Posted by: rena | December 20, 2008

Saturated for Service

 What Are We Talking About? “That person is so anointed…” “I’m anointed to…” “When you’re anointed you don’t need anyone telling you…” “My anointing is in…”

 

To be anointed means to be painted, to be smeared, to be soaked. It is to be dipped so heavily that you are drenched in the miraculous, dunamis power of God, and you are compelled to complete the task or position he had deemed to you. To have the anointing means you have God’s “yea” and “amen”. Sealed.

 

That’s what it means. But what is it? It is He.

 

Let’s look at one definition of anointing. After Jesus’ resurrection, many of his followers were called Christians. Christian means “Christ-like” and Christ is “His Anointed One”. The Hebrew word chrio is used, and is in reference to smearing only human vessels with oil, as when setting aside priests, prophets and kings for service. (Ex 28:41, 1 Sam 10:1, 1 Kings 19:16)

 

This particular mixture of oils was not to be duplicated. It was for God’s anointed alone, and was a pleasing, aromatic fragrance. Anyone who tried to replicate it would be excommunicated. You cannot replicate what the Holy Spirit endows, truly you will be cursed and cut off. (Acts 8:9-24)

 

In Luke 4:18 Jesus reveals he was sent to preach, to heal and to deliver. Jesus Christ (Jesus, His Anointed One) is set as a priest, prophet and king of them that believe. Now, if you believe in Jesus, you also believe in the “He” who sent him, the Father. And, it is the Father who gives all things; he gave Jesus his anointed, and he gave his Holy Spirit who teaches all things to us. It is the Holy Spirit, the pleasing and aromatic fragrance, who is the anointing in this case.

 

“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” 1 John 2:27

 

The Holy Spirit is God’s promise, his earnest seal on us, that we should rely on our keeper (Holy Spirit). “Now it is God who makes us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Cor 1:21-22 NIV.

 

As mentioned earlier, this is God’s “yea” and “amen” because he is the unchangeable God. He does not give on a whim and take back as the plans of man or time can change and be unbalanced (2 Cor 1:18-20). It really is his promise. He will always keep his commitment to the covenant.

 

But anointed people don’t always do anointed things, so what does this say?

 

 

… We’ll take a look at this, and dig further into the anointing and its designations in the next segment.

 

 

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  1. Traditionally church leaders have made the ‘anointing’ attainable only by educated ones. The Bible needs to be explained, they say, and how could a person just reading it possibly understand it, much less make decisions upon it.
    The truth of the matter is that anyone who believes in Jesus Christ and exalts Him as Lord can receive the Holy Spirit that Jesus taught his first disciples about.
    But it takes great faith to actually believe for the anointing and even greater faith to act upon it and exercise the supernatural (miraculous) gifts that proceed from the Holy Spirit’s influence on a believer’s life.


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