Anointing – BT2
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The NT anointing makes all Christians the sacred letters of God with Spirit-power!
Because of the anointing, instead of graphe scripture being the “sacred gramma letters of God” as they were under the old covenant ministry, under the New Covenant ministry Christians are now the personal epistle or letter from Christ, written absolutely not in fact with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, absolutely not in fact on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts” (a) – see Logos Word of God – BT20. This was prophesied by Ezekiel about the Everlasting Covenant: “A new (b) Spirit I will put within them” (c), and “I will give you . . . a new (b) Spirit within you . . . and I will put My Spirit within you” (d), and speaking more of the New Covenant: “I will put My Torah instruction/Law within them and/coupled I will write it on their hearts” (e). The indwelling Spirit (f) with God’s Torah written within us instead of on stone or paper also wasn’t just for a limited period of ministry as in the OT, because in the NT it’s from the time of regeneration until death, and applicable for every aspect of Christian life (g) – but certainly for our consecration/holiness and for the Spirit’s enabling-power for ministry “of a New Covenant, absolutely not of the gramma letter but of the Spirit, for the gramma letter kills, but the Spirit gives zoe genuine-life” (h). <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 3:3, b) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, c) Ezekiel 11:19, d) Ezekiel 36:26-27, e) Jeremiah 31:33, f) Romans 8:9, 11; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 2:22; 2 Timothy 1:14; James 4:5, g) John 6:63, 14:26, 15:26; Romans 8:2, 6, 36, h) 2 Corinthians 3:6.
Furthermore, the anointing now isn’t just to consecrate and Spirit-empower a few prophets or one per generation, but is now for every Christian – just as Moses had wished: “Would that all Yahweh’s people were prophets, that Yahweh would put His Spirit on them” (a)! Well that’s exactly what Peter said on the Day of Pentecost after the 120 disciples were Spirit-baptized: “God declares (b), that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh . . . on My male and female servants in those days I will pour out My Spirit, and they [all] shall indeed prophesy . . . dream dreams and see visions . . . you will receive the grace-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” (c). That’s why Paul says, “You can all prophesy one by one” (d), so all Christians should “earnestly desire the Spirit-kind-of grace-gifts, especially that you may prophesy” (e) and later “My brethren, earnestly desire to prophesy” (f). <Notes> a) Numbers 11:29, b) Joel 2:28, c) Acts 2:17-39, d) 1 Corinthians 14:31, e) 1 Corinthians 14:1, f) 1 Corinthians 14:39.
Jesus tells us that His anointing for us is as unlimited in Spirit-power as His ministry is: “Whoever has trusting-relying-faith in Me will also do the works that I do, and greater works than these will he 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). <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, because “the anointing of the Holy One (Christ) gives you all, all knowledge (c) . . . . and this anointing that you have already received from Him abides/dwells in you, and thus you have absolutely no need in fact that anyone should ongoingly teach you, but just as His anointing actually, ongoingly teaches you about ALL things, and is trustworthy without any falsehood, even as it has already taught you: abide/dwell/remain in Christ.” (d). This aligns with Christ’s warning: “But you are not in possibility to be called ‘rabbi’ (e), for One is actually, ongoingly your [singular] Teacher, but instead you are all brethren” (f). <Notes> a) blepo: to physically observe/watch something to perceive/understand the non-physical realm behind/within it, b) Revelation 3:18, c) eido: visionary/mental understanding, d) 1 John 2:20, e) which means ‘teacher’, f) Matthew 23:8 – see Teach One Another – BT10.
In summary, 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. In the OT, priests and kings as well as things were anointed to separate them to God for His sacred/holy use (b). In the NT only Jesus as Priest & King and Christians as a Kingdom of priests are anointed. In the NT only people are consecrated, dedicated, or made 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 those who have trusting-relying-faith and know 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 logos gospel message and/coupled confident 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. <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.