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I've been Thinking - 15 September 2019

posted date: Friday 13th September 2019

Recently, I had the privilege of being in Auckland for a week, studying Third Article Theology at Laidlaw College. The subject, in brief, is a theological reflection on the scriptures from the starting point of asking, what is the role and function of the Holy Spirit within this passage. Looking through the “lens” of the Spirit so to speak.

 

In thinking on and discussing this subject, and its wide and varied implications, one comment from the lecturers stood out for me.

 

They asked, when Jesus walked this earth, understanding that He was fully God and fully human, how did He heal the sick and do miracles? I am not sure this is something you have possibly thought about, but it is an important question.  When the class was asked, there was a muted silence as we realised that the lecturer was about to make a point. Sure enough, our lecturer’s considered opinion was that many people in the church, you and me, quietly believe that Jesus performed all his miracles because he was God.

 

But that is not what the Bible tells us. Philippians 2:7 & 8 saids that Jesus “emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death even death on a cross.”

 

The point was then made, if Jesus was fully human, emptied of “being God”, then how did He heal the sick? The answer is found in a number of places, like Peter teaching the Gentiles in Acts 10:38 “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.”

 

If Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit to heal and set people free, that gives us great hope and encouragement, as we are also filled with this same Spirit. In fact it is gives greater weight to Jesus words in John 14:12 „Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.”

 

Now that is something to ponder on this coming week.

 

Let me pray for us. “Lord Jesus, empower and embolden us to live our lives, in the same power and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit as you did we ask. In your name we pray. Amen.”

 

Shalom

 

Bruce