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Lesson # Luke 1:67-80
Study Material - Luke 1:67-80
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67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: 68 'Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, 69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of David His servant-- 70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old-- 71 Salvation from our enemies, And from the hand of all who hate us; 72 To show mercy toward our fathers, And to remember His holy covenant, 73 The oath which He swore to Abraham our father, 74 To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, 75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. 76 'And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways; 77 To give to His people the knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins, 78 Because of the tender mercy of our God, With which the Sunrise from on high shall visit us, 79 To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.' 80 And the child continued to grow, and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
Enduement is a theological term. In the Old Testament and prior to the giving of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Old Testament believers were at various times 'filled' with the Holy Spirit. In this they received the power of the Holy Spirit and certainly were under the control of the Holy Spirit. This resulted in different manifestations. Samson had the most obvious overt manifestation of strength, but in others came prophesying. And we have already seen some examples of Mary in recent lessons who became filled with the Holy Spirit when she recited her song of faith.
After the Feast of Pentecost, 'enduement' ceased, and was replaced with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This is very different. In our Church Age, indwelling is universal in all believers and occurs at the point of ones faith expression in Christ, and remains forever in the individual believer. In the Old Testament, enduement was not universal and even David prayed that the Holy Spirit would not be taken from him, which of course it was removed on occasion of discipline for David. Not everyone received the filling of the Holy Spirit. Too often people get these situations mixed up and think they are gaining some emotional experience in the filling of the Holy Spirit, and they express their situation by gargling, or babbling nonsense. And that is exactly what it is. They are phony, and whole groups of peoples have been taken in by this phony show. In fact whole denominations have evolved on the basis of this trend of thought. Don't you be fooled. Today we are either under the control of the Holy Spirit, or under control of the sin nature, depending on the status of sin in your life. We get into fellowship and back under the control of the Holy Spirit when we cite, or name, or list, or confess (depending on the terminology you want to use) our sins to God the Father. Once in fellowship, which is not an emotional event, we come under the control of the Holy Spirit, and all connections with God are established. Think of this as being online with God. It is in this state that we have the full use and benefit of Gods power and protection, and blessing, and spiritual growth.
When we sin we go off line, disconnected, so to speak, and lose our link with God, so we have to reestablish it with our fellowship prayer.
So, now Zacharias was filled with the Spirit, when he regained his voice and he began prophesying. He began speaking the knowledge which he had resident in his soul. During the last nine months plus, Zacharias was humbled with silence for his doubt, and to prevent him from abusing this situation to promote himself amongst his peers. He learned Bible doctrine and came to the realization of just what was taking place. Mary stayed with them during Elizabeth's last tri-mester of pregnancy. Zacharias could not have ignored her part in the birth of Jesus. In fact he learned a great deal. We know this by what he has to say, which is a tremendous contrast to what he thought some nine months earlier.
68 'Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people, 69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of David His servant-- 70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old-- 71 Salvation from our enemies, And from the hand of all who hate us;
He gives praise to God, but not to just God, but to the Lord God, the second person of the trinity, the Son of God. And states that He has already accomplished salvation for Israel and all who believe. The horn is a reference to Jesus Christ who is about to be born. The savior who will be promoted to rulership over the dynasty of David, and rule forever. To save us from sin, for that is what salvation is. The work of Christ on the Cross, to receive the punishment of sin in our place so that we may all have the opportunity to be saved and live eternally with God in heaven. Zacharias referred to the prophets, those who wrote scripture, and spoke of the savior time and again for many centuries. And their words came from God. The prophets of old did not manufacture the scriptures from their own imaginations, but wrote what God conveyed to them.
Mercy is God's grace in action. The blessings that God gives each of us. God is faithful and He fulfilled His promises which He gave to the many believers in the past from Adam to the time of Zacharias. Through the Cross which is pictured as certain to happen, God fulfilled our deliverance from enemies. Enemies of death, of sin, of oppression in this world, of Satan's practices, and so forth.
In holiness and righteousness. Gods holiness is comprised of His justice and righteousness, which together demand no interaction with sin and the punishment of sin. These are both fulfilled on the Cross, thus giving us justification before God and making us acceptable to Him once again through out belief in Jesus Christ.
76 'And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways;
Now Zacharias has it all straight. John is to be the forerunner, the voice calling in the desert, which will precede the ministry of Christ. John will be the voice heard and then will fade, as Christ will be the voice seen and then will be glorified. John will go before, preaching and baptizing, preparing those who will believe in the savior, the Son of God who is living in their presence, but unseen for the moment. To receive salvation by means of the forgiveness of sins. This forgiveness is accomplished by the suffering that Christ will endure on the Cross. And all this because of the love of God, which He has held out for mankind, and has given us the sunrise, Jesus Christ, a new day, a new beginning in spiritual life when we decide to believe in Christ.
Because we are in the darkness, when we do not have God in our life, and we are subject to eternal condemnation and permanent death and the lake of fire. But with God in our life through faith and through our spiritual growth by our consistent learning of Bible doctrine, God leads our steps in our daily life.
And John grew up strong in faith. From a very young age, John was positive for doctrine and learned rapidly. Consequently he advanced to maturity quickly and maintained his spiritual status until his death.
John lived in the desert. God has a plan for every ones life. And your location has nothing to do with God's ability to fulfill His plan for your life.
Zacharias was right on track with God's word and he now understood it very well. Despite his faith failure prior to the pregnancy, God still had a plan for his life and blessings too. What we do or accomplish has nothing to do with God's plan for our life. Certainly we must learn Bible doctrine and advance to maturity. Without that advancement, God may discipline you in some way to get you on track. Avoid the problems in life that come with God's discipline and stick with your spiritual studies and growth. Be consistent, and do not get to feeling sorry for yourself. Everything that happens is for the good of God's plan for the human race and history and for your individual life. Learn this principle of life and you will save yourself a lot of grief.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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