Christ needed the Holy Spirit at his birth, in his growth, in his ministry, in his suffering, and in his exaltation.
What was the role of the Holy Spirit in Christ’s life on earth?
1. The Holy Spirit in Old Testament predictions
There are three ways in which the Old Testament indicated that the Messiah would be filled with the Holy Spirit while on earth:
Old Testament offices: The typical Old Testament offices of prophet, priest, and king were anointed with oil. This signified their need and God’s supply of the Holy Spirit’s gifting and empowering (Isa. 61:1)
Old Testament vocabulary: The future Savior was called the Messiah, meaning the Anointed One.
Old Testament prophecies: The Old Testament predicted that the Christ would be filled with the Holy Spirit (Isa. 11:2; 42:1; 61:1).
The Old Testament offices, vocabulary, and prophecies indicate the indispensable necessity of the Holy Spirit in the future Messiah’s person and work.