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Published On : July 18, 1997

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An Expose Of One of Modern Churchianity's False Doctrines

Recently a member of The E.D.G.E. Online Mailing List posted
the following comment:

"Something that I'd like to share with you is something I
learned this past week. Jesus did not have the Holy Spirit in
Him until He was baptized by John. Just thought you might find
that interesting. If you disagree email me."

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I have to admit, that the above comment is an interesting
speculation, and one which, until now, I had never really
looked into before. Like many others, I have just blindly
accepted and assumed that Jesus was filled with the Spirit
at the time of His water baptism by John, just as the above
comment claims. But, being the curious and analytical soul
that I am, I decided to research the matter to find a more
definitive answer on the subject. Thus, this article is an
examination of what I have discovered. I hope you are
prepared for what might be a shocking revelation for you.

Would it surprise you if I suggested that perhaps Jesus'
baptism wasn't exactly what everyone has been led to believe
by organized religion? Hasn't it ever struck you as being
rather odd that we are taught that John was filled with the
Holy Spirit from birth, yet Jesus, the very Son of God, had
to wait some thirty years until His baptism by John to
receive the same Power and Annointing? Don't the Gospels
tell us that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Ghost? In fact,
don't they tell us that BOTH Mary and Elizabeth were
overshadowed, or filled, with the Holy Ghost? It is as clear
as day if you read the Scriptures with an open mind. Let's
take a look at Jesus' conception first. In the Gospel of
Luke we find the following account:

"...The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of
the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy
thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of
God." (Luke 1:35)

I suppose it is a matter of personal interpretation of this
cryptic passage, but if the Holy Ghost came upon Mary, and
the power of the Highest overshadowed her, it sounds to me
like it is saying she was filled with the Holy Spirit, which
is why the angel Gabriel calls Jesus a 'holy thing.' Jesus
was in fact a creation of God's Spirit within Mary's womb.
Unlike John who was the result of normal human intercourse,
Jesus was the result of a miraculous union of flesh and
Spirit. Of course, we also know that John's conception was a
miracle because we are told that Elizabeth was barren and of
old age, just like Abraham and Sarah had been. Let me share
that verse with you because it will become very important
later on in this discussion:

"And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived
a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her,
who was called barren." (Luke 1:36)

We are also told that Elizabeth was so embarrassed at being
pregnant at such an old age that she hid herself for the
first five months:

"And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid
herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with
me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my
reproach among men." (Luke 1:24-25)

Personally, I find it quite interesting that two of the most
blessed women of all time were scorned by society because of
their unorthodox pregnancies, one in her old age, and the
other impregnated by questionable means. Remember, until he
was instructed by the angel, even Joseph had thought to put
away Mary his espoused wife:

"Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing
to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away
privily." (Matthew 1:19)

But, it is in His very unorthodox methods that God shows His
true greatness:

"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to
confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of
the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base
things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God
chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought
things that are:" (1 Corinthians 1:27-28)

Getting back to the main issue, the point is that John had
to be filled with the Holy Spirit, while Jesus was the very
essence of or creation of the Holy Spirit to begin with.
Another speculatory article I wrote on this topic is 'Holy
Ghost: Spirit Of Jesus Christ?' which also explores the
possibility of a unique relationship between Jesus and the
Holy Spirit. You might want to take a look at it if you
haven't already done so.

Now, if you reject this idea of Jesus being filled with the
Holy Spirit since His conception, or even being the actual
incarnation of the Spirit, however you prefer to look at it,
then you are going to have a very hard time explaining to me
how it is that at the age of twelve, He was already busy
with His Father's work apparently WITHOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT,
since you don't believe He received it until His baptism by
John some eighteen years later. According to Acts 1:8, the
whole purpose of the Holy Ghost is to give each of us the
power to witness, which is EXACTLY what Jesus was doing at
the tender age of twelve:

"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is
come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in
Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the
uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

We are told that the doctors of the law were amazed and
astonished by the wisdom in Jesus' words:

"And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding
and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and
his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with
us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing."
(Luke 2:47-48)

And what was Jesus' response when His parents finally found
Him in The Temple?:

"And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye
not that I must be about my Father's business?" (Luke 2:49)

