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The Spirit Filled Life PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ir. David Kurniadi.   
Friday, 20 May 2016 04:22

Jesus the Son of God became flesh or incarnated as human being. His incarnation was described in John 1:14. In the beginning God the Son was with God the Father. He himself was God and had equality with God. He was the Creator of everything. He came into the world that was made through Him and dwelt among men. But His people did not recognize Him nor receive Him, though He was the Life Giver and the True Light (John 1:1-5; 9-11).


When the Son of God came into the world He released His equality with God; He emptied Himself from everything He possessed as God: His power and His Glory (Philippians 2:6-7). The only thing that still adhered to Him was His status that will never change as the Only Begotten Son (John 1:14).


He released everything and became an ordinary man and further took for Himself the position as a humble servant (Philippians 2:7). It was because He came not to be served but to serve people, even to give His life as the redemption for human salvation (Matthew 20:28).


Since He emptied Himself, He then became one hundred percent human like us. He had a body that could hunger and tired (Luke 4:2; John 4:6). He was able to commit sin if He would. He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet He did not sin (Hebrews 4:15). Furthermore, He as human being had to learn obedience (Hebrews 5:8), since He was under the authority of His earthly parents (Luke 2:51).


So now, how He who was one hundred percent human could live without sin in this sinful world (2 Corinthians 5:21)? How could He overcome all the temptations that He encountered? How could He totally obey The Father’s will that had sent Him, even unto painful death at the cross (Philippians 2:8)? How He, though He was one hundred percent human, could do great miracles that no man can do? How He could carry out God’s amazing plan to save man from eternal death? How could He do all these things while He had emptied Himself and became as ordinary human being?


The answer is: because while He was in the fashion of human being, Jesus filled with the Holy Spirit and led by the Holy Spirit!


The Holy Spirit is the omnipotent Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit involved in the creation of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:2). It was the Holy Spirit that materialized the Word of God and behind the creation of everything. It was the Holy Spirit that performed great things and behind those great miracles that was done by the prophets. And now the same Spirit filled and led Jesus (Luke 4:1).


Indeed Jesus was born of the Holy Spirit; The Holy Spirit overshadowed the virgin Marry (Luke 1:35). It was the Holy Spirit who formed the character of Christ that He grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52).


Yet Jesus didn’t do any miracle and wonder before He received the power of the Holy Spirit. And it was begun when the Spirit baptized him after John baptized Him in the water (Luke 3:21-22). Before that time the Bible had no record any miracle done by Jesus. The first miracle He did was when He changed the water into wine at the wedding feast Jesus attended in Cana (John 2:11); that was the first miracle the Scripture recorded.


Thus the secret of Jesus’ power was “Spirit filled life.” What does it mean with “filled with the Spirit”? “Filled” here does not talk about “volume” like if a glass or a bottle filled with water. Since that such “filled” is “static.” The glass or bottle that filled with water is as static as the empty glass or empty bottle. But “filled” here is “dynamic.” It means, “filled” that gives and leads to something.  


The Bible describes the dynamic “filled” with the Spirit by contrasting it with “drunk with wine” (Ephesians 5:18).


When someone drinks wine, he fills his belly with wine, and then the wine will start to make him drunk and affects his actions and his conversations. He does and says unreasonable things that he won’t do it in normal situation. But this is a bad fullness that gives and leads to negative things. That is why the Bible said, “be not drunk with wine!”  


But then The Bible commanded, “be filled with the Spirit!” “Filled with the Spirit,” means that we are filled or incorporated with the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17) to such degree where the Holy Spirit could control and affect our actions and conversations, our mind, our emotion and our will. But of course this is a good and positive fullness because it gives and leads to a good thing: a useful and precious thing for ourselves as well as for others. It gives positive effect that the Bible suggests and even commands us to have it and experience it. 


When someone is filled with the Spirit or fully controlled by the Spirit, then the Holy Spirit can freely work in him and through him; then the Holy Spirit can lead him and drive him according to His will.


That was what happened with Jesus before He began His ministry to do the great and wonderful works of God on earth.


