AMY: Hi, Dr. MacArthur, my name is Amy. JOHN: Hi, Amy. AMY: I want to thank you so much for your
ministry. You’ve impacted so many people, including
myself and my family. My question is, what is the relationship…how
does the Bible define the relationship between Christ and the Holy Spirit, especially during
His ministry on earth? JOHN: Good question. The best way to understand that is this, that
when Christ emptied Himself as it says in Philippians 2, and took upon Him the form
of a servant, He yielded up His own personal will. He said over and over, as we have noted many
times, “I only do what the Father shows me to do. I only do what the Father tells me to do. I only do what the Father does. I only do it when He says to do it.” And it comes to the crux in the garden when
He says, “Not My will, but Yours be done,” which means He is completely submitted to
the Father’s will. So He goes through life, not that His will
is in disagreement with it, but He yields up His own prerogatives to do the will of
the Father. The self-emptying, however, is more than that. It is more than just a willingness to do the
Father’s will in the Father’s time. It is a yielding up of prerogatives within
His own power. For example, He said if I wanted to I could
call a legion of angels. Right? But I won’t. He yielded to the Father’s will and He yielded
to the Spirit’s power so that if you, and this comes out in Matthew chapter 12, if you
said of Jesus He does what He does by the power of Satan, that’s what the leaders
said, He says you have blasphemed the Holy Spirit. Which is to say what He does He does by the
Spirit. You see an illustration of that, several illustrations
of that, early on in the gospel of Luke. You can remember the Holy Spirit leads Jesus
into temptation. The Holy Spirit empowers Him as He goes into
Galilee, empowers Him to preach, empowers to do miracles so that He in His self-emptying
does the will of the Father in the power of the Spirit. So to assign what He does to the devil is
to blaspheme the Spirit who is really the one doing it. This comes into clear focus, if you understand
from the very beginning, that He was conceived in the womb of Mary by the Holy Spirit. He was at His baptism being baptized by John
the recipient of the Holy Spirit in a symbolic way when the Spirit came like a dove and settled
upon Him. This was a demonstration of now that He’s
going to launch into His ministry, it’s going to be empowered by the Holy Spirit. So that’s the way to understand that. Now Jesus said in that last night in that
Upper Room with the disciples, He said, “When the Holy Spirit comes, He will speak of Me.” So the ministry of the Holy Spirit now is
to point us to Christ. In His humiliation, Christ pointed to the
Holy Spirit as the source of His power. In His exaltation, in His saving work, the
Holy Spirit comes to point us to Christ. Okay? Good question, Amy. AMY: Thank you.