WHAT IS THE ANOINTING?
1. What is The Meaning Of The Word “Anointing”?
The key root Greek words that speak of the anointing are as follows:
I. Chrio(to anoint) which means;
1. To smear or rub with oil in order to consecrate for office or religious service.
2. Consecrating Jesus to the messianic office, and furnishing Him with the necessary powers for its administration.
3. Enduing Christians with gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Thayer)
II. Aleipho (to anoint) which means;
1. To rub or smear olive oil on the body.
2. Anointing brought for physical healing and relief and hence became synonymous with gladness (festivity).
3. To apply olive oil on the face, to refresh a guest. Oil was also applied to the feet to soothe and show honour (courtesy, respect). Anointing shares a “penetrating comfort” to impart strength and healing (joy).218 (Strong’s Concordance)
Jesus Christ is the Messiah which literally means the “The Anointed One”. This title speaks of someone who is a king or high priest or liberator who is traditionally anointed with holy anointing oil.
In Hebrew “Mashiach” (Anointed), was a man who will be chosen by God to put an end to all the evil in the world, rebuild the temple and bring all the exiles back to Israel and usher in the world to come. It is better to use the Hebrew term Mashiach when speaking of the Jewish Messiah, because the Jewish concept is very different from the Christian one.
In Judaism this spoke of the awaited redeemer of the Jews, to be sent by God to free them. This usually speaks of Jesus Christ when regarded in this role.
In government, politics and diplomacy this speaks of an exceptional or hoped for liberator of a country or people. (Rich)
The Merriam Webster Dictionary definition of the word anoint is
1. To smear or rub with oil or an oily substance.
2. To apply oil as part of a religious ceremony. The priest anointed the sick.
3.To choose by or as if by divine election. Anoint him as his successor, also: to designate as if a ritual anointment. Critics have anointed her as an important literary figure. (Merriam-webster Dictionary)
The woman saith unto Him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when He is come, He will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am He. (John 4:25)KJV
He first findeth his own brother Simon, and he saith unto him,We have found the Messias , which is, being interpreted, the Christ. (John 1:41K)KJV
The Lord Jesus Christ outlined His assignment when He read these words concerning Himself from the scriptures;
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He Hath anointed me
1. To preach the gospel to the poor;
2. He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
3. To preach deliverance to the captives, and
4. Recovering of the sight to the blind,
5. To set at liberty them that are bruised,
6. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18, 19)KJV
I have deliberately put the scriptures above in point form for us to clearly see the purposes of the anointing that was upon the Lord Jesus Christ.
The anointing is actually the ministering or serving grace that God lavishes upon us so that we can carry out the specific assignments that He Has given each of us.
Apostle Nahum Rosario in His book entitled The Secrets of the Anointing defines the anointing in this way: “We can say that the anointing is the method of operation for the Spirit of God here on earth. It involves all the graces, abilities, and powers that the Spirit concedes to us in order for us to perform the works of God and meet the spiritual needs of humanity” (Nahum).
Apostle Guillermo Maldonado in his book How to walk in the supernatural power of God describes the anointing in this way; “Since the coming of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament, the anointing has generally been the ability God gives the believer to accomplish the work of ministering in His name and serving Him.” (Maldonado)
2. Other Synonymous Terms For The Anointing
The anointing has several synonymous Biblical terms by which it is known. Here are some of them:
1. The Enduement Of Power: (Luke 24:29; Acts 1:8)KJV
2. Being Filled With The Holy Ghost: (Acts 2:4; Acts 4:31; Ephesians 4:18)KJV
3. Receiving The Holy Ghost: (Acts 2:38; Acts 19:2; Acts 10:47; Acts 8:15)KJV
4. Being Baptized In The Holy Ghost: (Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:5; Mark 1:8)KJV
5. The Outpouring of
The Holy Spirit: (Acts 2:17; Acts 10:45; Joel 2:28-29)KJV
6. The Power Of The Lord:(Luke 5:17)KJV
7. Virtue Or Power: (Mark 5:30; Luke 6:19; Luke 8:46;Acts 4:33)KJV
8. Gift:(1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:6; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6)KJV
9. Grace: (Ephesians 4:7; Romans 12:6; Galatians 2:9;1 Corinthians 15:10)KJV
10. Gift Of The Grace Of God:(Ephesians 3:7;1 Peter 4:10)KJV
11. Divine Ability Or Divine Enablement:(1 Peter 4:10)KJV
This list is by no means exhaustive because there are still many other synonymous Biblical terms that I have not mentioned here.
3. The Anointing Separates One For Holy Purposes
The articles in the tabernacle were consecrated, sanctified or set apart for God’s service by anointing them with the holy anointing oil.
26. And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony,
27. And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense,
28. And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot.
29. And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy.
In the same way that every vessel in the temple was set apart or sanctified for holy use and service, someone is set apart for sacred service when anointed with the holy anointing oil.
Priests were anointed and set apart to minister in their functions.
Therefore the anointing signifies divine appointment,empowering,placement and the authority to carry out God’s assignment.
