“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, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord. Luke 4:18,19
What is the anointing? We may hear someone say, “I felt the anointing of the Holy Spirit all over me.” What does that mean?
The words of our Lord in the above Scripture are quoted from Isaiah 61. Translation from both Hebrew and Greek refers to a direct contact, in this case made by God to the Son of Man, to consecrate Him for a particular office. Jesus stated that God set Him apart for the particular service quoted in the Scripture.
And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:22)
When we receive Jesus, we receive His Spirit. The Greek calls this exousia, which means, under the authority of. We submit to the lordship of our Lord and walk as His representatives.
Oil was used to anoint those called by God (Psalm 133). It is still used today for the purpose of special consecration. Oil is the symbol of the Holy Spirit; therefore, anointing with oil for the purpose of consecration is actually recognition by man of what the Holy Spirit has already brought about.
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)
In the above Scripture, anointing means a special endowment, or chrism, of the Holy Spirit. Another word for this is unction. Put simply, it means that we should be able to sit at the feet of anyone and, if we’re listening to the Holy Spirit, we can hear from God. Because we have the anointing, we can hear God if He chooses to speak to us through a child or through a drunk in the gutter, or through the poorest preacher in the world.
If we do not hear from God, we are not putting the anointing to use. We all have the anointing because we all have the Spirit of our Lord.
“And you shall anoint them even as you have anointed their father, that they may minister as priests to Me; and their anointing shall qualify them for a perpetual priesthood throughout their generations.” (Exodus 40:15)
Notice, in God’s instructions to Moses, that the anointing for priesthood is perpetual, it doesn’t end. Since we have been called into the royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9), our anointing is likewise perpetual. The Hebrew translation calls it everlasting consecration.
So anointing is not something that comes and goes, it is with us always. We experience it differently because of our state of mind at a particular moment. When we focus intently upon our Lord, we are more apt to sense His anointing. It may come as we journal our prayer time, or we may speak a word of knowledge to someone, or a word of wisdom, or He may tell us to lay hands on a person and pray for healing.
On the other hand, when our focus is not upon the Lord, but is on our situation or circumstances, we may not be aware of the anointing at all. That is our position when we try to “fix” things ourselves without going to God for the solution.
“I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich, and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.” Revelation 3:18
In this Scripture, we see that we are to seek special anointing to see the way of the Lord in our lives. The Greek word (pronounced eng-khree’-o) means to take the eye salve and rub it in deeply. This is necessary if we expect to receive spiritual revelation from our Lord. We can’t just dab His anointing on us and expect mighty things to happen, we must diligently seek and apply it, to the exclusion of everything else.
We also conclude from this Scripture that each new call of God requires fresh anointing. This doesn’t mean we need a special touch from God each time. We must seek reawakening of the anointing we already have and rub it in deeply before we answer the call. The anointing is there or He would not have called us, we simply have to appropriate the anointing to fulfill the call.
When we see someone “truly anointed,” we see a person who has sought the Lord diligently and who has rubbed in deeply the oil of the Holy Spirit. He has put aside everything that might hinder his goal of answering God’s call and has focused solely upon the Lord.
The call may be different for each person, but the anointing is the same. The anointing provides the Spiritual power to accomplish the supernatural and glorify God.
When we understand this, we see that the anointing is for us as well as for anyone else. God is not a respecter of persons, He shows no partiality (Acts 10:34); therefore, whatever He gives to one person is available to another. The only requirement is that we seek it and apply it.
The anointing is ours to do with as we will, but we can limit the unlimited One by our unbelief. The reason some do more than others is because they believe they have the anointing to do it. That is true, but it is just as true that those who do nothing have the same anointing, but they bury their talent. Instead of waiting for the anointing to overtake us, we must realize we have it and we must appropriate it.
We are all anointed priests of God. The question for each of us is, “Am I appropriating His anointing?”
Jesus is King!
P.S. What are you doing of eternal value?