Summary: What is the anointing and why Christians need to recognise it.
What is the Anointing?
Chrisma or chriô Don’t mix it with charisma
Chriô means to rub lightly or spread over something cover
Anointing was an ancient custom used by Egyptians, Greeks and Romans
It was an act of hospitality towards a guest; you are invited as an honoured guest into the house of Jehovah
The anointing gave the right to rule
For John the chrisma is the Spirit of truth who gives believers the power of understanding
Where do we find it in the Bible?
Anointing was introduced by God to Moses to make holy things belonging to the tabernacle Many recorded passages throughout Exodus. Deut and Lev.
In the OT the term anointing is used in at least 5 ways:
1. oil Ex 30:25 sacred anointing oil; said to be on holy things
2. the consecration of the priests Lev 8:10-13
3. the consecration of Kings 1 Sam 10:1
4. connected to the H/S 1 Sam10:6
5. the prophets were said to anointed Ps 105:15
To anoint signified the gift of authority, strength and honour Ps 45:7-8
You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.
All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes [and] cassia, Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad.
It was only available to Kings and Priests or a testimony of a prophet
Examples: Aaron, David and Elijah
Is 10:27 It shall come to pass in that day [That] his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, And his yoke from your neck, And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.
Israel to be delivered from the power of the Assyrians
But also looking further to the deliverance of people from the bondage of sin and Satan
Not only will the yoke be taken, but destroyed
The enemies terror is broken and destroyed; done away with
The enemy seemed to be advancing and moving forward with daring pace
Those who threaten the Lord’s people front up to God
Ps 105:14-15 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;
[Saying], Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
God’s anointed prophets are dearer to him than anointed kings themselves. Jeroboam’s hand was withered when it was stretched out against a prophet
N T Jesus was anointed by God Luke 4:18
"The Spirit of the LORD [is] upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to [the] poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to [the] captives And recovery of sight to [the] blind, [To] set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Acts 10:38)
The religious world recognized the Spirit in Jesus and because he had the Holy Spirit, yet they crucified him
He wasn’t religious; he lived in a relationship with the Father
It didn’t stop with Jesus
The NT is full of examples of how the H/S moved on believers
Why is it important for today?