“For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure.” NASV
Sometimes we forget that Jesus was a man born of flesh and blood. Isaiah 50:4, the prophet speaks about the Christ waking up morning by morning to learn. Luke 2:52, it is said that Jesus had to grow in wisdom and knowledge. He had a teacher.
Jesus several times in the book of John makes reference to being sent by God the Father and only speaking those words that were taught to Him or spoken to Him. The Holy Spirit is the means by which the Father interacts on earth. John 12:49,50, Jesus declares that He only speaks what was taught to Him. When He says the Father taught Him, He is stating the ultimate authority. The Holy Spirit is the means of God that taught Jesus. Just as in Matthew 16:17, Jesus told Peter that the great revelation Peter just shared about Jesus being the Christ came to him by His Father. Well, the Father did not get of the throne and show up to Peter and tell him that. No, the Holy Spirit was the means for Peter’s revelation. In the same way, the Holy Spirit was the same means to teach Jesus.
Matthew 4:4, man is not to live on bread alone but on every word that proceeds from His mouth. In other words, what the Holy Spirit teaches. Jesus lived this. He abided in the Father and the Holy Spirit taught Him.
John 6:38, Jesus declares that He was sent to do the will of Him that sent Him. In John 89:28,29, Jesus declares that the Father taught Him and these are the only things that He speaks. It makes sense, right? If I send someone to speak on my behalf, I would teach them exactly what to say. That is not a difficult concept. We see as well that the Holy Spirit was always with Him. He did not leave Him. Jesus several times had said that He was not alone.
John 6:63, Jesus declares that the words He speaks are spirit and life. The Spirit gives life. This also makes sense. The Spirit is everywhere. When His words are spoken He is able to bring life. Rather, when the Word that He teaches is imparted and spoken they carry the same power as if He said them. They are His words and He is able to deliver the correct meaning to the heart of the hearer.
The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father to teach and raise Jesus to complete the monumental task that He was assigned to complete. From a young age the Holy Spirit was teaching Jesus. Nothing is mentioned of Jesus from the age of 12 until 30, when He was baptized. During that time the Holy Spirit was teaching Him.
John 6:38 After being taught of God, Jesus had to submit to the will of God. Jesus had a will. Jesus could have lived a normal life and ignored what the Father called Him to do. If Jesus was unable to be tempted in this way, He would have been like a robot not a human. He would not have been tempted in every way like we are tempted. Hebrews 4:15
Matthew 3:13-17, the gospel writer declares that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and as He was coming out of the water, the Spirit of God was seen landing upon Jesus floating softly like a dove. Then the voice of the Father declares, this is My Son. The Holy Spirit had been teaching Jesus, but until the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus, He was not ready for ministry. This was the baptism of the Holy Spirit upon the life of Jesus. This was the enduement of power that Jesus needed. Enduement follows revelation and submission. The Holy Spirit had been teaching Jesus through revelation, then Jesus submitted to what the Father had called Him to do (baptism was symbolic of Jesus’ own death, He was submitting to do what was called of Him), then came the enduement of power.
Luke 4:18, 19, Jesus declares that the Spirit of the Lord is upon Him because He is anointed Him to preach the gospel and set the oppressed free. Jesus didn’t declare that He was God and as God He did the preaching and the works. No, He said that the Holy Spirit upon Him the Father inside of Him did the works. Jesus was the vessel of the Father by the Holy Spirit.
John 14:10, Jesus marries words with works. The Holy Spirit speaks the words then the Holy Spirit inside of Jesus, upon Jesus, does the works. The proof of God on the inside of Jesus, by way of the Holy Spirit, was the very works that He accomplished. He could not have accomplished these works with the Holy Spirit in His life and without submitting to the Father’s will. Jesus was the vessel.
The relationship we see between Jesus and the Holy Spirit was one of teacher/ student. Then power/ vessel to fulfill what was taught. When God starts to teach He does so to prepare. Jesus was and is the perfect vessel.