And thou shalt anoint Aaron and His sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office. (Exodus 30:30)KJV
God held the exclusive right as to who got anointed. No one was allowed to just wake up one day, make the holy anointing oil and take that anointing oil and pour it on someone! Anyone who dared to disobey this instruction did it at the peril of their own life!
Whosoever compoundeth any like it (the holy anointing oil), or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from His people. (Exodus 30:33)KJV
I am sure we are all familiar with the saving grace by which we have received our salvation. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8, 9)KJV
The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)KJV
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. (2 Timothy 1:9)KJV
It is important to realise that the word grace does not only refer to the saving grace but at times it refers to the serving or ministering grace which is the anointing.
The saving grace separates us from the world unto the Lord so that the serving or ministering grace which is the anointing can empower us to serve the Lord in whatever area the Lord assigns us. In the saving grace we are sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13)KJV
“…If any man minister,let him do it as of the ability which God giveth…”(1 Peter 4:11)KJV The ability which God gives is the anointing.
This verse is preceded by this verse: As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same to one another, as good stewards of the manifold(many faceted) grace of God.(1 Peter 4:10)KJV God’s grace is multifaceted.
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10)KJV
Where of I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of His power. (Ephesians 3:7)KJV
The grace spoken of in these preceding verses is the serving,enabling,empowering or ministering grace(which is the anointing).
And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.(Acts 4:33)KJV It is very apparent that this verse is referring to the anointing that enabled the apostles to preach the gospel with great power or great grace. These two terms are speaking of the same thing and that thing is the anointing.
Beyond these two facets of grace that I have mentioned, (the saving grace and the serving grace), there are other facets of grace. For example there is:
1. The grace of giving(2 Corinthians 8:1-5)KJV
2. The grace of life(1 Peter 3:7)KJV
3. Calling which is by the grace of God(Galatians 1:15)KJV
4. Paul who was given the grace to preach to the Gentiles(Galatians 2:9)KJV
5. The empowering or strengthening grace(2 Corinthians 12:9)KJV
I could go on enumerating the many other facets of grace. However, my focus of teaching in this book is on the serving, ministering, enabling or empowering grace which is the anointing.
3. The Person Of The Holy Spirit Is The Reality Behind The Anointing!
Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.(1 Samuel 16:13)KJV
While symbols like oil, a dove, water, a seal, fire, wind, a cloud, etc., may indeed be shadows, types, and symbols of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit is definitely not any of these elements! The reality behind all these shadows, types and symbols of the Holy Spirit is the Holy Spirit.
This fact goes beyond all the shadows, types and symbols of the anointing lest we hold on to these things and miss out on the reality of the person of the Holy Spirit! It seems man has a high propensity to gravitate towards shadows,types,and symbols instead of the Living God.
Personal Traits of The Holy Spirit
1. The Holy Spirit is able to express emotions or feelings. He can be grieved. That is why the Bible says, “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God” (Ephesians 4:30)KJV
2. The Holy Spirit Has a mind or in other words He is capable of thinking. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the (Holy)Spirit.(Romans 8:27)KJV
3. The Holy Spirit Has a will through which He expresses His power of choice. But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will. (1 Corinthians 12:11)KJV
There is therefore a greater need for us to develop a closer relationship with the Holy Spirit. The closer our relationship with the Holy Spirit becomes, the greater the anointing that flows upon us and through us.
Or do you suppose that the scripture is speaking to no purpose when it says, The Spirit whom He has caused to dwell in us yearns over us- and He yearns for the Spirit [to be welcome]-with jealous love? James 4:5 (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition) AMPC
The Holy Spirit does not feel welcome in our lives when we treat Him like an impersonal thing that has no feelings, capacity to think and the power of choice.
Oh, how He longs to fellowship or commune with us! That is why the Word of God says, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.Amen.”(2 Corinthians 13:14)KJV The communion or fellowship of the Holy Spirit is supposed to be an experience for all believers. The Lord Jesus Christ said, “But if I go away, I will send Him(The Holy Spirit) to you-to be in close fellowship with you.” John 16:7 (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition) AMPC.
Are you in close fellowship with the Holy Spirit or you have totally ignored Him?
But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, ye shall abide in Him.(1 John 2:27)KJV Here the anointing is clearly shown as a person capable of teaching us all things. An impersonal thing would not possess that kind of ability.
The Holy Spirit desires to commune or fellowship with each one of us. He is a personal divine being not just an impersonal raw power at our disposal and control. We must learn to yield to the Holy Spirit lest we end up thinking that we can use the Holy Spirit for our own ends and whims.
Allow the Holy Spirit to flow through you as He desires without any hindrance from you. Fully surrender to Him.
God is not looking for your ability but your availability so that He can display His ability or anointing through you.
“…If any man minister,let him do it as of the ability(or the anointing)which God giveth…”(1 Peter 4:11)KJV
This is an extract from Bishop Berry Dambaza’s latest book entitled How To Receive And Release The Anointing published by WestBow Press of Bloomington,IN,USA. It is available in both hard cover and E Book Formats. You can order your copy from https://www.westbowpress.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-001173753&fbclid=IwAR0tMf7YoAx_R1Aee98rdQe6KVgMkBMNDclJ3SE0wJ7i-G1DglHWVwVWdAM