We read in Luke 3:21 that before He began His great ministries, Jesus was first baptized by John the Baptist in Jordan River. His willingness to be baptized by John showed His humbleness, His submission and obedient toward the Father’s will. It’s because, though He was a devout person and needless to repent, but He willingly gave Himself to be baptized (Matthew 3:13). Though John’s baptism was the baptism for repentance (Matthew 3:11) but Jesus did it because He wanted to fulfill God’s will (Matthew 3:15)


So, John baptized Jesus according to the Father’s will. Meanwhile, Jesus had to stand with the crowd who were going to be baptized. The crowd came to John for repentance from their sins (Matthew 3:5-6). Some of them might be prostitutes, adulteress, criminals, corruptors, and Jesus, though He was sinless, stood in the midst of them, queuing to get baptism, as if He also was sinner like them. What a humble man He was, and how obedient He was to His Father’s will?

John himself was reluctant to baptize Jesus because He knew that Jesus was sinless and needless to repent (Matthew 3:14). And John himself instead wanted to be baptized by Jesus with the Holy Spirit because John knew that Jesus was the Baptizer with the Spirit (Matthew 3:11).


As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of water and the Holy Spirit descending like a dove and alighting on Him. Jesus was baptized with the Holy Spirit and then a voice from Heaven said: “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16-17). This was the time of “adoption to sonship” which was called “huiosthesia.”


Since that time the Father entrusted Jesus with His great works on earth that was to save mankind and establish the Kingdom of God in the world (Mark 1:14-15). This is the way God saves the world. Since then Jesus could use all the power of God on earth and act on behalf of His Father’s name with full authority so that everything must subject to Him (Mark 5:20; Luke 8:25; Luke 11:14).


Jesus was indeed the Son of God, but while He was on earth He must again received “the adoption to sonship” so that the Father can give Him power and authority to act and carry out the great works of God. Remember, that He has emptied Himself when He came into the world and became human. He must receive the Spirit that gave Him the adoption to Sonship (Romans 8:15). Only after He received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit He began to do great ministries and wonderful works of God. That’s why we do not read that Jesus did any miracle before that time.


From Luke 4:1 we read that Jesus was filled with the Spirit and led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil for 40 days. From this passage we could draw some lessons:


First: only those who were filled with the Holy Spirit or fully controlled by the Holy Spirit can be led or moved by the Spirit. In other word, the Holy Spirit can work freely only upon the life of those who would be fully filled and controlled by Him.


The Holy Spirit led Jesus to the wilderness to face temptation. If it was not under the control and power of the Holy Spirit how was it possible for the Holy Spirit to lead someone to the wilderness to be tempted, because that was the undesired situation and condition for the flesh; it was not its favorite place. The flesh desires for comfortable and enjoyable place and not suffering. The flesh desires are always in contrary with the desires of the Spirit (Galatians 5:17).


Moreover Jesus cannot stand and survive in the wilderness for 40 days without eating anything if he was not supported by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will never abandon those who were led by Him (John 14:17). He will strengthen them with His mighty power (Ephesians 1:19) to make them stand even in the most difficult situation. Man’s natural power can never do that (John 6:63).



If we, who are very limited, filled with the Holy Spirit and led by the Holy Spirit, then we will be able to bear everything with the unlimited power that is supplied by Him (Philippians 4:13). We will stand even in the worst situation and come out as the overcomer by His power that strengthen us.


We also read that after 40 days Jesus was hungry (Luke 4:2). This was not a usual hunger but a severe one because for 40 days there was not any food entered His body. In such situation man’s physical condition became so weak and his sense became dull. His emotion began unstable and his self-control became weak. But that was not with Jesus, because the Holy Spirit filled Him and supported Him with His power.


Jesus can stand and survive not because He was a superman. When Jesus was in the world He was just like us. For temporary He was made lower than the angels (Hebrew 2:9) and became an ordinary man. He has emptied Himself as God and was depend completely upon the power of the Holy Spirit. His physical strength was completely supported by the Holy Spirit, not with His own might.


The incredible fact was that though physically Jesus was so weak after fasting for 40 days but His spirit was still strong, fresh and aglow. Jesus replied the Devil’s challenge with a precise answer and broke all his temptations. This was because the power of the Holy Spirit upheld Him.


Usually a starving person who was physically weak lost his concentration and his emotion was easily exploded and could not control himself. He would give up and did everything to fill up his stomach. Just look at the adventurer who tried to survive in the jungle, he would eat and do anything just to keep him alive. In times like this man would easily be tempted. They will do anything without clear thinking even disregard moral values as long as he can survive.


