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Daily Bread - April 18, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 09:00
1 John 2:27-28 - And the anointing that you have received from Him abides
in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but just as the
anointing teaches you about everything, and is no lie, and just as it has
taught you, you shall abide in Him. And now little children, abide in Him;
so that when he shall appear, you will have confidence, and not be ashamed
before Him at His coming.

The Anointing and Abiding in Him - Part 1

We have received an amazing anointing (chrisma) from God. We have received
the Holy Spirit to be trained in all the ways of God. We have been anointed
with the Holy Ghost to be sons of God (John 1:12; 1 John 3:1; Romans 8:14;
Galatians 4:6-7; Philippians 2:15) Because of the indwelling of God, we
overcome the wicked one and all of his deceivers (1 John 4:1-3). When God
gave us an anointing, He imparted the divine ability to accomplish the task
and meet the demands of the office to which we have been called, just as He
did when He anointed a priest, prophet, or king (Exodus 28:41, 29:7;
Leviticus 8:12; Psalms 133:2; 1 Samuel 10:1, 16:13; 2 Samuel 2:4, 5:3; 1
Samuel 26:11; Psalms 2:2; 1 Kings 19:16; 2 Peter 1:3-4).

Fundamental to the New Testament is the essential need for us to believe
that when we were born of God, the very Spirit and nature of Christ was
born in us (Colossians 1:27; 1 John 3:24; 1 John 4:4, 15; Ephesians 4:24; 1
Peter 1:23; John 3:5). Thus, the cry of the Spirit through John: Abide in
Christ Jesus! In that we know it is the Holy Spirit who has come to teach
us and that His Spirit is on the inside of us to give us the divine ability
to live the life of Christ, then we must also recognize that the anointing
also refers to the Holy Spirit as well.

The word 'Christ' (Christos) comes from the word 'anoint' (chiro), from
whence 'anointing' (chrisma) is derived. Thus, when we use the word
'Christ', we are talking about the 'Anointed One'. In the book of Daniel
(Daniel 9:26), it is this word that is used in the Septuagint to translated
'Messiah' (meshiyach), "And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah
(chrisma) be cut off, but not for himself" (Cambridge Paragraph Bible).
Today, those who have been transformed by the power of God through the
faith that is in Christ Jesus have received the anointing of the Anointed
One. We have not received the anointing of a priest, or king, or prophet;
but rather, the anointing of the Son! And it is God who has anointed us and
established us together in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).

When the anointing was given to Saul by the Holy Spirit, his heart was
changed, and he became another man with new skills and abilities. When we
received the anointing of sonship, the Spirit of God came upon us and made
us a new creation, giving us a new heart and a new spirit and making us
partakers of God's divine nature (Ezekiel 36:26-27; 2 Peter 1:3-4). He gave
us a heart and a spirit that is joined unto His, and made us one heart and
one spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17; John 17:21-22; 1 Corinthians
12:13). The anointing that we have received from Him has empowered us to be
conformed to the image of the Son (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18). It has
empowered us to walk even as He walks and to represent Christ Jesus in
every way (1 John 2:5-6, 29).
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