1 Samuel 10:1-8 (Part 2) – How Jesus’ Birth Changes How The Holy Spirit Deals With Us

Posted: December 24, 2017 in Book of 1 Samuel
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1 Samuel 10:1-8 (Part 2 of 2)
Samuel Anoints Saul as King

As we sit here on Christmas Eve, but yet we are in the book of Samuel, how can we wrap the Christmas story into this passage. We must remember that the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation points to Jesus Christ. The thing that we must look at in today’s passage in relation to Jesus Christ is the role of the Holy Spirit here in this passage and how the Holy Spirit deals with us today because of Jesus.

Back in the Old Testament we see temporary visitations of the Holy Spirit upon members of God’s chosen people, Israel, and even upon nonbelievers as temporary measures. Why did the Holy Spirit not indwell people in the pre-gospel days but yet He does now? It is because of what began on Christmas Eve night as labor pains for dear, sweet Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the birth of the Emmanuel, the Messiah, the Christ on Christmas morning. Jesus’ birthday celebration that we call Christmas is a celebration of the fact that Jesus Christ stepped down out of heaven and became flesh. He became flesh for two reasons – to live the perfect and sinless life and to be the once and final, permanent sacrifice for our sins. Upon the cross, by God’s grace, Jesus took on the penalty for all sins of all mankind for all time, past, present and future. What a weighty load of punishment for sin that must have been. No wonder Jesus said, my God, my God, why have you forsaken me. In the pain of the cross, he took the punishment for our sins and washed away our penalty of eternity in hell separated from God by that act. All we have to do is believe that Jesus Christ, indeed, was of one and the same essence of God, and that He arose from the dead to his us hope and victory over sin and death.

It is through believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, one of the three expressions of the Trinity of God, that we are made clean. It is through believing in Him as our Savior from our sins and the penalty of hell that we deserve for just one sin (not to mention a lifetime of them) that He imputes his perfect righteousness to us. We are made holy through Jesus paying the penalty for our dirty sins on the cross. We are set free through Jesus Christ on the cross and we are made new through His resurrection. When we believe in Him as our Savior we enjoy the benefits of his purity and righteousness and we are made clean in the eyes of a just and righteous God. And it is through that imputed purity and righteous that the Holy Spirit can come dwell permanently in our souls. Not just a temporary visitation but a setting up of a permanent residence in us. We are indwelled by the Holy Spirit because of the work of Jesus Christ to take away the crimson stain of our sins and makes us holy and righteous and white and pure as snow. Without the birth of Jesus, we have no example of how to be like Him. Without the birth of Jesus, we have no crucifixion. Without the birth of Jesus, Jesus could not die as the perfect, sinless sacrifice for our sins. Without the birth…and death…of Jesus, we cannot have the resurrection which gives us evidence of the belief that He is God. Without the birth…and death…of Jesus, we cannot have the resurrection which gives us evidence of His victory over our sins and his victory over death itself and evidence of the fact that we can indeed enjoy eternity with Jesus in heaven after our own physical death.

Without the birth of Jesus, and his acts or works on earth that make us holy, the Holy Spirit could not indwell us. Jesus makes us pure. He makes our souls clean. He makes our souls pure and holy such that the Holy Spirit can indwell us. For our souls are made a temple for the Holy Spirit through the work of Jesus Christ on earth that began on Christmas morning with His birth. This mission to make us holy and righteous in the sight of God began in a manger. The mission to make us ready for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit began this day in Bethlehem.

With that idea of how Jesus’ birth changed everything including how the Holy Spirit deals with us, Let us read 1 Samuel 10:1-8 together now:

Chapter 10
1 Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it over Saul’s head. He kissed Saul and said, “I am doing this because the Lord has appointed you to be the ruler over Israel, his special possession.[a] 2 When you leave me today, you will see two men beside Rachel’s tomb at Zelzah, on the border of Benjamin. They will tell you that the donkeys have been found and that your father has stopped worrying about them and is now worried about you. He is asking, ‘Have you seen my son?’

3 “When you get to the oak of Tabor, you will see three men coming toward you who are on their way to worship God at Bethel. One will be bringing three young goats, another will have three loaves of bread, and the third will be carrying a wineskin full of wine. 4 They will greet you and offer you two of the loaves, which you are to accept.

5 “When you arrive at Gibeah of God,[b] where the garrison of the Philistines is located, you will meet a band of prophets coming down from the place of worship. They will be playing a harp, a tambourine, a flute, and a lyre, and they will be prophesying. 6 At that time the Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them. You will be changed into a different person. 7 After these signs take place, do what must be done, for God is with you. 8 Then go down to Gilgal ahead of me. I will join you there to sacrifice burnt offerings and peace offerings. You must wait for seven days until I arrive and give you further instructions.”

In this passage, we must ask the question, “How could Saul be so filled with the Spirit and yet later commit such evil acts?” Throughout the Old Testament, God’s spirit “came upon” individuals temporarily so that God could use them for great acts. This happened frequently to Israel’s judges when they were called by God to rescue the nation (see Judges 3:8-10, for example). This was not a permanent, abiding influence, but a temporary manifestation of the Holy Spirit. At times, in the Old Testament, the Spirit even came upon unbelievers to enable them to do unusual tasks (see Numbers 24 and 2 Chronicles 36:22-23 as examples) and then depart from them. Saul was a different person in the early years of his reign as a result of the Holy Spirit’s work in him but as his power grew, so did his pride. After a while, he refused to seek God and the Spirit left him.

How are we different from Saul in the post-gospel period, the period of the church? As we have said, Jesus’ birth changed everything. Prior to Jesus’ death and resurrection, the Holy Spirit could not dwell within us in a permanent way. We were not holy on our own. Yes, we could believe in God and thus because of the Trinity believe in Jesus Christ (since the three aspects of the Trinity have coexisted eternally), but before the birth and death of Jesus Christ, they were saved by their faith. Clearly, Old Testament saints were aware of the promised Redeemer, and they were saved by faith in that Savior, the same way people are saved today. However, the benefit that we have in the post-ascension era of Jesus Christ is that we can now have the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

And oh what a benefit that is. Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we are made more and more like Jesus every day. Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit over a lifetime, he chisels us and hones us into Christlikeness. He points out our sins. He points out what we need to confess and what we need to change to make ourselves more like Christ. Through the indwelling of the Spirit, we are changed daily. Through the indwelling of the Spirit, we know the voice of God. Through the indwelling of the Spirit, we no longer have temporary visitations of the Spirit. Through the indwelling of the Spirit, we bear His fruits that grow greater as He does his work within us. We are permanently and progressively changed by the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
And it all began this day, with the birth of Jesus Christ as a baby in the flesh. A baby that had a mission to reconcile us to God and to make us holy in God’s sight. Jesus was born this day to do all that. Jesus had a mission from birth. It was to reconcile us with God and to make us holy such that God could again commune with us in the dew of the evening as Adam did before the fall. Just think, because of Jesus and our belief in Him as the Lamb of God, we now have God’s Spirit living within us because of what began this day in Bethlehem.

You are holy through Jesus Christ. All you must do is believe that Jesus Christ was God and He became flesh on this day in Bethlehem some 2,000 years ago to save your soul and make you holy such that God could make His home in your heart.

Amen and Amen.


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