Not so with Jesus. Under the power of the Holy Spirit Jesus still could control himself and think clearly to give a wise and precise answer to maintain His principle and stood on the Word of God.


That’s why it is very important for us to be filled with the Spirit and led by the Spirit, so when we are in bad situation, or when our physical body growing weak because of age or sickness, our spirit and faith are still glowing, strong and fresh (Romans 4:19) that we may not fall into temptation and could present ourselves acceptable before God.


Being filled with the Spirit has made Jesus to have a strong and true principle of life to overcome the Devil’s temptations. This is the work of the Holy Spirit upon those who are filled with and led by Him. The Holy Spirit builds the strong moral and spiritual foundation for the righteous to stand against the temptation.




Second: Jesus had a principle that man’s life is not supported only by material things but also with spiritual things. Indeed that man needs to eat and drink to support his life. These are the primary and basic needs for the body. But man’s life also supported by godliness (1 Timothy 4:8) and his obedient toward God’s commands. Was not the Scripture repeatedly told us that if we would earnestly worship God and keep His commands God will make our lives longer, and give us health and heal our sickness, besides other blessings (Deuteronomy 11:21; Proverbs 10:27; 4:20-22; 3:7-8)?


Mostly people give more priority and attention for material things rather than spiritual things. They try to keep their health and to live longer by consuming good food, healthy diet and sport exercise. That’s absolutely no wrong! But if they neglect their spiritual life like worshiping God and disobey the Word of God then it becomes wrong (Romans 13:14), because after all our life and health are the gift of God (Matthew 6:25).


Therefore those who understand this will seek first the spiritual thing and give it the first priority (Matthew 6:33), and God will give to them everything they need. Healthy diet and physical exercise only give limited profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, both for present life and the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8).


After fasting for 40 days Jesus was very hungry. And the Devil came to tempt Him. The Devil challenged Jesus to use His power to change stone into bread (Luke 4:3-4), and indeed Jesus has such power to do it if He would. But Jesus did not want to follow Satan’s suggestion just to fill His empty stomach, because Satan is God’s opponent. Jesus remembered Adam’s fall, when Adam ate the forbidden fruit following Satan’s advice, though at that time Adam was not in hunger but enjoying abundant in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-24). 


If Adam was fallen because a mater of food he ate, Jesus “the Last Adam” did not repeat the same mistake. He refused Satan’s advice by standing on the principle that man shall not live on bread alone or from material things only. But man’s life also depend upon every word that comes from the mouth of God; that is spiritual things coming from God, the true Source of Life.


If we want to overcome Satan’s temptation we must stand on the same principle that is to give priority upon spiritual things over the material things. Then God the Source of Life will add our life span with health. This is His will that we may live longer and healthy by His grace.


Third: Jesus has the principle that the main goal, the true and precious purpose of human’s life is neither wealth, nor power, nor popularity, but to worship and to serve the Lord (Matthew 4:10).


If we have this principle we will not easily fall into temptation to love the world and pursue what the world offers (1 John 2:16-17). Many people fall because they pursue wealth, power and popularity. They would sacrifice everything including their family and even their faith for it. They would do the things even that against the law to gain their riches (1 Timothy 6:9-10). These kinds of people are an easy prey for Satan because they would trade their faith and their soul to gain those things. And they would worship and serve the Devil as long as they can obtain them.


When someone loves the world, the love for God immediately vanish from his heart (1 John 2:15). Though outwardly they are having form of godliness (2 Timothy 3:5) but actually they don’t worship God but worship Mammon (Luke 16:13).


Unto Jesus the Devil showed Him the kingdoms of the world and its splendor and authority. The Devil will give Him all if He would worship him (Luke 4:5-7). But Jesus was not attracted and tempted with those things because His goal and purpose were to worship and serve God the Father alone (Luke 4:8). If we stand on the same principle we will not be easily tempted by the world and we will be able to worship and serve the Lord with a whole heart and soul.


Fourth: Jesus was challenged to test the Word of God, which promised Him a protection, to prove if it was true. Indeed the Lord has promised Him that He will command His angels to protect Him in all His ways (Psalms 91:11-12). This Word of God was the specific promise for Him, so the Devil has quoted the true Word and Jesus knew it well also. But Jesus had a principle that God who has promised this is faithful and true (Hebrews 11:11). That everything He has said He will do, and that every promises of God are “yes” and “amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20), so Jesus considered that He doesn’t need to test God’s promise at all. Jesus never doubted about God’s credibility. He realized that His calling was to believe, trust and obey God and His words and not to test His credibility.