I find it extremely difficult to believe that at this young
age, Jesus is already aware of His calling and ministry, and
is teaching the doctors of the law in The Temple, WITHOUT
the anointing of the Holy Ghost. Unless God's Spirit was
already upon Him and in Him, how could the boy Jesus
possibly know these things? How could He state them with
such certainty of purpose? Surely it must have been God's
Spirit speaking through Him with such authority. If we look
only a few verses earlier, we find the following:

"And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with
wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him." (Luke 2:40)

Notice that the word 'spirit' is not capitalized. This could
mean that it should be taken in a generic sense, such as
when you say, 'That person has got a lot of spirit.' At the
same time, it could be a typographical error. Going by the
rest of the verse, there are indications that it may
actually be referring to THE Spirit. I base this on the fact
that it also says He was filled with wisdom and the grace of
God was upon Him. If we turn to John chapter fourteen where
Jesus is discussing with His disciples the coming baptism of
the Holy Ghost, we find the following verse:

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father
will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and
bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said
unto you." (John 14:26)

How is it that the Holy Ghost will give them the power to
witness?...By TEACHING them all things, and bringing all
things to their remembrance. In other words, the Holy Spirit
would teach them the wisdom of God because it is the Spirit
of Wisdom. If you doubt this connection between the
anointing of the Holy Spirit and being strong in spirit and
filled with wisdom, as Jesus was described in Luke 2:40,
consider what we find in Acts chapter six concerning the
selection of Stephen and others AFTER the day of Pentecost:

"Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of
honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we
may appoint over this business." (Acts 6:3)

Notice that it almost appears as if 'Holy Ghost' and
'wisdom' are synonymous. A few short verses later, Stephen
is 'full of faith and power' doing great wonders and
miracles. The Holy Spirit is so strong upon him that no one
can resist him:

"And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit
by which he spake." (Acts 6:10)

Notice again, the very same words, 'wisdom' and 'spirit,'
(with a small 's'), just like the verse describing the child
Jesus. Just as this verse is referring to the Holy Spirit,
so is the verse describing Jesus' childhood. Both of these
verses should have had a capital 's' in my opinion. A few
chapters earlier, we see how Peter and John were likewise
filled with the power and wisdom of God, the Spirit of

"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and
perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they
marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had
been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13)

So you see, power, (being strong in spirit), and wisdom are
the results of being filled with the Holy Ghost. If you are
not yet convinced of this connection between the Holy Spirit
and widsom, that they are in fact almost, if not synonymous,
here are a few more verses"

"For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to
another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;"
(1 Corinthians 12:8)

"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the
knowledge of him:" (Ephesians 1:17)

If you want to ponder further on this, consider that in the
Old Testament proverbs, God's Spirit is likewise described
as Wisdom which He possessed since the very beginning of
time, even before the physical Creation of the universe:

"The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before
his works of old." (Proverbs 8:22)

In fact, in a specific prophecy concerning Jesus from the
book of Isaiah, we read the following:

"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse,
and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of
the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and
understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit
of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;" (Isaiah 11:1-2)

So then, based on the description of Jesus' own birth, the
very same descriptive terminology being used to describe His
childhood and the acts of the Spirit-filled disciples, as
well as the additional Scriptures I have provided, I
personally have no doubt that Jesus was filled with the Holy
Spirit from birth, and NOT when He was about thirty years of
age, as many of us have been erroneously taught. As a
rational thinking human being, doesn't it strike you as
being even the least bit odd that Jesus would be denied the
Holy Spirit for ninety per cent of His life, only to have It
for the last ten per cent, when John had it all of his life?
Come on folks, it is time to chuck some of the false
doctrines which some of the churches have taught you. Jesus
said if the blind lead the blind, they will both fall into
the ditch. (Matthew 15:14) Open your eyes and see The Truth
according to God's Word. Don't rely upon the false teachers
of the Faith.

