Today we are going to discuss the anointing of the Holy Spirit. When we hear about the anointing we should relate it to oil. To anoint someone or something refers to the application of something similar to that of oil. For example in the Middle East they usually use Olive oil for anointing and in the temples or tabernacle special perfumed oils were used.
Whenever we hear of oil we may mistakenly think of it wth oil price hike all but this oil is a very special oil made according to ingredients in proportions according to God and is used for anointing.
In the Old Testament there are 3 kinds of anointing
1. General Purpose Anointing
This is when anointing oil was used for performing ordinary purposes on people For example
2. Medical Anointing
If one is sick or wounded anointing oil can be used to heal them.
In Luke chapter 2 we can see how the good samaritan applied oil on the wounded person and in Mark chapter 6 Jesus’s disciples used anointed oil to heal the sick.
In James 5:14 we can see the elders of the Church used oil on church members.
3. Holy or Sacred Anointing
In the Old Testament we can see during the time of the temple of Jerusalem or tabernacle there was a particular person or a thing dedicated for holy duties and purposes. Such dedication was done through the anointing with oil.
When that person was anointed it mainly symbolizes the holiness of the individual.The anointed person becomes a separate entity for performing God’s purposes and must be always ready for their duties. In the times of Moses, Aaron, his sons and levites were all anointed for service. Such people when anointed the power of the Holy Spirit comes on them and empowers them for ministry.
Another significant thing to notice was that even that person was anointed without any background or training. The person will be equipped for the ministry because the Holy Spirit gives him the wisdom and skill. An example is David who was a shepherd and even though he was not from any royal family he was anointed by prophet Samuel. It was the grace and power of the Holy Spirit that gave him special power to rule the nation.
Different kinds of Anointing in the Old Testament
1. Priestly Anointing
This kind of anointing can be seen when Aaron and his sons were anointed to become priests. This particular anointing was passed on to generations that followed so all were ordained to become priests.
2. Prophetic Anointing
Many prophets of God were anointed and all of them were anointed by senior prophets. The Holy Spirit came upon them and a prophetic realm moved in them. Elijah and Elizha were anointed prophets.
3. Kingly Anointing
In those days every nations were ruled by kings but in Israel kings were anointed to become kings and were known as the
‘Lord’s Anointed ‘.
We can also grow in the levels of anointing. For example, David grew from one level of anointment to another. In the beginning Samuel anointed him at the age of 17 in his home. Next when he was 30 years men of Judea anointed David and he became the King of Judea. Later after 7 years David(37) was anointed by the elders of the nation to become the King of the Nation.
Baptism by the Holy Spirit happens only once but the infilling of the Holy Spirit can be repeated many times and we can grow in it.
Jesus Christ was only the real anointed one. He was anointed from the Father. All other anointing comes from Jesus.
If we look to Jesus Christ he has all three anointing in him . He was a Priest, a Prophet and a King. When we ask Jesus and seek his kingdom he can anoint us as anointing comes from the Anointed one. He uses Oil for anointing but it is not the oil we can relate to like olive oil or any perfumed oil it is the Oil of Holy Spirit that gives the real anointing on each of us to be infilled with the Holy Spirit and grow in it.
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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