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And when they lead you to judgment, and hand you over, do not be anxious beforehand about what you will say, but say whatever is given to you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the holy spirit. Bible

“The holy spirit.” Here in Mark 13:11, “the holy spirit” is the gift of God’s nature that God put upon people to empower them with spiritual power. We can see that Mark 13:11 and Luke 12:12 use “holy spirit” as the gift of God from the parallel verse in Matthew 10:20. In the Old Testament and Gospels, when God wanted to empower someone with spiritual power so they could prophesy or do great feats, He placed His gift of holy spirit upon them (cp. Num. 11:17-29; Judges 3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 1 Sam. 10:6, 10; 16:13; 1 Chron. 12:18; 2 Chron. 15:`1; Micah 3:8). God placed His gift of holy spirit on Jesus Christ for the same reason; so that he could be spiritually empowered (Isa. 11:2; 42:1; 61:6; Luke 4:18).

On the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2), Jesus Christ poured out the gift of holy spirit on everyone who believed (Acts 2:38), and that gave them spiritual power (Acts 1:8). [For more information on the uses of “holy spirit,” see Appendix 6: “Usages of ‘Spirit’”].


Commentary for: Mark 13:11