Anointing – BT2 – Christians are NOW the “Letters of God”
Anointing – BT2: The Anointing makes all Christians the sacred “Letters of God”
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Because of the anointing of Christians under the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, instead of graphe scripture as a collection by rabbis over 1500 years of “sacred/holy gramma writings/letters” (a) of God for the Old Testament, Christians are NOW considered the “personal epistle or handwritten-letter from Christ, written absolutely-in-fact-NOT by-the-means-of ink but-instead by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit of [singular] living God, absolutely-in-fact-NOT on tablets of stone but-instead on tablets of human hearts” (b) – see Logos Word of God – BT20. <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 3:15, b) 2 Corinthians 3:3.
This was prophesied by Ezekiel about the Everlasting Covenant: “A completely-different-in-kind New (a) Spirit I will put WITHIN them” (b), and “I will give you . . . a completely-different-in-kind New (a) Spirit WITHIN you . . . and I will put My Spirit WITHIN you” (c), and speaking more of the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant: “I will put My Torah instruction/Law WITHIN them and/coupled I will write it ON their hearts” (d). We saw this same difference between WITHIN versus UPON in Anointing-BT1. <Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, b) Ezekiel 11:19, c) Ezekiel 36:26-27, d) Jeremiah 31:33.
Also, the indwelling Holy Spirit (a) that writes God’s Torah instruction WITHIN us instead of on stone or paper wasn’t just for a limited period of ministry from one Old Testament prophet succeeded by another. In the New Testament it’s from the time of a Christian’s “born again regeneration” (b) or “completely-different-in-kind New creation” (c) until their death (d). It’s for their lifetime! <Notes> a) Romans 8:9, 11; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 2:22; 2 Timothy 1:14; James 4:5, b) John 3:3, 7; 1 Peter 1:3, 23; Titus 3:5, c) 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15, d) 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; John 12:26.
The anointing is still for our sanctification/holiness as in the old covenant but NOW for ALL Christians as “priests to our God and Father” (a) and as “God’s servants that shall indeed prophesy” (b), just as Moses had wished: “Would that ALL Yahweh’s people were prophets, that Yahweh would put His Spirit ON them” (c)! Peter’s Pentecost sermon is for the entire Church Age: “You will receive the free-gift of the Holy Spirit, for this promise is for you and for you children and for ALL who are far off, EVERYONE whom the Lord our God calls to Himself” (d). Paul says, “You can all prophesy one by one” (e), and that all Christians should “earnestly desire the Spirit-kind-of grace-gifts, especially that you may prophesy” (f) and later “My brethren, earnestly desire to prophesy” (g). NOW the Holy Spirit gives us the enabling-power for a lifetime of ministry (h)! However, this anointing is also applicable for every aspect of Christian life (i)! <Notes> a) Revelation 1:6, 5:10, b) Acts 2:17-18 citing Joel 2:28-29, c) Numbers 11:29, d) Acts 2:38-39, e) 1 Corinthians 14:31, f) 1 Corinthians 14:1, g) 1 Corinthians 14:39, h) Ephesians 1:19, 3:7, 20, i) John 6:63, 14:26, 15:26; Romans 8:2, 6, 36.
However, this ministry is also completely-different-in-kind, being that it is “of a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, absolutely-in-fact-NOT of the gramma letter/writing but-instead of [singular] Spirit, for the gramma letter/writing kills, but the Spirit gives zoe genuine-life” (a). It’s clear Paul is pitting the Old Covenant based on gramma writings that have to be read, understood, taught, then understood and taught, and so on over and over from “the greatest to the least” that end up just “killing you” because it’s a “ministry of death” and a “ministry of condemnation” (b). The completely-different-in-kind New Covenant is “absolutely-in-fact-NOT kata ‘down-from, in the same manner as’ the [old] Covenant that I ordained with their forefathers” (c), which is NOW absolutely-in-fact-NOT of gramma writings but instead is “the ministry of the Spirit,” and this alone turns out to be “the ministry of righteousness” (d)! <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 3:6, b) 2 Corinthians 3:7, 9, c) Jeremiah 31:32, d) 2 Corinthians 3:8-9.
