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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:27
1 John 2: 27 - 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.

We have received the anointing that we might fellowship with God; that we
might know God and be taught of Him. The depths of this fellowship are
captured in the concept of abiding in Christ, which refers to our oneness
with Jesus (John 14:23; John 15:1-5; John 17:21-23). In the Old Testament,
the anointing was first identified with respect to both worshiping God and
consecrating a place of worship (Genesis 31:13; Exodus 30:26; Exodus
40:9-11). It was by the anointing that men were given the ability to
minister to God, observed in the priestly anointing (Exodus 28:41; Exodus
30:30; Exodus 40:13,15). Both of these two aspects of the anointing are
realized in this verse of scripture in John's first epistle. The message of
the Gospel is that we are to abide in Jesus. The ability to abide in Jesus,
and to have both Jesus and the Father abiding in us, has been brought to us
by the Holy Spirit (John 14:17; 1 John 3:24; Zechariah 4:6). It is by this
anointing that we are empowered to participate in the divine life of God. In
this 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. It is through this union that we are empowered to
fellowship with God, and live the divine life of Christ Jesus.

One may rightly say that there are two purposes for the anointing: to know
God, and also to be empowered with special abilities for the deliverance of
others. When Saul was anointed to be king, he was given the divine ability
to be a king and bring deliverance to Israel; prior to the anointing he was
an ordinary man (1 Samuel 10:1,6). However, after the Spirit of God came
upon Him, He had abilities that only come from God. The same is true of all
Old Testament prophets, priests, warriors, and special workmen. When the
Spirit came upon them, they were empowered with a specific ability to carry
out their divine commission (Joshua 10:12; Judges 14:19). Jesus was anointed
with a greater anointing than anyone before Him: to bring deliverance to all
mankind. He was anointed with the Holy Ghost and power, to set the captives
free and do the mighty works God. Today, the same anointing of power is
available to us as well (Acts 10:38; Luke 4:18-19; Acts 1:8). However, we
must keep in mind that the anointing of power is secondary to the anointing
to know God. There is nothing more important than walking in obedience, and
doing the will of the Father from the heart (Matthew 7:22-23; 1 John 2:14; 1
John 5:4; Revelation 2:7,11; Revelation 2:17,26; Revelation 3:5,12;
Revelation 3:21; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:21; Ephesians 5:5).
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