We know that Jesus was anointed with power through the Holy Spirit who was present in Him and through Him (Acts 10;38). But the Holy Spirit brought much more than just power. As the prophet Isaiah said:
Isaiah 11:2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and strength,
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
In this prophecy of the work of the Holy Spirit in the Messiah, we see a number of blessings brought by the Spirit. Let us focus on just one of them: understanding.
Jesus had understanding of God’s ways, God’s will, God’s purpose. Thus the power of the Holy Spirit was channeled through Him properly. Without godly understanding, the power of God would not have been properly directed.
Give thought now to something that the apostle Paul said to his co-worker Timothy:
2 Timothy 2:7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
Paul is saying that the way to get understanding is to consider his words. Of course, he didn’t mean there was power in his own words. Rather, he was talking about the word of the Lord through him. As he says in another of his letters:
1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.
So, what does this have to do with the Spirit of God?
Proverbs 1:23 “Turn to my reproof,
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.
The Spirit of God is poured out on us and we receive knowledge and understanding (note that knowledge was listed along with wisdom in Isaiah 11:2 above) of what God has said when we turn to God’s reproof.
Note also that:
Psalm 111:10 …A good understanding have all those who do His commandments… [emphasis added]
He who would receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit though Jesus – that is, he who would be anointed with understanding as Jesus was – must be about doing these things.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.