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Luke 4 states:

1And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wildernessESV


13And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

14And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. ESV

Had the Holy Spirit left Jesus during the temptation? In other words, does "led by the Spirit" (v1) followed by "returned in the power of the Spirit" (v14) imply the Spirit was absent from Jesus during the intervening period? If so, why did the Spirit leave?

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Welcome to bh.se! This is a good question. I just formatted a little bit more to fit our site. –  Frank Luke Sep 12 '13 at 21:55
Hi Kris, I've edited to try and make your question a little clearer, please let me know or edit again yourself if I've got your intention in the question wrong? –  Jack Douglas Sep 14 '13 at 8:43
That is perfectly edited. I did not know the format that would express the question clearly. I am new to this site. The question is found in Luke 4:14. At the beginning of the chapter the scripture states the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted, but then Jesus returned in the Power of the spirit in v14 so my question was where did the Spirit go? Moreover why did the Spirit leave? I am here to lear so please edit it freely to get the question across better. I will take notes for future questions. –  Kris Sep 14 '13 at 22:43

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"And Jesus ... was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil."

There is no indication in the Greek text of Luke 4:1-14 that the Spirit left Jesus to fend for himself, even briefly, when he was πειραζόμενος ὑπὸ τοῦ διαβόλου ("tempted of the devil" in KJV). Ergo, the same motivation that moved him to go INTO the wilderness apparently remained with and continued to motivate him during the entire 40 days Jesus spent IN the wilderness.

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This is a good answer, but you may wish to reword the first sentance slightly since I edited the question following a comment from the OP. –  Jack Douglas Sep 15 '13 at 20:25

No. The text wasn't refer to the Holy Spirit in v.13: "he [the devil] departed from him [Jesus] until an opportune time"

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I've edited the question, but I'm not sure if I've understood the OPs intent or if you have. He may roll the change back or add further clarification. –  Jack Douglas Sep 14 '13 at 8:45
It is my fault you have misunderstood the question, refer to my comment. –  Kris Sep 14 '13 at 22:44

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