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Explain Mark 1:12

MARK 1:12 says," and immediately the spirit driveth Him into the wilderness." Question; was this spirit of GOD or satan? comments

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I remember being taught that the Spirit of God is peaceful and gentle when it operates, however the wicked Spirit of Satan is "panicy" and rushing. The phrase "driveth him into the Wilderness is from Satan, but God allowed it to happen because he saw the good that would come of it. Satan ment it for evil, But God used it for Good.
---Marcia on 8/18/07


The danger of moving scripture out of context. The verse preceding the one in question answers your question. The Spirit in the form of a dove, speaks of Jesus as if it were the Father, then it drives Jesus into the wilderness. Same spirit---God the father.
---Jay on 8/18/07


It was the spirit of Satan, cause this is when Jesus recieved the Holy Ghost and then after Satan tried to tempt him in the wildnerness. It was Satan who diven him there not God.
---Rebecca_D on 8/18/07


Mike, that was a very interesting comment that you made about Jesus, and how Satan after the baptism came to Him. Good point. There is a lot to see in each Scripture and we sometimes miss something. What do you think was the intrinsic meaning God put those passages in Scripture for? Since we need to know the meaning first and then apply it to ourselves, don't you think A-Servants answer is the true meaning? At least I do. Just a thought
---Lupe2618 on 1/13/06


It was God's Spirit. An interesting side bar note of my own... Jesus lived apx. 30 years before He was baptized - and this baptism was in water and Spirit. Interesting part is.... Satan did not know who He was until the Spirit came upon Him. This is when Satan knew to make his move, his futile attempt to corrupt the Son of God. Interesting to me anyway.
---mike on 1/5/06




After reading what I wrote and after studying my bible. I found out I was wrong. Yes I do admit it :) the spirit of God led him into the wilderness so Christ might be tempted. when someone recieves the baptism of the Holy Ghost as Jesus did, satan tempted him. So when any of you get baptised by the Holy Ghost (if haven't yet) then get ready to be tempted by Satan like you have never been tempted before.
---Rebecca_D on 1/4/06


Jesus is God - Jn 1:1. Satan ALWAYS submits to God. After Jesus responded to each of Satan's tempatations, Satan never revisted the same question - Mt 4:3-11, accepting Jesus' authority (submission).

Mt 4:10, 16:23; Mk 8:33; Jn 13:27 Each time Jesus commanded Satan, he obeyed (submission). In Mk 5 the devils acknowledged Jesus was the Son of God, feared Jesus may torment them, & asked permission of Jesus to enter swine.
---a_servant on 1/3/06


WIVV, the Greek word is ekballei, and the closest single word we have for this is eject. (ek= out + ballei= throw or thrust), thus "thrust out" is accurate. The Holy Spirit was rushing Jesus out just like the Angels rushed Lot and his family out. The Spirit of God can be a quickening spirit. When a dead person was dropped into Elisha's grave and touched Elisha's bones he was quickened and jumped back out of the grave. That's power, this power did "drive" Jesus into the wilderness.
---Eloy on 1/3/06


God would not have allowed Satan to force Jesus to do anything. This was all prepared by God to show Satan that there was absolutely nothing he could do to cause Jesus to succumb to his temptations. He knew all that time ago that he had lost the battle and he knows it now.
---M.P. on 1/3/06


Based on the commentaries I just referred to, this is the Holy Spirit. However, the word that may be causing the confusion is, "driven". It would be more accurate to say "led" into the wilderness. The point that's being shown here, is that Christ was also tempted, as we are, but was victorious over the temptations, as we can be if we follow Christ's example.
---WIVV on 1/2/06




Mima, my answer is different then Rebeca's. Spirit in the verse is in capital letters. Compelled by the Spirit Jesus confronted Satan and took the first step toward overthrowing his evil kingdom (1 John 3:8). Though God tempts no one (james 1:13)He sometimes sovereignly permits Satan to tempt His people (Job; Luke 22:31,32). It had a purpose for God.
---Lupe2618 on 1/2/06


It was the Holy Spirit, of God, that led him into the wilderness. It was Satan who tempted him. Jesus faced temptations, just as we do, and he fought Satan with the Word of God. Luke 4:1 explains Jesus was full of the HOLY Spirit.."And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness," Spirit is capitalized, because it refers to part of the Trinity.
---wes on 1/2/06


It was The Spirit like a dove in Mark 1:10 which thrusts him out into the wilderness.
---Eloy on 1/2/06


Good question. I hope to hear some others opinions on this one too. I would say I'd go with Matt.4:1 were it says He was Led by the spirit into the wilderness not driven as it says in Mark 1:12.Once again we see translation problems. I don't think the devil had the power to drive Him anywhere and He wouldn't have followed the devil there.I would say it was the Spirit of God. Any one else there have some comments?
---john on 1/2/06


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