John the Baptist testifies of Jesus Christ Himself Part Two
This passage says the Spirit descended from heaven like a dove. John the Baptist saw this extraordinary appearance at his baptism. The Holy Spirit abode Himself on Jesus Christ Himself. I wish I saw this but I was not born. It is a little hard to observe something if I do not exist.
John the Baptist not only saw this but attested this miracle from God with the seriousness and solemnity of witness - bearing. He made affidavit of this witness from God. John did not see the Holy Spirit but he observed the dove which was a sign and representation of the Spirit of God.
We as a true child of God are made manifest because the grace of God through His Son Jesus Christ works through our spirit. If we continue in Jesus Christ our glory is reserved for a future state. One minister claims that we have it all here on earth. If that were the case why does Ephesians say, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Je'sus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:" Ephesians 1:3.
The Holy Spirit descended like a dove which is an emblem of meekness and gentleness. This dove (the Holy Spirit) brought the olive branch of peace. "And the dove came in to Him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so No'ah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth." Genesis 8:11. The Holy Spirit that descended upon Christ abode upon Him but we will soon see as we read the book of John that this was a constant reality in Jesus Christ. That is where we as Christians should desire to be in life as the Holy Spirit shines through our spirit in our walk with Jesus Christ. John the Baptist was sure as he saw this but I think it is very interesting that when John was put in prison when he doubted God. We are human so this back and forth does happen but if we ask God He will always give us verification in His time. When the call of God to one of His servants is clear his or her comfort is sure in the presence of the Holy Spirit. We may not attain worldly success but that is not how Jesus Christ judges His children.
Look at John the Baptist. He was called to baptize with water and then he was directed to Jesus Christ who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. This is what gave John boldness in his testimony for the Son of God. God gave him assurance and then and only then could he speak with clarity for Jesus Christ.
In verse 34 John says again this is the Son of God. This is the conclusion of the testimony of John the Baptist. John said and I saw and bare record that this is the Son of God. The apostle Peter also had the exact same message because he said, "And Si'mon Pe'ter answered and said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Matthew 16:16.
We as believers in Christ are also to be pointing to the Son of God and telling people that salvation is through Him. If you do not know Jesus Christ in a personal way and desire to come to Him then accept the Son of God into your heart as personal Savior and Lord by repenting of all your sins and invite Jesus Christ into your life.
If you just made that decision your name was just written in the Lamb's book of Life. We have a responsibility and accountability to abide in Jesus Christ everyday, repent of our sins and be the profitable servant as we strive to do the will of God for our lives. If we read the Bible the plan of God is revealed for us and it is not as complicated as most people portray to other people. God will reveal a teaspoon at a time what He desires us to do for Him. This takes diligence but that is the least we can do in light of the fact that Jesus Christ died on a cross for us and is intently involved in our lives in the present tense. I see so many Christians forget about God and just live their lives for all practical purposes away from Jesus Christ. If you read John chapter 15 and observe how passionate the Son of God is regarding our responsibility of abiding in Him. There are so many "Ifs" in that chapter and a warning that if we forget this biblical precept the branch will be cut off. Jesus Christ is the vine we are the branches. Our fruit for God grows on the branches but that can only happen if we are abiding in Jesus Christ.
God bless you,