Many Christians doubting that God’s promises are true. They doubt about God’s credibility, so they are questioning God and His words. We do not need to be critical toward God’s promises because God is faithful and true. So we do not need to test His promise even God challenged us to do so.


For instance: in Malachi 3:10 God challenged His people to prove His promise regarding paying the tithe. But if we believe in Him we do not need to do it, we just need to obey and give our tithe faithfully as He has commanded.


If we stand in this principle like Jesus did, then we will be protected from being critical and skeptical to God’s word and promises. We just want to believe just as it is and obey it. This is the true faith that believe and trust the credibility of God and His words. When we have such faith God will surely be pleased with us and will do His part to fulfill His promises.


The pretension to be critical toward God’s word doesn’t come from the Holy Spirit, but from fleshly desire. Satan is happy when we have such critical and skeptical behavior toward God and His words. He likes when we are questioning God’s credibility because it will lead us to search for God’s mistake from any angle. This attitude will not lead us into the true knowledge of God at all but will set us apart from God. It will make our spiritual life becomes weaker, our faith will grow dim and dying and finally we found ourselves as a skeptical person and even worst as apostate.


The Word of God finally became just knowledge from the dead writings that contains neither life nor power in it. While for those who believe, the Word of God contains life and power (Romans 1:16), even the creative power that creates something from nothing. They get benefit from it (2 Timothy 3:16) and great profit that brings them into the true knowledge of God.


In Luke 4:14 we read further that after Jesus accomplished His trials in the wilderness, Jesus appeared with full of power of the Spirit of God. Only to those who would be fully controlled by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit will fill them with His mighty power (Acts 1:8).


Many Christians want to receive the mighty power of the Spirit and they pursue it in many ways: with prayers and fasting, but they don’t receive it because they don’t give themselves to be controlled and led by the Spirit. The Spirit will not give His power upon those who do not subject themselves to Him.


Level of occupation of the Spirit upon one’s life will determine the level of power and authority he receives. Jesus was totally occupied by the Holy Spirit. He did not limit the Holy Spirit to fill, occupy and leading Him. Therefore Jesus received the unlimited power of the Holy Spirit (John 3:34). With the unlimited power and authority Jesus did His ministries and many miracles and wonders (Acts 10:38).


With the unlimited power of the Spirit Jesus accomplished the works of the Father on earth; the works that the Father had put on His shoulder. He accomplished completely the work, even with great suffering that cost Him His life to die on the cross at Calvary Mountain. He was successfully done His work by rise again from the dead and ascended back to Heaven. And it’s all done by the power of the Holy Spirit that worked so powerfully in Him (Ephesians 1:19-20).


Jesus who truly filled with the Holy Spirit and totally controlled by the Spirit of God can say confidently “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me” (Luke 4:18). This was not just an optimistic word because of His expectation. This was the testimony, the confession about the fact that the Spirit of the Lord was indeed on Him and has anointed Him.


This was proved by the fact that He knew exactly the works that God had set for Him to be done (Luke 4:18-19). Many Christians claim that the Holy Spirit is upon them and that they are anointed by the Holy Spirit, yet they do not know the works that God has set for them (Ephesians 2:10) and they don’t do anything.


Every Christians who are filled, anointed and led by the Spirit certainly will fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). They will begin to speak the Word of God boldly (Acts 4:31) and demonstrate the power of God (Acts 6:8). They will not just attend in the church and speaking in tongues, but not witnessing and winning the souls for the Lord and claim that they are filled with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It is not according to the purpose of the anointing of the Holy Spirit that gives power to be the Lord’s witness (Acts 1:8) and a channel of God’s blessing for many people for the glory of Christ.


The life of Jesus that filled with the Holy Spirit was the fulfillment of the Scripture (Luke 4:21). The life of those who are truly filled and led by the Holy Spirit will also become the fulfillment of the Scripture. The Word of God becomes real in their lives. It becomes their daily experience that could be seen by people surround them so that they might glorify the Father (Matthew 5:16). 

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