Yesterday we went back to beginning to see that God’s Spirit or ruach is what gives life to all things. The Spirit is the inner life of God. There is no life without the Spirit.
Genesis 1:1-2. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Today let’s explore this truth within the life and ministry of the person of Jesus himself. We’ll look at some scriptures from Luke’s gospel to guide us.
Luke 1:35. And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.”
Notice the connection of this scripture to Genesis 1:1-2. In Genesis, the Spirit overshadows the “formless and void” earth. At Jesus’ incarnation, the Spirit overshadows the “formless and void” womb of Mary the virgin. In both cases he brings life from where there cannot be life. Jesus’ human life was directly generated by the Spirit (pneuma in Greek). Jesus is the New Creation. The Creator has become the creation by the Spirit.
Luke 3:16. John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit [pneuma] and fire.
God’s desire is for all of humanity to share in the divine life (zoe) by the Spirit (pneuma). Jesus will baptize, all who believe, in the Spirit, and thus they will receive his life.
Luke 3:21-22. Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit [pneuma] descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
Here again, the Holy Spirit is hovering over the Creator, Jesus Christ, and descending upon him to empower his human life with divine life. The Father’s love is connected to this life. He declares his love over his son. Love brings divine life. The divine life is love.
Luke 4:1-2. And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil.
Luke 4:14. And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee
Jesus moves through life by the direction of the Spirit. From temptation in the wilderness, to ministry in Galilee, the Spirit’s divine life guides Jesus’ human life.
Ok, you get the idea, and we could go on and on through the rest of the book. So what’s our point today? Jesus is living his life as a human (his psyche and bios) by the life of the Spirit (zoe). He is the model of the new humanity- living humanly by divine power.
“To live is Christ” means that we too live by the life of the Spirit. The Spirit brings life to the lifeless “formless and void” place inside of each of us. He brings life where there is death. He brings the zoe of Christ into our hearts in the form of the love of Christ for us. A love demonstrated in his living and dying. And just as the word of God released the ruach of God at creation, the Word of God (Jesus) releases the ruach of God (Holy Spirit) into our newly created hearts.
Won’t you stay with me over the next few days as we see what living by the Spirit meant for Jesus, and what it means for us.
*The pictures in today’s blog are from artist Daniel Bonnell. Check him out.