At this point, some of you may be wondering, 'Well, so
what's the big deal? Why is it so important to know when
Jesus was filled with the Spirit?' When you see this new
little revelation I got today, I think you will begin to
understand the wisdom of God as was to be revealed in the
events surrounding John the Baptist. This stuff is heavy
duty, and it blew my mind as I discovered it. We must
remember that God is very organized in His ways. He has a
set time and purpose for everything, even if we don't
realize it. Let's take a look now at John the Baptist.
Before John's birth, the angel Gabriel told his father
Zacharias the following:

"And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall
rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of
the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and
he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his
mother's womb." (Luke 1:14-15)

Have you ever wondered about exactly when this prophecy was
fulfilled? I never did. But today as I was revising this
article, it all suddenly became clear to me. Remember the
verse I shared early regarding the angel's message to Mary?
Here it is again in case you forgot it:

"And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived
a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her,
who was called barren." (Luke 1:36)

There are two important pieces of information here which
most folks probably overlook. First of all, why did the
angel Gabriel tell Mary about her cousin Elizabeth? Although
it isn't stated directly, obviously, he wanted Mary to go
visit her. Maybe he did tell her to do this, but it just
wasn't recorded here. The second point is that when Mary
became pregnant, Elizabeth was already in her sixth month of
pregnancy. Remember that we were told she had hid for the
first five months? Obviously, God has a very specific
purpose in informing Mary of her cousin's pregnancy. We need
to remember that they didn't have cars in those days. To
travel even short distances meant walking or riding on a
slow animal. At any rate, a short time later, we find Mary
visiting her cousin Elizabeth in the hill country of Judah.
It is what happens when they first meet each other that is
so miraculous:

"And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the
salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and
Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:" (Luke 1:41)

This is really the strangest thing if you pay close
attention to what is happening here. Elizabeth hears Mary's
verbal salutation and immediately baby John leaps in her
womb, and Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Ghost. What is
going on here? Well, I can't say for sure, but if you are
willing to accept some of my other ideas which I believe I
expounded upon in 'The Manipulation Of Time And Space,'
maybe we can make some sense out of this. I believe it may
have been in that article where I compared the Holy Spirit
to a type of spiritual energy, much like electricity. Now,
if Mary was filled with the Holy Ghost when she conceived
Jesus, and Jesus was living and growing inside of her, isn't
it possible that she continued to carry that same Spirit
within her, since Jesus was Himself the very physical
creation of that Spirit? Now let's focus for a moment on
what Jesus said in John chapter six:

"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth
nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit,
and they are life." (John 6:63)

Here we have a clear indication that the spoken word is
synonymous with spirit. We also know from John chapter one
and elsewhere, that Jesus is called the Word of God. In
addition, we know that by merely speaking the word, by
sending forth the Spirit from His mouth, all things were
created in the beginning. Genesis is full of '...and God
said...' Here is another verse which goes along with this:

"For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word
of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out
of the water and in the water:" (2 Peter 3:5)

We also know that at the end of this current age, when He
again speaks the word, the same Creation will be destroyed
to make room for the new:

"But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same
word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day
of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." (2 Peter 3:7)

So then, it should now be obvious that there is real
spiritual power in the spoken word...even in our words
today. Consider then the young Mary upon whom the Holy
Spirit had come, who was overshadowed by the power of the
Highest, and who now carried the baby Jesus. She must have
been very much full of the Spirit when she went to see her
cousin Elizabeth. Call it a wild imagination if you will,
but it seems to me that when Mary verbally saluted her
cousin, something very heavy happened in the Spirit. The
only way I can think to describe it in a way which you might
understand is to say that the Spirit arced from Mary, via
her spoken word if you will, to Elizabeth, just like between
two electrodes, filling Elizabeth, and consequently John,
with the Holy Ghost. Remember, words are invisible. We can
no more see them than we can see the Spirit, yet we can see
and feel the effects of both of them in our lives. Let me
ask you, what happens if you are in your living room walking
around on the carpet, and you go over to turn on the
television? You get a sudden jolt of static electricity,
don't you? And what is your immediate reaction when this
happens? You jump back! You leap backwards because of the
sudden unexpected shock, don't you? Now take a look again at
the previous scenario:

"And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the
salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and
Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:" (Luke 1:41)

Some may consider me a bit off my rocker, but it sounds to
me like there was either a transfer or sharing of spiritual
Power or Energy, and Annointing passing or bridging between
baby Jesus and baby John at that very minute that Mary spoke
to Elizabeth. That is the precise moment at which John was
filled with the Holy Ghost! That is why it was so important
for Mary to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Apart from carrying
baby Jesus in her womb, she was the vehicle through which
God would zap baby John and his mother with the Power of the
Holy Ghost...and it would be given to them by Someone who
was given the Spirit without measure:

"For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for
God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him." (John 3:34)

