The Anointing of a believer is frequently misconstrued. Some in Christendom present some anointing as different or more special than others. According to the New Testament, all believers are anointed by God through the Holy Spirit, and no one’s teaching is above scrutiny, but must be tested in light of Scripture. No one’s talents or abilities are above another as any endowment for the promotion of the Kingdom of God is a gift from the Holy Spirit who serves to promote God not any believer.

The Greek word for anoint is chrîsma (khris’-mah) which was an unguent or smearing, i.e. (figuratively) the special endowment (“chrism”) of the Holy Spirit. The purpose in believers having “an anointing from the Holy One” indicates that this anointing renders them holy, separating them to God. The bible teaches that the gift of the Holy Spirit is the all-efficient means of enabling believers to possess a knowledge of the truth. This should not be confused with another Greek word for anoint, aleiphō (ä-lā’-fō), used to convey “an anointing” of any kind, whether of physical refreshment after washing, for example in the Old Testament of Ruth 3:32Samuel 12:20; Daniel 10:3; Micah 6:15; in the New Testament, Matthew 6:17; Luke 7:38, 46;John 11:2; 12:3; or of the sick, Mark 6:13; James 5:14; or a dead body, Mark 16:1The Anointing referred to of believers is solely of the Holy Spirit who does give gifts as He sees fit.

In 1 John 2, John presents the anointing of believer as a means to discern false teaching that believers are confronted. John lays the foundation for this in John 10:27 where he quotes Jesus who said “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” How does the believer know the voice of God? 1 Corinthians 2:11 tells us “11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” Therefore, anyone who knows the thoughts of God must have the Spirit of God in them.

18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

24 As for you, 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. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life.

26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

We see chrîsma translated as anointing in verse 20 and 27. In verse 26, John reveals the purpose behind his writing connecting it with the anointing in verse 27. “I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.” John knows the purpose and role of the Holy Spirit. Jesus had him write about the role of the Holy Spirit in the believers life in John 14-16. In chapter 15, John reveals Jesus’ Word to the believer to”remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;( apart from me you can do nothing…This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

The Anointing is solely for the Father’s glory. When we begin to present any gift or talent given to use to promote ourselves, we become idolators defaming God and putting ourselves at odds with God. We also render ourselves fruitless to God. While we may maintain the gift, talent or ability, we are not fruitful for God because we are seeking our glory rather than His. Let’s be mindful of John’s admonishment about The Anointing-“24 As for you, 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. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life.

Know the truth and walk in it.


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