Jesus tells us that His anointing for us is NOW as unlimited in enabling-power as His own ministry was: “Whoever routinely is having trusting-relying-faith in Me shall actually also do the works that I do, and greater works than these he shall actually do, because I am going to the Father. [So] whatever you ask in My name/authority, this I will do that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (a). Wow! What’s holding us back? It looks like just our doubt! <Notes> a) John 14:12-13.
Finally, the anointing of the Spirit now opens up a completely different-in-kind possibility for ALL of God’s children: Christ counsels us “to buy from Him . . . salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see (a)” (b). This is a reference to direct revelation by the Holy Spirit! In fact, the apostle John actually warns Christians about listening to human teachers (c) because they are susceptible to “the spirit of error, impurity, and deception” (d), full of “loud boasts of folly, enticing others by sensual passions of the flesh” (e), and are in ministry for financial gain as Balaam errored (f) – see Ministry Finances page. <Notes> a) blepo: to physically observe/watch something to perceive/understand the non-physical realm behind/within it, b) Revelation 3:18, c) 1 John 2:26, d) 1 John 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 2:3, e) 2 Peter 2:18, f) Jude 1:11
Instead John says: “The anointing of the Holy One (Christ) gives you-all, all knowledge (a) . . . . and this anointing that you have already received from Him presently/ongoingly meno ‘abides, remain-connected-to, dwells’ IN you, and thus you have absolutely-in-fact-NO need that anyone should presently/ongoingly teach you, but just as His anointing presently/ongoingly teaches you about ALL things, and is trustworthy without any falsehood, even as it has already taught you: presently/ongoingly be meno ‘abiding, remaining-connected-to, dwelling’ IN Him (Christ)” (b). This aligns with Christ’s warning: “But you are in-possibility-NOT to be called ‘rabbi’ (c), for One is actually, presently/ongoingly your [singular] Teacher, but-instead you are ALL brethren” (d). It didn’t take long for churches to become religious by violating this and setting up the same failed hierarchy of the Old Testament – see Leaders, Teachers, and Great Wall quenching the Holy Spirit. <Notes> a) eido: visionary/mental perception/understanding to know. This is prophetic ‘seeing,’ b) 1 John 2:20, 27, c) which means ‘teacher’, d) Matthew 23:8 – see Teach One Another – BT10.
The anointing of the Holy Spirit is completely-different-in-kind (a) in the New (a) Covenant from the old covenant by definition and context of everywhere the term is used. In the Old Testament, priests and kings as well as things were anointed to separate/consecrate/dedicate/sanctify them to God for His sacred/holy use (b). In the New Testament only Jesus as Priest & King and Christians as a kingdom of priests are anointed. In the NT only people are consecrated, dedicated, or made sanctified/holy to God. Why aren’t things? Paul explains: “In later times (c) some will depart from The Trusting-Relying-Faith by devoting themselves to . . . teachings . . . that forbid marriage (d) and require abstinence from food (e) that God created to be received with thanksgiving by pistois ‘the faithful, those have trusting-relying-faith’ and/coupled are already [with ongoing effects] genuinely, experientially, relationally epignosko knowing The Truth (f). For everything created by God is ongoingly good, and absolutely-in-fact-NOT one is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is consecrated (g) by the [gospel] logos message and/coupled confidently-approaching prayer (h)” (i). There are no special anointing ceremonies of things in the NT because these OT rituals found themselves completed in Christ. All of the OT laws about the priesthood, ceremonial washing, diets, and fasting are thus no longer applicable. It’s really too bad that more churches don’t really know the New Testament in the original language before coming up with doctrines – see Bible Info.
<Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, b) Genesis 31:13; Exodus 29:2, 21, 36, 30:26; 40:9-10, 11; Leviticus 2:4, 8:10-11; Numbers 6:15, 7:1, 84, 88, 18:8; Isaiah 21:5; Daniel 9:24, c) “the last days” we are in, d) many churches forbid their clergy from marrying, e) the Jews did as many churches do today, f) Jesus: John 14:6, g) dedicated, made holy, h) enteuxis: childlike confident, bold approach to God, i) 1 Timothy 4:1-5.
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