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WHAT IS THE ANOINTING?

Updated on May 29, 2009

What type of anointing is it that I John 2:27 claims the Christians receives? This verse is a continuation of a thought first introduced in I John 2:20, "You have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth". References to both anointing and knowing the truth appear in each of the two verses. In the Old Testament the anointing given kings and priests was with oil to consecrate them to ministry. There is clearly a consecration or initiation going on in this passage as well, but there is no mention of oil. Jesus was never anointed with oil (other than perhaps the perfume poured over him at the end of his ministry in Bethany - John 12:3), but He was anointed with the Spirit, which came upon Him at His baptism. It is quite appropriate that Christians, who are followers of the Christ (which means Messiah or "Anointed One") should bear that same anointing. Paul indicates that Christians have been anointed with the Spirit when he says, "He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come". II Corinthians 1:21, 22

In the New Testament, baptism is normally associated with the experience of the Spirit, as are repentance from "dead works" and commitment to Christ. All need to be present for the complete initiatory experience. In I John 2:24 we read, "See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father". The "what you have heard from the beginning" is the apostolic witness to Christ (I John 1:1-3), which in the Gospel of John became Scripture.

John has at least three reasons for writing this. First, the false teachers were probably claiming to have some secret knowledge into which the orthodox Christians did not have. Nonsense, says John, you yourself have the real, not the counterfeit. Unlike them you have Truth himself within. Second, they already have received the apostolic witness and remain in it, the anointing of the Spirit showing them that it is indeed true. There is no need for supplementary teaching, for they already have what is true. Third, the Spirit within will guide them into truth.

Christians who are listening to the Spirit should "smell a rat" when they see false versions of the faith or outright evil, and they should recognize the family likeness in that which is of God. Unfortunately, Christians often do not listen to the Spirit, and when they do their perceptions can be warped, so the external guidelines of Scripture are always necessary.

John recognizes that there is a place for human teachers, yet that they may fall into error and it may be hard for Christians to sort out the true teacher from the imposter.  It is the discernment taught by the Spirit that John believes will enable the believer who is committed to Christ to see correctly in this situation.  The human remains important, but the divine Guide is the one in whom John places his ultimate confidence.

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      Wehzo 

      5 years ago

      Thank you so much DeBorrah, for your gracious comments.

      God Bless You,

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      5 years ago

      Wezho, Marvelous, thought provoking hub! This is why we must spend time in the WORD of GOD! We must PRAY for DISCERNMENT! It is so important to know the WORD of GOD for yourself and encourage others to do so as well!

      As you so well stated"John recognizes that there is a place for human teachers, yet that they may fall into error and it may be hard for Christians to sort out the true teacher from the imposter. It is the discernment taught by the Spirit that John believes will enable the believer who is committed to Christ to see correctly in this situation. The human remains important, but the divine Guide is the one in whom John places his ultimate confidence." AMEN! & PRAISE GOD!

      Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Betty Bolden 

      6 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      you are so welcome

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      6 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you JesusmyJoy for gracious comment.

      God Bless You,

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      Betty Bolden 

      6 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      wonderful

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Hi Judah's Daughter! You are so right, I couldn't have said it better. Thank you for this valuable contribution to this hub.

      God Bless

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      Judah's Daughter 

      9 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Hi Wehzo! I know I can tell when someone has the anointing because there's the Spirit of power, love and sound mind upon their preaching!

      I love the scripture in Rev 9:3-4 which tells us the protection this seal of anointing gives us: "Then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power. They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads."

      Hallelujiah, His are sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption (Eph 4:30) God bless you!

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you Gicky Soriano for your gracious comment, and valued contribution to this hub.

      God Bless You

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      Gicky Soriano 

      9 years ago from California

      In Jesus' priestly prayer, he asks the Father to sanctify them (his disciples) in the truth (Jn 17:17). 1 John echoes this prayer in that if what we heard from the beginning abides in us, then we will remain in the Son and the Father. Yes the Spirit within will guide us into all truth and might I add, speaks to us and sanctifies us or makes us holy in the truth.

      Good hub Wehzo. Keep them it coming.

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      Wehzo 

      9 years ago

      That is so true einron; thank you for your valuable contribution to this hub.

      God Bless You

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      einron 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Wehzo,

      If one really has the Holy Spirit, one would not look elsewhere for the truth because it had been promised the Holy Spirit would guide us into the path of righteousness.

      Romans 8:14 states: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you Iounn, I am well; I pray that you are too. Thank you for contributing your voice to this hub.

      God Bless You.

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      Iðunn 

      9 years ago

      great hub and just in time for pentacost too~ hope you are well and happy these days.

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Very well put, and absolutely true. That's exactly what we do. I'd rather spend my time studying what's true and real. I didn't know that about counterfeit bills, but I will certainly use that analogy, if you don't mind. That is something that people can readily grasp.

      AMEN!

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      Carrie Bradshaw 

      9 years ago from Manhattan

      You know, when you spoke of "smelling a rat" and "counterfeit", I left a comment once about why I don't examine their [distorted] teachings further. My answer was this: that those trained to recognize counterfeit bills don't spend time studying false bills. They only study the real bill thoroughly enough to know a counterfeit instantly! AMEN!!

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      You are indeed an inspiration Carrie. The Holy Spirit has to be pleased to indwell you. Laughter is medicine to the bones and soul. I pray that you continue in the Lord's favor, and that others may be blessed because of you.

      Blessings forever

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      Carrie Bradshaw 

      9 years ago from Manhattan

      I know! We, and even others are COMPLETE human strangers, but feel the eternal love immediately and are bonded immediately, just like when we're saved ~ immediately! My spirit laughs with joy. God is sooooo good.

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      We surely serve an AWESOME GOD; I can certainly agree with you on that; and I will always be so grateful for the Lord bringing me into His eternal family. Isn't it awesome how you and I, and all Christians everywhere, share the same divine bloodline? Only God could have accomplished such a thing.

      God bless you, sis.

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      Carrie Bradshaw 

      9 years ago from Manhattan

      God says, "Make a joyful noise" I always say when someone says they can't sing! And, Sampson said a little prayer and that's all it took to see that temple come down! You are AWESOME because you serve our AWESOME GOD.

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you Carrie, we are indeed family. I appreciate your, and James, insightful contributions to these hubs. I am indeed encouraged to share what little I know.

      God bless you

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      Carrie Bradshaw 

      9 years ago from Manhattan

      Hey, my brothers! It's your sis. Wehzo, this is outstanding! Very clear and right on. I am blessed to read the writings of both of you! This is definitely edifying to the children of God. Thank you!

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you James, I appreciate your gracious comment.

      God Bless You

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      It is difficult for many people to discern what the Truth is in these relativistic, non-judgmental, tolerant times.  You have taught a fine lesson here that is edifying.  Thank you.

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