Bible Question:

Do you have anything on the anointing? I would love to have something on that subject.

Bible Answer:

Anointing is used in a variety of ways in the Bible. It was common to “anoint with oil,” to “anoint with perfume,” and to anoint a person in the process of becoming a priest and a king. Sometimes the word is used for “the anointing of the Holy Spirit.” The concept of anointing occurs in both the Old and New Testament.

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward . . . 1 Samuel 16:13 (NASB)

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives, And freedom to prisoners . . . (NASB) Isaiah 61:1

THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE DOWNTRODDEN . . . Luke 4:18 (NASB)

You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him. Acts 10:38 (NASB)

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.  1 John 2:20 (NASB)

And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. 1 John 2:27 (NASB)

Anointing Is Associated With The Spirit

These passages reveal that anointing oil was associated with the Holy Spirit (1 Samuel 16:13). In Acts 10:38 anointing is connected to the ministry of the Holy Spirit and Christ’s ministry and in 1 John 2:27 the anointing is the Holy Spirit is connected to the ministry of the Spirit in the life of a believer since 1 Corinthians 2:12-14 tells us the Holy Spirit is the One who teaches believers.

The Spirit Empowers In Every Case

In every case, the Holy Spirit empowers a person. In only two passages does the Holy Spirit impart the ability to heal (Luke 4:18 and Acts 10:38). Some people assume anointing refers to healing or speaking in tongues, but that is not true. The biblical pattern we see is miraculous, but the miraculous occurs in the sense that the Holy Spirit empowers one to lead,  preach, teach, and share the gospel.

Conclusion:

God’s will for the normal Christian life is to be constantly, continually filled with the Holy Spirit. This is the power for the Christian life. The filling of the Spirit occurs when we continually, willingly submit ourselves to the control of His Spirit. We should ask the Holy Spirit to fill us every day if not more often. The Holy Spirit will 1) not fill us if we are grieving Him by sinning (Ephesians 4:302), 2) not confessing or admitting our sins and 3) not spending time in the Word (compare Ephesians 5:18-20 with Colossians 3:16-17). What is the result? We will be filled by His Spirit. This “anointing” gives us victory over sin (Galatians 5:16-22) and causes us to respond with psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, making melody with your heart to the Lord and always giving thanks for all things (Ephesians 5:22-6:1). Now that is a miracle!

Suggested Links:

How To Be Filled With The Spirit
Is anointing oil symbolic of the Holy Spirit?
Did the Holy Spirit indwell or fill the Old Testament saints?
The Spirit’s Ministry – Tongues and Prophecy
The Holy Spirit – Discipleship Series