Baby Jesus and Mary were a powerhouse of spiritual Energy
who went to charge John's battery so-to-speak. It all fits
perfectly. John didn't have the Holy Spirit for the first
five months of his life until Jesus, who was filled from
conception, gave him a jolt of the Spirit when His mother
opened her mouth and saluted Elizabeth. Who knows, maybe it
was even the Lord speaking through Mary, using her words as
the vehicle to accomplish the transfer of Power! Another
possibility is that maybe it was just the proximity of their
bodies acting as spiritual electrodes which activated the
discharge of Energy or Spirit. However, I am more inclined
to think it had to do with the actual words spoken by Mary.
Now, we could be tempted to think, 'Well, what if Mary had
never made that trip? Would John not have received the Holy
Spirit at that particular point in his life?' I think that
is a mute issue simply because, being as He lives in the
Eternal Now, God knew the future. He knew ahead of time that
Mary would make the right decision to obey and thus go to
visit her cousin Elizabeth.

This whole idea of Spirit and Energy goes right along with a
few things I've heard about the Ark of the Covenant. We know
that when the enemies of the children of Israel were foolish
enough to steal the Ark of the Convenant, they were slain by
some invisible force. I have heard theories which state
that, considering the shape and types of materials used to
contruct the Ark, (like lots of gold which is an excellent
conductor!), it may have acted like a large battery or power
unit...or maybe it just drew the Spiritual Energy from the
Other Side, I really don't quite know. What I do know is
that when the wrong folks got near it, the Lord would allow
a spark of Invisible Energy, or Spirit, to arc over and
electrocute them. It would be interesting to do a close
study of the garments worn by Aaron the high priest and his
successors. Could it be that it served to protect them in
some way from the High Voltage of the Most High?

Another example I've shared in other articles concerns the
transfer of Power between Elijah and Elisha. I am convinced
that there is some link between what the Bible refers to as
Spirit, and what we today call energy or electricity.
Remember what Paul said in his epistle to the Romans:

"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the
world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that
are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they
are without excuse:" (Romans 1:20)

All I know is, there are a lot of things in the Bible which
we have barely begun to grasp. While the mechanics of the
Spiritual Universe are beyond our human comprehension, I
can't help but wonder if man isn't beginning to tinker with
their most basic elements in his exploration of physics and
other related disciplines. Could this be why Jesus said:

"...Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?"
(John 10:34b)

...but that is another article which I am currently working
on. Now and then we come across certain movies in which it
seems that someone has come across some bit of Truth which
they are trying share with us in a science fiction or
fantasy-like environment. I think Raiders Of The Lost Ark
may have had some of this. The nature of the Antarians in
the 'Cocoon' series also made me pause to wonder. If we
equate Spirit with Energy, the description of Jesus in His
glorified body with eyes like fire and feet like polished
brass certainly seems to bare similarities to what we saw in
'Cocoon.' Think of the brightness of the sun. Think of the
brightness of a nuclear explosion. And then think of the
descriptions of Jesus in His Spiritual Body in the Bible. Is
the similarity just a coincidence? Is this why we can no
more look at the sun or at an explosion with our bare eyes
than we can look at God and live? You might want to read my
article 'The Seeing God Face-To-Face Dilemma.'

Before moving on towards the conclusion of this article, I
think it is also important to mention that there is an evil
side to this whole concept of equating verbal words with
spiritual energy. In the case of God and Jesus, it is
primarily a positive creative force, although God can also
use His words to chastise and destroy as is evidenced by the
two-edged sword:

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper
than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing
asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the
heart." (Hebrews 4:12)

I discuss this concept more fully in the article 'Beholding
The Evil And The Good.' However, in the case of Satan, the
spoken word is a purely negative and destructive force.
Consider when Lucifer made his first utterance to Eve in
Genesis chapter three. His words were to destroy and tear
down the creation of God; and he has been working at it ever
since. This is why we are told that he is the father of

"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your
father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and
abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.
When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a
liar, and the father of it." (John 8:44)

Just as Positive Energy or Spirit flows from the mouths of
God's children, we are told that the opposite is true with
the children of wrath. We find an excellent symbolic picture
of this in 'the unholy trinity' in the book of Revelation:

"And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the
mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and
out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the
spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the
kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to
the battle of that great day of God Almighty."
(Revelation 16:13-14)

