Anointing – BT3

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Can a thing like a song be “anointed?”

 

 

Since the OT is but a “shadow of the things to come, the substance/reality belonging to Christ” (a) and “these serve as a copy and shadow of the heavenly things” (b), and “since the Torah Law of conditional-favor has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true from of these realities” (c), it’s very possible that it is a misnomer to call a song “anointed” in the New Covenant.  Maybe this is just another “tradition of men” (d) or “wind of doctrine” (e) blowing through the church.  There certainly has been an obsession by the modern church to “borrow” practices from the old covenant (f), even though the New Covenant by definition and context says you shouldn’t be doing that!  Maybe only composers and musicians can be “anointed” when God shows up and takes control, but it sure seems like whatever is produced in the presence of God “in/by/with His Spirit” would then be “consecrated, dedicated, or holy to the Lord” giving Him ownership.  And that’s what 1 Timothy 4:4-5 says above:  “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/made-holy by the means of the logos gospel message and/coupled childlike-confident prayer” – it’s our childlike, confident, even bold, approach to Father God that only comes through trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ’s “Great News” logos gospel message of The Truth that consecrates or makes it holy, thus making it God’s.  No special anointing ceremony is needed. <Notes> a) Colossians 2:17, b) Hebrews 8:5, c) Hebrews 10:1, d) Mark 7:8, e) Ephesians 4:14, f) see The Great Wall.

 

However, I think we can still say a “song is anointed” when it has been visited by God, simply because we as the children of God have boldly come before His throne into His presence by trusting-relying-faith in Jesus, not our own “might and power.”  We didn’t put trusting-relying-faith in our own work to produce the song, but put our trusting-relying-faith in the Lord’s Spirit to produce it.  We have put our trusting-relying-faith on the logos gospel message of The Truth that gives us this childlike, trusting, bold, confident approach to Father God.  And we welcome what God creates as good; we receive it with thanksgiving because we know the Lord created it, not us.  He only used us!  Now what is made is consecrated, dedicated, and made holy to the Lord, and that defines it as “anointed.”

 

But if we are still under the Torah Law of conditional-favor and thus not in trusting-relying-faith, we “cannot please God” (a) because “whatever does not proceed from trusting-relying-faith is sin” (b).  Then we are still in our own “might and power” flesh, having trusting-relying-faith in ourselves instead of God.  Then the product will just be ours, and thus not consecrated, dedicated, or made holy to the Lord, and so it is not God’s property and therefore not “anointed.” <Notes> a) Hebrews 11:6, b) Romans 14:23.

 

Again, I believe Jesus that “a tree is genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko known by its fruit (a)” (b).  If the fruit isn’t “sweet” from the presence of God, no matter how good it looks (or sounds) on the outside, maybe it’s just not originally anointed, or maybe worldly performers are not faithfully conveying the anointing because they are not anointed themselves.  Some songs may look beautiful on the outside but rotten on the inside.  This is the work of deceitful spirits common to many of the world’s songs and sadly too many Christian songs!  Some songs may look plain or even ugly on the outside but be incredibly “sweet from God” on the inside, so we need to be careful not to judge by outward appearances (c).  Some songs certainly stand the test of time, consistently bringing the “sweet” presence of God, even if performed by worldly musicians.  But many Christian songs won’t stand the test of time even when performed in church by godly musicians.  This certainly takes discernment by Christ’s Holy Spirit, which is trained by constant practice to distinguish from good from bad (d) – see New Covenant Ways – BT16<Notes> a) karpos: outcome, b) Matthew 7:16, 12:33; Luke 6:44, c) 1 Samuel 16:7, d) 1 Corinthians 2:14; Hebrews 4:12, 5:14; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 5:10; Philippians 1:9.

 

The Church and its worship musicians desperately need to be anointed with the “living water” or “gold oil” of the Holy Spirit.  They can’t experience the fresh, breath of God to zoe genuinely-live if they are trying to worship God with songs either written by uninspired men, breathed on only by their own creative “might and flesh,” or even if they were once songs breathed on by God “so many winters ago!”  Not many people will survive on such “old, stagnant waters!”  Trying harder by singing more of these “old” songs louder and louder with bigger and bigger bands with more and more lights and smoke machines is just more of man’s “might and flesh,” and will lead Churches no closer to zoe genuine-life.  They are “broken cisterns,” because not only are they not filled with “living water,” they aren’t even holding “dead water” for long!  We must repent by returning to “Living Water” music.  We either need the older anointed songs to be breathed on freshly by God through a childlike bold, confident approach to God through gospel trusting-relying-faith and played by anointed musicians, or we really need to GO FOR THE GOLD and play completely different-in-kind “New Songs” or “Spirit-kind-of odes,” which are anointed, prophetic, and spontaneous!  For too long Christian musicians have viewed such music to be strange, weird, super-spiritual, and the exception to the rule.  We need to repent and make it the rule, the norm, the naturally-spiritual, and our common experience.  Let’s go for it!  See also Benefits of this Ministry.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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