Though fully God as well as fully Man on earth, Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit before being sent to announce freedom to those taken captive, those held bound by men or demons, by their own ignorance or by sin. Without the Enabler working in and upon Him He could not have opened the dungeons where many were put in bonds and called them out, or procured salvation from sin Rom.6:22, opened our eyes to the knowledge that the time for God to show mankind favour has come, that it is His pleasure and delight to put His Kingdom in us Lk.17:21. None of this was achieved without opposion. Throughout His ministry on earth the devil persisted in contending with Jesus, always seeking an opportune time to come against Him. But Jesus always prevailed. His mornings, as well as the times when He would separate Himself from His disciples and the crowds, were spent having conversaons with His Father.
God’s Spirit lives in believers 2Tim.1:14. As disciples of Jesus, we also have been ‘baptized with the Holy Spirit’ Acts.1:5, received ‘power’, as on the Day of Pentecost, that we may witness to Him, first in our locality, and then further afield ‘to the end of the earth’ v.8. By this baptism, we can do what we could not by our own strength. However, to be continually ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’ Acts.2:4, we need spend quality time in fellowship with our Father in heaven, in worship, prayer and rejoicing before Him. Then, like Stephen we shall see into the realm of the Spirit Acts.7:55, our hope in God will be unshaken Rom.15:13, signs, wonders and various miracles will follow us Heb.2:4, our faith will be kindled and, like Peter who was once afraid to acknowledge his relationship with Jesus, we will not be ashamed of the gospel, and will speak and act boldly Acts.4:8.
In the synagogue at Nazareth, Jesus revealed what He was sent to do when He stood up to read from the book of the Prophet Isaiah. After saying: “To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord”, He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant, sat down and said that the Scripture is ‘fulfilled’ Lk.4:18. In the statutes of God to Israel, the ‘year of the Lord’ was the ‘Year of Jubilee’, of redemption, when those indebted, hired servants and slaves are released Lev.25:54, when lands are returned to their rightful owners, because it is their possession Lev.27:24. Understand this: Jesus came to redeem YOU, to announce the ‘year’ of your release from the shackles of sin, to recover all that the devil stole from Adam at Eden. Your inheritance, all that rightfully belongs to you, has been returned.
Jesus had not read the whole prophecy of Isaiah when He said it is ‘fulfilled’. I believe He passed the baton on to us who are ‘trees of righteousness’ ‘the planting of the Lord that He may be gloried’, to finish what He started. We are to proclaim ‘the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…’. There is more. We who are ‘named the priests of the Lord’ and called ‘the servants of our God’ are to ‘rebuild the old ruins’, ‘raise up the former desolaons’, ‘repair the ruined cities…’ Is.61:2-6. There is much work to be done.
The commission to disciple the nations was given with the requisite tool for accomplishment. The power ‘over all the power of the enemy’ Lk.10:19 given to us is the Holy Spirit. Activating the Spirit of God in us releases power and causes signs and wonders to follow us to draw men to His Kingdom by proofs of its problem-solving capability. To travail in prayer to bring forth is to recognize our need for spiritual strength Eph.3:16. We cannot achieve God’s Kingdom mandate on earth without Him; the carnal mind struggles with, and the flesh opposes, the things of God. Out of those in the world, just as He gave some to Jesus, God gave some to every believer. To these we must give the words of life we received. Like the man in the country of the Gadarenes, we who are delivered need proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, tell people what He has done, and about His having compassion Mk.5:19. By
this, men will marvel and be drawn to our God
We need divine assistance to accomplish divine agenda Jn.17:6-26.
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