How Are Christians Anointed ?
This morning I want to finish my talk on the subject of anointing. Last week I talked about the meanings of the word “anoint”, or “anointed”. Do you remember what those meanings are? “Anointed” means to be chosen by God, and it means to be accepted by God, and it means to be appointed by God, and to be consecrated by God. And it also means to be blessed by God. The original meaning of “anointed” is.. “to be made fat”. And so when it comes to being blessed by God, “anointed” means.. to be “fattened” with God’s blessings.
Last week I talked about the various ways in which Jesus was anointed. But today I want to talk specifically about how Christians are anointed.
The apostle Paul wrote, in 2 Corinthians 1:21 & 22; “Now He who establishes us, with you in Christ, and anointed us, is God. Who also sealed us, and gave us, the Spirit within our hearts, as a pledge.” God establishes us, in Christ. In other words, He gives us a position in which we stand, in the kingdom of Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:1, says; “We stand in the gospel”, and Romans 5:2, says; “We stand in God’s grace.”
“He who establishes us.. and anoints us, is God.” One of the ways in which a Christian is “anointed”, is by being given a standing, and a position in God’s kingdom. We are chosen, and accepted, and appointed, to our position in the kingdom. Jesus was given a position in the kingdom; He’s the head of the kingdom, the head of the body. And Christians are the various members of the body. But we’ve all been “anointed” into our positions, in the body of Christ.
And just as Jesus was anointed in more than one way, Christians also, are anointed in more than one way. Here’s another way in which Christians are anointed. Listen to 1 John chapter 2, verse 27;
“As for you, the anointing which you received from Him, abides in you. And you have no need for anyone to teach you, indeed the anointing teaches you about all things, and it is true, and is not a lie. And just as it has taught you, abide in Him.”
Now that verse is talking about something different, than being chosen, and appointed to a position in the kingdom. That verse says that “the anointing” is something that “abides in you”. What is it, that abides in a Christian? What is it that teaches us all things? And what is it that is true, and not a lie?
Let’s hear that verse again; “As for you, the anointing which you received from Him, abides in you. And you have no need for anyone to teach you, indeed the anointing teaches you about all things, and it is true, and is not a lie. And just as it has taught you, (just as the anointing has taught you) abide in Him.” We all know perfectly well, what it is that abides in us, and what it is that teaches us all things, and what it is, which is true. It’s the word of God. The word of God, is “the anointing” from God. God “fattens us”. He fattens OUR spirit, with the word of HIS Spirit.
Now don’t be confused, this scripture is not telling us that we are anointed WITH the Holy Spirit, or with any “gift” from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit of God doesn’t give us miraculous knowledge. God’s Spirit doesn’t directly teach anyone; But rather, the Spirit of God teaches everyone, through the word which the Spirit has inspired. And the Holy Spirit of God doesn’t directly dwell in anyone; But rather, the Spirit of God dwells in every Christian, through the word, which the Spirit has given to us, which we keep in our hearts. It’s the WORD which dwells in us, if we obey that word.
Colossians 3:16 says; “Let the WORD of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom..” And in a “parallel” verse, the scriptures say in Ephesians 5:19; “..but be filled with the Spirit..” In other words.. “Be filled with the Word of the Holy Spirit of God.”
Anointed in Two Ways
So then, there’s two ways in which the Christian is “anointed by God”. The first way that God anoints us, is by “choosing” us to be saved, because we have chosen to follow His word; And thus God “appoints” for us a position in the kingdom. And the second way that God anoints us, is through His word, which dwells in us. And His word “fattens us” with the knowledge and the blessings of God, and of Jesus Christ.
Our “anointing” is not some miraculous gift that God has given to us. Pentecostals, and those of similar beliefs, think that unless you’ve been given some miraculous “gift” from the Holy Spirit, that you haven’t been “anointed” by God. As a matter of fact, they think that you haven’t even been fully accepted by God, unless you’ve received a miraculous “gift” of the Spirit. But that is NOT what the bible says! As a matter of fact, that is contrary to what the bible says!
