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Daily Bread - April 19, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 23:36
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 2

We have received the anointing that we might fellowship with God, that we
might know God and be taught of Him. The depth of this fellowship is
captured in the concept of 'abiding in Christ', which refers to our oneness
with Him (John 14:23, 15:1-5, 17:21-23). In the Old Testament, the
anointing is first identified with respect to both worshipping God and
consecrating a place of worship to Him (Genesis 31:13; Exodus 30:26,
40:9-11). It is also the ability given to men so that they might minister
to God, which is captured in the priestly anointing (Exodus 28:41, 30:30,
40:13, 15). Both of these relationship aspects of the anointing are
presented in this verse. The abiding presence of Jesus and the Father are
brought to us by the Holy Spirit (John 14:17; 1 John 3:24). By this
anointing, we are empowered to participate in the divine life of God.
Through the anointing, the Holy Spirit leads us, guides us, and reveals the
ways of the Father to us. The anointing is a divine empowerment and
supernatural ability that has been given to the believer to know God and
live the life of a new creation. The message of the Gospel is that we are
to abide in Jesus. It is through this union with Christ Jesus that we are
empowered to live the life of Christ Jesus.

One may rightly say that there are two purposes for the anointing: to know
God and to be empowered with special abilities for the deliverance of
others. When David, like Saul, was anointed to be king he was given the
divine ability to be a king. Prior to receiving the anointing, he was an
ordinary man (1 Samuel 10:1, 6). The same is true of all Old Testament
prophets, priest, warriors, and special workman. When the Spirit came upon
them, they were empowered with a specific divine ability to carry out their
divine commission (Joshua 10:12; Judges 14:19).

The anointing provides far greater ability than anyone can have through
innate human capabilities. Even as Jesus was anointed with the Holy Ghost
to set the captives free and do the mighty works of God, so has the same
anointing of power been made available to us as the sons of God (Acts
10:38; Luke 4:18-19; Acts 1:8). However, we must keep in mind that the
ability to function in His divine power is secondary to knowing God and
being developed in His divine nature. Certainly, nothing can compare to the
privilege of walking with God and being empowered with the ability to serve
Him with perfect obedience, doing His will from the heart (Matthew 7:22-23;
1 John 2:14, 5:4; Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26, 3:5, 12, 21).
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