Anointing – BT1
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What is the anointing of the Holy Spirit as it relates to worship?
The anointing (mishchah, chrio or verb mashach, chrisma) is the “living water” or “oil,” even the “gold oil” from Zechariah 4:12, of the Holy Spirit in the OT, which came upon the high priests after they met with God (Leviticus 10:7, 21:12) – it consecrates, dedicates, or separates them as clean, sacred, holy vessels of honor for God’s purposes. Not only is it the covering presence of God, it is His seal of ownership. The Father “anointed You (Jesus) with the oil of gladness beyond Your companions (a), so with God’s presence comes His nature. The anointing brings ministry: “The Spirit of Yahweh has anointed Me to bring the good news (b) to the poor . . . to grant to those who mourn . . . the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit” (c). Jesus is the “Anointed One of God” (d). Anointing with oil brought about miraculous healing of the sick (e), but Jesus did this even with mud (f). <Notes> a) Psalms 45:7, cf. Hebrews 1:9, b) this is the meaning of the logos gospel message, c) Psalms 61:1-3 cited by Jesus in Luke 4:18 concerning His ministry, d) Acts 4:26-27, 10:38, e) Mark 6:13; James 5:14, f) John 9:6, 11.
The OT anointing was always “upon” or “rested on” a person to consecrate and prepare a person for a limited period of ministry, and there were very few such legitimate prophets. This same anointing was on Jesus who was under the old covenant to “fulfill all righteousness” – notice the “on” emphasis: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven . . . and it remained on Him” (a) and “it descended on Him” (b) and was “coming to rest on Him” (c). But Jesus being the last OT prophet, “The Prophet” Moses warned that “it is to Him you shall listen” (d), was unlimited in Spirit: “For He (Jesus) whom God (the Father) has sent utters the very directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of God because He (the Father) gives [to Jesus] the Spirit without measure” (e). All the OT prophets died and their ministry with them, but Christ’s ministry is everlasting (f). <Notes> a) John 1:32, b) Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22, c) Matthew 3:16, d) Deuteronomy 18:15; John 1:45; Acts 3:22, 7:37, e) John 3:34, f) Daniel 2:44, 7:14, 27; Luke 1:33; Revelation 11:15.
However, the New Covenant’s anointing for the Church, which occurred because of Christ’s shed blood, is completely different-in-kind than the old covenant’s anointing. Instead of the OT “upon/on” a person, the NT anointing is “within/in/into the inner being/heart” (a) of a person. Paul proseuchomai conversationally-prays in Ephesians 3:16 for Christians “to be strengthened with dunamis Spirit-power through the Father’s Spirit in your innermost being (b) so that Christ may dwell in your hearts (c) through trusting-relying-faith,” for “God’s unconditional-love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (d), “having given us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (e), for “God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts” (f). As a Jewish-Christian, Paul says: “for I delight in the Torah Law of conditional-favor of God in my inner being” (g) (h). To persecuted Christians, Paul says: “We do not despair for even if our outer being (i) is wearing away, our inner being (j) is being renewed dad by day” (k). <Notes> a) lebeb, kardia, b) eso anthropos, c) kardia, d) Romans 5:5, e) 2 Corinthians 1:22, f) Galatians 4:6, g) eso anthropos, h) Romans 7:22. Note: Verses 1-20 refer to Mosaic Law in his mind, his true self, but then in vv. 21-23 Paul uses nomos generically as “principle” for “law of sin in his body,” not his true self, that “wars” against “the Mosaic Law of his mind”, i) exo anthropos, j) eso anthropos, k) 2 Corinthians 4:16.