Christians: The Anointed Ones

Christianity: The Anointed Ones | Part 4

As was the sign of circumcision in the Old Testament, so is the gift of the Holy Spirit in the new. The term Holy Spirit is a descriptive term, not a proper name.  Yet, He is a mark, the seal, a verification of a covenant between God and those of us who will be baptized into Christ for the remission of sin. He is and possesses all the attributes that define the nature called God. Commensurate with all of His power, ability to create, and extreme intelligence beyond our comprehension; the Holy Spirit is defined as holy, that is the function given Him, by complete agreement, at the Council of Eternity, before the beginning of time, when the mystery of the gospel was introduced by God the Father to those of like nature. Both Old and New Testament show that people received the Spirit, and that they were of a special kind, type, to perform a special service to bring man to a knowledge of the coming Son. It is not then hard to understand, how that we who have been graduated into Christ by being baptized for the remission of sins, have been selected by our obedience, not some extra-terrestrial experience.

Although it is not considered mockery by those who act so feverishly insensitive to the nature of such a High Being, the falling backward, laughing uncontrollably, doing some kind of uncontrollable religious dance; speaking in a foreign gibberish, shows the depth of study and understanding of this great member of Deity!  A note: literally, the word glossolalia is a combination of old Greek nouns which referred to speaking in other languages. Glossa meant tongue, language, and lalia meant such things as talk and discussion. These are usually the words that are used to describe this denominationalism exaggeration(s). When the apostles received the “promise of the Father” on the day of Pentecost and were asked to explain why they could speak “to every man in their own native tongue the wonderful works of the Lord,” Peter standing up with the 11 said: “these are not drunken as you suppose, seeing this is but the third hour of the day, but this is that was spoken by the prophet Joel.” It shall come to pass in the last days sayeth God, that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh.” These who received what Jesus called the baptism of the Holy Spirit, where those who were commanded to “tarry in the city of Jerusalem, until they were endued with power from on high.” Luke 224:47-49  Before He ascended He said: “but wait for the promise of the Father you heard from Me.  John truly baptized with water that you should be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence.” Acts 1:4-5

Jesus had said to His disciples, those who had been with him during his three-year ministry: “If you being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” Luke 11:13  The question then is how could they ask the Lord for anything if “God doesn’t hear the prayer of the sinner.” John 9:31, Isaiah 59:1-2 The answer is given in that He instructs those who will keep His commandments.  These are described as “worshipers of God who will do His will.”  99% of the religious people today who claim the Holy Spirit have never ever done what the Holy Spirit had the apostles write!! The day of Pentecost, on which the Holy Spirit came from heaven, was a first- fruits related harvest Festival in the Old Covenant ritual. It appears that amongst other things, that high day had symbolized and foreshadowed the outpouring of the Holy Spirit which began as recorded in Acts 2. What began on the day of Pentecost and concluded 40 years later was the bringing in a new law from heaven. Every time something new was brought into existence, there was a season of miracles to usher it in, then a law of Providence to sustain that that was new!!

Christianity: The Anointed Ones | Part 3

“Because you are his sons, God is sent forth the Spirit of His Son in your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”  And if sons, it follows you we heirs of God through Christ-the heir of all things”!!   What manner of persons can we then become if we have such a gift?  How humble and devoted to the Lord must we be if we, the joyful and triumphant, who been washed in the blood of Christ.  We can claim the King of Kings and Lord of Lords as our older brother!!  As great as the opposition is to truth and salvation, we have no reason for despondency. Greater are our friends and allies, and infinitely more powerful, that all our enemies. God is on our side-Jesus Christ is our King-the Holy Spirit is on the throne room of our hearts. –His angels are our ministering servants-the prayers of all the prophets, apostles, saints, and martyrs who have gone on to glory are for our success-our brethren are numerous and strong-they have the Sword of the Spirit, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the artillery of truth, the arguments of God, the preparation of the gospel of peace.  -Our Commander and Captain is the most successful general that ever entered the field of war-He never lost a battle-He is wonderful in Council, excellent in working, valiant in fight-the Lord of Hosts is His name. He can still the false machinations of our enemies, control all the powers of nature, and subdue all of our foes, terrestrial and infernal. Under His conduct we are Mount Zion, that can never be moved. Indeed under Him we are “come to Mount Zion, the stronghold and fortress of the kingdom, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, the General Assembly and Congregation of the Firstborn, enrolled in heaven-to God, the judge of all-to the spirits of just men made perfect-to Jesus the mediator of the New Constitution-and to the blood of sprinkling, which speaks such peace, and joy, encouraging to the heart.” Hebrews 12:22-24

