Anointing of the Holy One
“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.”
1 John 2:20
We know the truth because it is set before us in the Book of Books, the Holy Scripture, the Word of God, the Bible. There is no anointing without the knowledge of this book. It is a personal knowledge, just like our personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. The more you know this truth and the deeper you delve into its blessedness, the greater your anointing. This is for every Christian and not just a favoured few. God has no favourites. Those who love Him, are loved by Him. And we love Him because He loved us first. What a Saviour we possess.!
This anointing comes from the faith of believing that we have exercised when we come to Him. It comes from the renewed heart and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He comes to live in us when we believe and stays forever. We cannot walk a single step along the Christian pathway without His love and power and the renewed mind of Christ in us.
This is the beginning of the anointing and it only grows as we persevere in our Christian lives and walk more closely with God.
When a new king was chosen, the anointing oil was used to sanctify him to the service of the Lord.
“Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil….. You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.”
Exodus 30:25 and 29
It was used to sanctify the priests and the implements in God’s tabernacle as sacred to the Lord. It ran down Aaron’s beard to the collar of his clothes. Aaron was set apart for God, as is every sinful person who comes to Him in repentance and faith.
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe.”
The oil of joy has anointed Christ and set Christ above His companions, for He has loved righteousness and hated wickedness. We can clearly see this in the record of His life as He carried out the will of hIs Father, right to the cross at Calvary. He was the archetypal obedient servant and our example and inspiration. This is the glory of Christ and we His people, are His eternal reward. He is our leader and our Lord and is the everlasting anointed One and beloved by all who have been forgiven.
“You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”
The oil of joy has set the Christian apart to serve the Lord and proclaim the joyful message of the salvation of the Lord. This is our remit and our task in this fallen world, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour and bind up all those who are cast down about their sin and failure. The message of Christ is the only message of life and peace and the only lighted way out of the darkness of false religion and despair.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…”
The oil of joy is poured out before the Lord as a sacrifice of praise. The effect of it and the glory of it fills everything it touches. Mary so loved the Lord that she anointed Him with everything she possessed to holier Him and show her true love for Him. Jesus honoured her and knew her motivation for doing such an extravagant thing to Him. Nothing is too good for Him and we hold back nothing from the anointing of our Saviour with all our lives, as holy sacrifices of praise and worship.
“Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.”
The Spirit of the Lord rested on our Lord Jesus Christ as He walked this Earth in holiness and proclaimed the year of the Lord’s favour. As He proclaimed the good news, so do we. We have the continual anointing of the Holy Spirit as we walk as obedient servants, proclaim this good news and are daily filled with the presence of God, the gracious Holy Spirit.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
“You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured on me.”
This is the testimony of every Christian person. It is the Lord who lifts us out of the filth of this world and the corruptions of death that we are born into, and gives us new life in Christ. He exalts us to His glory, and makes us His people, pouring on the finely refined oil of the Holy Spirit who alone brings life and peace.
We continually seek the truth of God, that we might know him better and follow Him more closely, so that the oil of gladness of poured out in our lives, that others might see and smell the fragrance of our truly Beloved and seek Him for themselves.
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—for your love is more delightful than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out…”
Song of Songs 1:2-3