As Christ followers we have heard this verse and should have committed it to memory. It was the last thing spoke by our Christ Yeshua before his death. Most of us see the surface of this verse and some see beyond its surface. The verse is deeper than some understand to be. And as I have shown before with other things this too can be linked to a lot of assumptions as well. This is mainly because it links denominational tradtions. Some denominations have to come up with all kinds of things about this verse to save face in their belief. Why? Because like other accounts in the Bible (I.E Christ in the garden of Gethsemane) this exposes a huge fact that most don’t like dealing with. Christ has a Separate Will and Spirit from the Father. Now this doesn’t take away the amazing fact that Christ always aligned his Will with his Father but it does provide uneasy realities about some beliefs. One such issue is with Oneness believers. I know this for a fact because I was one of those believers and I hated trying to explain this to others, let alone accept it myself. This verse as well as others show without doubt that Christ has a separate spirit than that of his Father. Theology tries to explain it in the thought that this was Christ Human spirit. Well you can call it whatever you like but scriptures don’t explain away this. Bottom line Christ’s spirit and his God and Father who “is” Spirit are not the same spirit. Yes they are united in all things they do just like a wife and or Husband are one flesh in all things done in that marriage. Yet the husband has a separate will, spirit, and body from the wife and visa versa. Now some may not have a problem with this but for oneness believers this is a problem because they believe Christ and the Father are not merely united as one but are the exact same person functioning as both as the same time. In others words they have no separate anything. No separate will, thoughts, power, knowledge, or anything. We are taught that we are suppose to believe and explain that Christ was merely quoting scripture, basically putting on and going through the motions for the sake of others to complete prophecy. I personally never felt comfortable with this because for me, putting on a act as though you were suffering when you weren’t is a lie. This is not God nor his Son. So if Christ ask for the Father to watch over and govern his spirit during his death he meant that. If Christ said to the Father not to allow his will to stop the sacrifice he was going to have to go through but let his Fathers Will be what governs this then he meant this. Anything else is a lie and lying isn’t within heaven.
The next group of believers that have a problem with this is trinity believers. Why? Because they believe in One Spirit, Son, and Father as One God equal/distinct from each other. Well let’s count shall we, we have the Holy Spirit (1 spirit), we have Christ’s so called human spirit( 2 spirits), and we have The Father who is a Spirit himself(3 spirits). Well that’s way more than One spirit that the doctrine of the trinity explains and more than scripture says when it says that there is but 1 spirit. Then if you really wanted to get technical let’s not forget the 12 spirits of God mentioned in Revelation. What do you do with that? So you see this verse as well as many others really don’t just fall into the nice neat package many Theologies has pushed to denominations for hundreds of years.
I say this because no denomination and no explained theology has the full answers. I have been very open about this fact. And what this verse and others that support it teach (not theology) is that Christ had his own separate spirit and will from his God and Father. The fact that the Father can govern over his Son’s spirit means the son’s spirit is separate from His. The Father can’t place his Will over his Sons will if they are not different(Gethsemane). So being that they are different this requires a different person for this action. Even if you use Psalms 31 link back to his quote, this whole chapter deals with a multitude sufferings and requests as the directed person is being bruised and tortured as the Prophecy of the Christ foretold he would. It is not a act nor a staged event that someone is told to quote/repeat. Christ said Psalms spoke of him and what he would go through not that he would speak of Psalms as a act or quote. There is a big difference.
The last and biggest thing that most don’t like to face about this statement is the indisputable fact that Christ Died. His God and Father can not die nor would ever need anyone to commit His Spirit to because He is Spirit. The Father never has ever asked for anything from Son or Holy Spirit if you believe in the exact concept taught in theology you have a big issue in front. The Father rules all and directs all just as he directed his Son to die for us just like scripture says. The thought that the son just volunteered for this is false as well. The Son was directed by the Father to do this and the Son was obedient. The Son obeys the Father and the Holy Spirit Obeys Father. To claim they are equal is false. By substance they are God just like by substance my son is a human and Samson was human. But there is a big difference between what my son could do as a human and what Samson could do as a human. Being put into the same category doesn’t equal quantity. Even among Kings if even One of the Kings rules the Others and Makes all decisions then that One King is truly King of the Kings. And as 1 Corinthian 15:28 explains when all is done even the Son has to take his place under the Father rule, they are not equal. This is why Christ needed the Father to govern over his Spirit. If the Father doesn’t give Christ the power to resurrect, Christ remains dead and in Hades. Thank goodness that he did but this shows you how needy the Son of God was to his God and Father not the other way around. The Father needs nothing from the Son nor the Holy Spirit(if you believe in a separate being called the Holy Spirit). The Father is head supreme and true ultimate Ruler of existence in both Physical and Spiritual existence. All things answers to Him and to all things and beings, even the Son…He is truly their God. This is Scripture not a theology and tradition. But what are you going to live by, His words or mans?