A Branch shall grow out of his roots. 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)
In this prophecy of the Messiah, we are told how the Lord Jesus (walking upon earth as a man) would function in order to manifest godliness. He would live by this prophetic promise: “The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him.”
The Holy Spirit operating in Jesus would be to Him “the Spirit of wisdom and understanding.” No one ever displayed wisdom like Christ. Whether dealing with the woman taken in adultery (Joh 8:2-11) or answering provoking questions about Caesar’s image on a coin (Luk 20:20-26), He wisely circumvented every attempt to undermine His ministry. Jesus also demonstrated perfect understanding. When confronting the self-righteous scribes and Pharisees (Mat. 23:13-35), He applied perfect discernment, exposing the corruption of their hearts.
Operating in Jesus, the Holy Spirit would also be to Him “the Spirit of counsel and might.” Jesus was truly the “Wonderful Counselor” (Isa 9:6). When counseling Nicodemus, the religious ruler (Joh. 3:1-21), and the Samaritan woman at the well (Joh. 4:7-42), He fully gave them what their hearts were seeking in the truths they needed to hear. Also, Jesus distinctively exhibited the might of God. Whether boldly speaking to calm the raging sea (Mar 4:35-41) or courageously remaining silent at His trial (Mat 27:11-14), the mighty power of God was on majestic display.
Ministering to Jesus, the Holy Spirit would also be to Him “the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.” No one ever possessed knowledge like the Lord Jesus. “Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men” (Joh 2:24). “Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father” (Joh 13:1).
Jesus not only had thorough knowledge, but that knowledge was always controlled by “the fear of the LORD.” Everything that Jesus ever did was under the full influence of His godly fear (reverential trust and loving respect) toward the Father. “The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him” (Joh 2:17).
Remember, all of these wondrous expressions of Jesus’ character were based upon the enabling work of the Holy Spirit. “The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him.” This same Spirit of God can bring forth in our lives every appropriate application of these same realities manifested in the life of Jesus.
Who is like You, O Lord? Who could ever match Your majestic character—certainly not me. Yet, I need manifestations of such fruit in my life. Please work deeply in me by Your Holy Spirit, producing such Christlikeness, I pray, in Your holy name, Amen.
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