The scriptures say that miraculous gifts have ceased! 1 Corinthians 13, verse 8 tells us; “..But whether there be prophecies, (that’s talking about miraculous prophecies) they shall be done away; Whether there be knowledge (that’s talking about miraculous knowledge) it shall be done away!”
But the scripture says that the “anointing”, which teaches you all things, it “abides in you”! It’s not going to be “done away”.
When you study the scriptures, and when you study the true meaning of the words and phrases that the scriptures use, you see that being “anointed by God” has nothing to do with anything miraculous. It has to do with us, taking the word which God has given to us, and living in obedience to it, every day of our lives, and thereby allowing it to abide in us, (to dwell in us) and to “fatten” our spirit.
Believe me.. You do not want, a scrawny, skinny, weakly spirit. You want your spirit to be “fattened” with the word of God, and with the blessings that the word gives you. When it comes to our spirit, which is our very soul, we all need to be “fattened”, just as much as we possibly can be.
Jesus Was Anointed WITH the Holy Spirit
In Acts 10:38, the scripture says, “God anointed Him (that is Jesus) with the Holy Spirit and with power..”
Jesus, was surely anointed WITH the Holy Spirit Himself, and with the power of the Holy Spirit Himself. In other words, Jesus was blessed and “made to be fat” with a direct indwelling of God Himself, in the form of the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus was anointed WITH the Holy Spirit.
But nowhere in the scriptures, does it say that Christians are “anointed” with the Holy Spirit Himself. God has surely “anointed us”, but He has anointed us, with the “word of the Spirit”, and with the power of that word. The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1, verse 16; “For I am not ashamed of the gospel (the gospel is the word of the Spirit) for it is the POWER of God, for salvation, to all those who believe; To the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
Hebrew 4, verse 12, says that the word is “living and active”. James 1:21 calls it “An implanted word.. which is able to save our souls!” And the word “anoints us”!
When we take God’s word, and put it in our hearts, and live by it, we are “living out”, the words of 2 Corinthians 1:21 & 22, which says..
“Now He who establishes us with you, in Christ, and anointed us, is God. Who also sealed us (now, to be “sealed”, means that God has “marked us” for His possession. It’s like God’s stamp of ownership)
So then once again; “He who establishes us with you, in Christ, and anointed us, is God. Who also put His stamp of ownership upon us, and gave us, the Spirit within our hearts, as a pledge.”
The Spirit has been given to us, in the form of the word of God. Jesus says very plainly in John 6:63; “The words that I have spoken to you, are Spirit.. and are life.” It is not the Holy Spirit Himself, that dwells in our hearts, but rather, it is the word of God, that we ourselves, put in our hearts. God gives it, (that’s God’s grace, that’s His gift) and we receive it, and we put it in our hearts, and we are made alive by it; And not only are we made alive by the word of God, but we are filled and “fattened” by it.
Ephesians 5:18 says; “..Be filled with the Spirit.” In other words, “..Be filled with the word of God.” That’s a command from God.. “Be filled with the word of God!” Do it, fill yourself with God’s word! Colossians 3:16 says; “Let the word of Christ (or the word of God) dwell in you richly.” Fill yourself with the word, allow it to be there, let it dwell in you, richly! That’s not something God does for us, it’s something that He commands us to do for ourselves!
Don’t be misled, and confused by the words of man, when they tell you something different from what the bible tells you. But rather, BELIEVE the words of God. And if believing the words of God, requires you to make an adjustment to your “theology” then so be it; Make that adjustment, and believe the word, and live by it!
Christians Anointed with the WORD of the Spirit
When the word of God dwells in us, the Spirit of God dwells in us. Not God Himself, in the form of the Holy Spirit of God, but rather, God dwells in us, in the form of the word of God. And without the word of God dwelling in us, there is no Spirit of God within us.
Let me say it once again; The Spirit within our hearts, is the word of God, which we ourselves have put in our hearts, by obeying those words. God is the one who has given us the words of the Spirit. They are a gift from God; Therefore the scripture says; “God gave us, the Spirit within our hearts.”