If you want to see an excellent example of this negative
spiritual warfare which is being waged right now in our very
day, just turn on your television set or your radio or your
computer. The airwaves and telephone lines are full of the
negative propaganda of the Prince of the Power of the Air.
The politicians and merchants of the world bombard our lives
everyday with their Great Confusion to try to block out the
still small voice of God:

"And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in
the fire: and after the fire a still small voice."
(1 Kings 19:12)

Let's return now to the original theme of this article, that
is, the baptism of Jesus. In my quest to do a thorough
research on the subject, I continued looking through the
four Gospels for more clues. In so doing, I found the
following accounts which seem to further indicate that
perhaps Jesus did not have to wait until His baptism by John
to be filled with the Holy Spirit:

"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of
the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he
saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting
upon him:" (Matthew 3:16)

Notice that Matthew doesn't specifically say that it is the
Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit, he just calls it 'the Spirit
of God'. Could he possibly be referring to an angel which
came to minister to Jesus? As I stated in another paper,
depending upon the original translator's preference, just
changing 'the' to 'a' can make a very big difference in
meaning. For example, 'the Spirit' and 'a Spirit' can mean
two very different things, can't they? As I have shown
previously, there are indications that in some places a
capital 's' should have been used in place of a small 's'.
Could the exact opposite also apply as in the above verse?
In other words, in all places where the actual Holy Ghost
was mentioned, a capital 's' should be used, while in all
others, when referring to lesser angels or spirits, a small
's' should be used.

I have also always wondered why the writers of the Gospels
compared the Spirit to a dove. Was it because it was white?
Or because it was a being with wings? Or because it gently
came down upon Jesus from up in the sky? Or because it was
something else which flew and which had wings? While
Christian paintings tend to draw a literal dove above Jesus,
just as they paint literal tongues of fire above the
Apostles' heads in Pentecost paintings, I tend to believe
that these words were the closest terms which the early
writers could find to describe something unexplainable which
they had never seen or experienced before. They are making a
comparison. They are not saying that it was a dove, but
rather something which they only knew to relate to a dove.

The Gospel of Mark says about the same as Matthew:

"And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the
heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon
him:" (Mark 1:10)

The part about the heavens opening is also interesting. Does
this just mean the clouds parted and something white and
possibly with wings appeared, and then came down to settle
upon Jesus? What exactly did they see? Was an
interdimensional gap or vortex opened up as I describe in
'The Manipulation Of Time And Space'? Did this result in the
formation of some type of luminescent cloud, what some might
refer to as the 'Shekinah Glory'? Was this the dove?

The writer Luke describes it this way:

"And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove
upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art
my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased." (Luke 3:22)

Notice that Luke is the only one to specifically say that it
is the Holy Ghost. Notice his use of the words 'bodily
shape.' This is a clear indication that something very
physical was in the sky which they could all see. They could
actually see the shape of this thing. He then goes on to
describe the voice which came down from heaven just like the
others did, although I haven't included all of the verses

In the Gospel of John, John the Baptist says:

"And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending
from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him
not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said
unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and
remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy
Ghost." (John 1:32-33)

John the Baptist adds more information by stating that the
Spirit remains on Jesus. This could be a reference to the
actual in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit in Jesus' Body.
However, if the Holy Spirit is invisible, how is that they
physically saw it? Normally, when we think of God's Spirit,
we think of some kind of invisible force which fills the
person, right? Some folks consider the Holy Ghost to be an
actual spiritual entity. But in all of these verses, those
who are bearing testimony of the incident report a variety
of visible or audible signs. These include actually seeing
the Spirit descend, seeing the heavens parting, and hearing
a voice. All of these things came from above. It all sounds
very physical, like something was actually happening in the
sky. I will leave it up to my readers to draw their own
conclusions. You might wish to refer to my article 'Under
The Cloud: UFO's And The Bible' if you are interested in
some very unorthodox speculations.

