Summary: The Spiritual Endowment
A. What is the Anointing of God?
Anointing / Messiah (mashach OT:4886), "to smear with oil or paint, anoint." This verb, which appears 69 times in biblical Hebrew, has cognates in Ugaritic, Akkadian, Aramaic, and Arabic. The objects of this verb are people, sacrificial victims, and objects of worship. Aaron and his sons are the objects of this verb;
"And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office." (Ex 30:30)
"chrisma" Strongs NT:5545, signifies "an unguent, or an anointing." It was prepared from oil and aromatic herbs. It is used only metaphorically in the NT; by metonymy, of the Holy Spirit, 1 John 2:20,27, twice. The RV translates it "anointing" in all three places, instead of the KJV "unction" and "anointing."
We have been given "an anointing from the Holy One." This anointing renders us holy positionally, separating us to God as a royal and holy priesthood.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9 NIV)
The gift of the Holy Spirit is the all-efficient means of enabling us to possess a knowledge of the truth. The word “anointing” in the Greek means a smearing - rubbing down or endowment. It is an endowment of the inherent characteristics, qualities, and virtues of the Holy Spirit. It gives us the power to carry out our commission. It gives us the power to move the provision of the Word into reality. It gives us the power to go from produced faith to prevailing faith. If you have produced faith from the Word and it's not empowered, then you can't carry it out. But if you have the endowment of the Holy Spirit smeared upon you, then it changes you from who you are to who He is.
When the Holy Spirit gets the whole person who is given to what He wants to do in us and through us, then He begins to bring a transformation and becomes the power source to operate in the anointed Word.
Without the Holy Spirit, we are a church operating in the natural realm. Without the power of the Holy Spirit, we cannot move in the supernatural realm. If we operate in the natural realm to fight the enemy using the Word without the anointing, then you cannot overcome a spiritual enemy.
The anointing is God's power in us to get results in our life. It's God in us, the hope of glory. It's the fire of God in us. It is not for us. The reason we draw in His presence is not so we can have it; although we are to possess it, the fact is you either use it or lose it. People will lose it when they have not exercised the presence and power of the Holy Spirit by doing what God has called them to do. The purpose of the anointing is to produce victory in your life so God may be glorified. The anointing is to produce in us the power and the ability to get the sick healed and delivered and the lost saved.
1Timothy 3:5 says: constantly operating in a form of Godliness, but denying the power therein.
The church has operated in a form of godliness too long that denies His power.
If we want something to be different, then we have to change what we are doing. We can no longer expect God to show up and be part of our service. If He shows up, we will have no service because we will be on our faces before Him. The real test is when you come in contact with the anointing of His presence so that it not only changes your moment but your whole life.
It does us no good to pray for someone and have them fall down under the power and shake and laugh and do all these things and get up and walk home the same way they came. When His presence and power are there, they will never be the same.
We need that kind of change in every person's life that moves from darkness into life, to where you are so impacted by His presence that you can't sit still, to where you are driven to God. God is calling on men and women to give their life to save His kids.
B. God Is Love
Love will energize our faith.
“Faith works by love” (Gal 5:6)
“Perfect love casts out all fear” (1 John 4:18)
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment” (Matt 22:37-38)