And just so that we have this crystal clear in our minds, let me give you a quick analogy. Suppose a husband gives his wife a ring, as a present.. He gives it to her as “a gift”. And the wife takes the ring, and she puts it on her finger. And she shows the ring to her friend, and she says; “Look, my husband gave me this ring on my finger.” Now, her husband may not have actually put the ring on her finger, but he gave it to her, nonetheless.
Well, that’s exactly the same thing that’s going on with the Spirit within our hearts. God gave us the words of the Spirit. And we take those words, and we put them in our hearts, we encircle our hearts with them, through our obedience to them. God doesn’t put the words in our hearts, because He left that up to US to do. God has left us that choice, to put His words in our heart, or to refuse His word. But nonetheless, God has given us those words; Thus the scripture says; “God gave us, the Spirit within our hearts.” God has “anointed” us, with the spirit that is within our hearts. In other words, God is “making us fat” with the blessings derived from His Holy Word.
And that “word”, and that “spirit” within our hearts, will exhibit itself through the “fruits of the Spirit”, which we will bear, IF indeed the word is dwelling within us. And the “fruits” which we will bear and exhibit, will be the evidence, that God has chosen us, and that He has forgiven our sins, and that He has added us appointed us a position in the kingdom.
And in addition, the word that dwells within us, also serves as a pledge from God, of the eternal life that awaits us. And as long as the word of God As long as the word remains there in our hearts, (remember, the word is spirit, and the word is life) As long as it remains there in our heart, it will continue to serve as a pledge from God; A “down-payment” towards eternal life.
In 2 Corinthians 1, verse 22, this “pledge” is called, “The earnest of the Spirit”. It’s like “earnest money” that someone puts down, towards the purchase of a house. The “earnest money” serves as a pledge, or as a guarantee, of the total payment to come later on.
The very same thing is true of the “earnest of the Spirit”. The “spirit”, or in other words, the word of God, which dwells in our hearts, and which gives “life” to our spirits, and which is evidenced, by the life we live as a Christian, serves as the pledge, or as the guarantee, of the eternal life to be given to us later on.
And then as the apostle John told us, in 1 John, verse 27.. As that word continues to abide in us, it keeps teaching us, and teaching us, and “fattening us”, and “fattening us”, with all the blessings that come from God’s word…
“..You have no need for anyone to teach you, indeed the anointing (the word in your hearts) teaches you about ALL things..”
Listen to what 2 Peter 1, verse 3 says; “Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything, pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”
We have no need to be taught by anyone, because the word has already taught us. Peter says we’ve been taught, “through the TRUE knowledge of Him who called us..” And John says; “..the anointing teaches you all things, and is TRUE..” And then John says; “..and just as it has taught you, abide in Him”. And it was also John who said, in 2 John verse 9; “..the one who abides in the teaching, has both the Father and the Son.”
We are anointed by God, with the word of His Spirit, which dwells in us. The “anointing” isn’t anything miraculous. It’s 100% our choice to allow God’s word to dwell in us. It is God’s wonderful grace, which is His kindness and mercy, that offers us the word of the Spirit. And when out of faith, we take that word and put it in our hearts, through obedience to it, we are then “anointed” by the word, and by God. Through our obedience to the word, we have been chosen by God, and accepted by God, and appointed a place in the kingdom, and we are “made fat” with His blessings.
I hope this helps you to understand exactly how we are “anointed by God”.
There’s nothing mysterious about God’s word is there? It just takes a little study, and a lot of faith. Faith that Jesus is the Christ. And faith that if we confess that fact, then Christ will confess us before the Father who is in heaven. And it takes faith to turn from the world, and turn to God; That’s repentance. It takes faith, to allow yourself to be buried in baptism, believing that in doing so, God will forgive your sins, and add you to His kingdom. And of course it takes a lot of faith, every day of our life, to allow the words of the Spirit to dwell in us, and to guide us, and even to rebuke us when needed.
It takes simple trusting faith, in the word of God, which anoints us.