Tuesday, February 28, 2006
The Baptism of Jesus
Has anyone ever wondered if the baptism of Jesus could be a model for the believer? I mentioned before that I had a 'technical' problem with the idea of a 'second work' of the baptism of the Spirit. Most of the examples in Acts seem to be believers receiving the Spirit later than conversion because of ignorance of Pentecost. But when Jesus was baptized, the Spirit of God descended on him like a dove. This seemed to be a special inauguration of his ministry from which point he moved in amazing power by having the Spirit in a new way. Obviously, Jesus was not separate from the Spirit in any way before this. Also, of course I know I have the Spirit already at work in me. What I'm looking for is real and tangible power for ministry, to the devastion of the kingdom of darkness and the glory of God in the ushering in of his kingdom. Any thoughts anyone? I could very possibly be really off here. I haven't really checked out any other opinions yet, or spent time digging in Scripture on this one. I would appreciate your ideas, and suggestions for books/sermons or Scripture references.