So, the question remains, do the above verses mean that this
is the first time that Jesus is receiving or making contact
with the Holy Spirit? Can we even be certain that they are
in fact stating that Jesus is receiving the Holy Spirit
since only one writer makes this distinction? Based on what
I have presented in the first half of this paper, I am not
convinced of it. Remember also what Jesus said to Nathanael
in John chapter one:

"...Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see
heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending
upon the Son of man." (John 1:51)

Could this be what was really witnessed on the day of Jesus'
baptism by John? This verse is almost identical to Jacob's
dream in the book of Genesis:

"And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and
the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God
ascending and descending on it." (Genesis 28:12)

Some have speculated that Jacob had a vision of some kind of
celestial craft, a UFO, with some type of angelic beings
going up and down a ladder. Is it possible that this
'ladder' was actually a beam of light or gravitational beam?
Could Jacob's dream not have been a prophetic vision of the
future, of the time when the angels would come to minister to
Jesus? Could this be what John the Baptist and others
witnessed that day at the Jordan River? As a possible
confirmation of this, consider that shortly after Jesus had
fasted for forty days in the wilderness and had been tempted
by Satan, we find the following verse:

"Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and
ministered unto him." (Matthew 4:11)

"And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of
Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels
ministered unto him." (Mark 1:13)

The Apostle Paul also commented on this topic of ministering
angels when he said:

"Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to
minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"
(Hebrews 1:14)

While in the previous version of this article I had
indicated that I could not provide a definitive answer as to
exactly when Jesus was filled with the Spirit, with the
additional information I have now uncovered, it looks more
and more to me as if it occurred at the very moment of His
conception...and for a very good reason as I've already
pointed out. If Jesus is the First Creation of the Father,
the only begotten of the Father, the Firstfruits of the
Resurrection, etc., it seems to me that He would also be the
first to be endowed with, filled with, anointed with or
created by the Spirit. Afterall, as stated at the beginning
of this article, He was a direct result of the union of
flesh and Spirit in Mary's womb. He was a physical
manifestation of the Spirit of God, so why would He need to
be filled with it some thirty years later? It makes
absolutely no sense whatsoever. It is my view then that the
baptism of John has been misunderstood, either due to
intentional manipulation by organized religion at some point
in history, or possibly due to a slightly inaccurate
translation of a few words, or simply due to our lack of a
proper understanding of what is really being said in the
Gospels. Personally, I don't feel it is really a major issue
to debate over. The most important point is that Jesus was
filled with the Spirit of God, and not only was He filled
with it, but He was filled with it without measure. Just
like the River of Life, the Spirit flowing from Jesus was
endless. For this reason, so many people were wonderfully
healed just by His spoken word or by a mere touch of His
garment or a touch of the Master's hands. And more important
than a physical healing of our temporal bodies, it is the
words Jesus spoke which give us Eternal Life IF we believe
in them:

"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth
nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit,
and they are life." (John 6:63)

Jesus promised to send the Comforter to those who believe,
God's very own Spirit to dwell in our beings. It is through
the power of the Holy Ghost that we receive the anointing
and the boldness to proclaim the Words of Truth to a
spiritually destitute world. This is not just a promise of
the past as some false religionists like to claim. God's
promises are just as much for us today as they were for the
disciples of yesteryear. God's Spirit is alive and moving.
If your spiritual life is feeling kind of dry, if the desire
is in your heart to share the Word of God with others, but
you just can't seem to muster up the will to do it, perhaps
it is because you are lacking something. Perhaps you are
lacking that Power that God so desires to give you. Have you
been baptised with God's Holy Spirit? If you are not sure,
it is yours for the asking, for as Jesus clearly said:

"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto
your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give
the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 11:13)

It's as simple as that. You don't need to belong to a church
or religious organization to do it. You don't need to be
dunked in water. All you have to do is ask and believe that
you have received. It is an action of faith:

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you:" (Matthew 7:7)

"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer,
believing, ye shall receive." (Matthew 21:22)

"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we
ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if
we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we
have the petitions that we desired of him." (1 John 5:14-15)

Don't be tricked by those who tell you that you must join
their church first and then speak in tongues to be sure that
you are filled with the Spirit of God. Personally, the way
some of those folks act, jumping up and down, rolling all
over the floor, being 'slain in the spirit,' I really wonder
what spirit they are being slain with! It sure isn't the one
I am familiar with! <grin> God is not the author of
confusion, folks!:

"For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in
all churches of the saints." (1 Corinthians 14:33)

In Matthew chaper 24, Jesus said that this Gospel of the
Kingdom would be preached in all the world, and then the end
would come. To preach the Gospel, we need the spiritual help
that God offers. So please, if you aren't sure, or haven't
asked yet for the anointing of the Holy Spirit, please do
so today. He won't let you down. He promised. And once you
do, I guarantee you that the 'holy hounds of Heaven' will be
on your tail to preach the Gospel! I trust this article has
been a blessing to many.

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