The Anointing


 

Some preachers sermonize that possessing a special anointing is an indication of special favor with God or perhaps even as an added blessing indicating a special status with the creator. For those of us lacking any such favored relationship status, we should comfort ourselves with two primary scriptures in the New Testament:  The first is 1 John 2:27 and the other is 2 Corinthians 1:21-22.

In these scriptures it is clear that ALL Christians possess an anointing at the time of conversion.  The actual anointing is really a special knowledge of God that All Christians possess which is fundamental to being a Christian at all.  That is the fact that we recognize God as our Supreme Being and Christ as His Son who came on the earth in the flesh, was crucified, was buried and after three days rose from the grave, conquering death.

Proverbs 3:4 illustrates how to gain favor with God and with man.  Here, the consistency between the Old Testament and the New is that we are to revere our Lord and to obey his commandments, a relatively simple exercise: at least intellectually.  Actually, performing all of this, of course can be problematic to say the least.

However, the point here is to establish that neither you nor I are more anointed that the other.  We are equal in this sense and with our status within the Kingdom of heaven. Truly, we are simple members, required members within one singular body: the church. Of course, the church itself represents our Lord, the Christ.

So then, the next time someone wants to elevate either you or themselves with a testimony of anointment, we are better edified by the call to service to others. By so doing, then as others also become Christians, they embrace the full riches of the anointing the same as you and me.

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