Ought we not, then, brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might? If in faith, and courage, and prayer, we put on the heavenly armor, and march under the King (according to the gospel trumpet), the walls of Jericho will fall to the ground, and the banners of the cross will overthrow the rulings of paganism, atheism, skepticism, and sectarianism.  “There is no despair under the guardianship of the Messiah, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but spiritual.  They are mighty to the overturning of strongholds, to the overturning of all reasonings against the truth, and every high thing, raised up against the knowledge of God, and in leading captive every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5  The conversion of the world is our enterprise, infinitely worthy of all the effort that we have at our disposal.

Far greater than this that God has given us is something that the denominational world and mankind has never appreciated. That is the gift His Son has gained for us, the gift of the Holy Spirit!! He has left for us so little to do-nothing, indeed, nothing can defeat us, we have this power which will lead us to the eternal gates of Heaven!!  Some Bible translations use the phrase the Holy Ghost, instead of the Holy Spirit. Ghost was an earlier English word with the same meaning as the Latin-based noun “spirit.” In Old English, the word was gast, meaning breath, life, soul, spirit. In the Greek text of the New Testament, the relevant words are pnuema, which means breath, blowing, or wind. Hagios, which is defined as “holy”, the literal meaning perhaps something like devoted, dedicated, separated. Mark 3:29, Luke 12:10. What a gift, what a power within us.  We are never lacking, our destiny the eternal abode!!

Christianity: The Anointed Ones | Part 2

Of all the blessings that God has bestowed upon those who are members of the church of Christ, there is that privilege to have in our hearts the highest intellectual and moral enjoyments ever bestowed. This is called the gift of the Holy Spirit!!  Shall we not, then, fellows soldiers, appreciate the use, as we ought, of our present purity and happiness, to gain eternal honor and glory?  The light which the sun of righteousness has shed so richly and abundantly on us, far outshines the pale light of Judaism, built upon Moses and the Prophets.   Remember, that we stand up on apostles and prophets who guided by that eternal light, and sustained by Jesus, the light of the world, and the interpreter and vindicator of all of God’s ways to man in creation, Providence, and redemption. But to think that God would bestow upon we who are members of the body of Christ the presence of a fellow deity to live and reside in our hearts; is beyond “what could not see and ear could not hear; and what could have never entered into the heart of those who love the Lord.”  All we who are saints are stars; and He that is now given us in this life by the Sun of righteousness, will cause us to only look forward to our glorious future with the Bright and Morning Star and the Ancient of Days!!  Until the day of eternity and the day star of immortality arise in our hearts, we can always look to Jesus with an appreciation that is far beyond expression, for not he only did He buy with His blood, but He prayed the Father to give us the Spirit.

Superior heavenly light could not come from any other source. The personal, real and primary remission of all sin, which we enjoy through the blood of the Lamb of God, that which is bestowed on us through the demands of baptism, and the continual confession of sin; distinguish us from anything a  sacrifice under the law could, and did. Ceremonial offerings; could not go so far as to dissolved the guilt of the transgression under that law, as to give them a right to the continued enjoyment of the temporal promises of their national compact. Further Jewish sacrifices and ablutions could not reach that far. The comparison with the sacrifices of the Old Testament Law stop with one point: they could not reach the mind of the Father nor the conscience of the giver. The apostle Paul writes those sacrifices could not make him who did that service, perfect. Hebrews 10:1  The Jewish sacrifices could never answer the conscience, for they never could reach that high.  Their goal was to sustainand, never reach the possibility of re-entering fellowship with God!!  Show me, fellow traveler, where riding the road to eternity with the 10 Commandments as his law and guide, where any of the 10 Commandments would ever allow a person to have a free, clear, anticipation of total forgiveness of sin. But again, that is still not enough; in the Christian dispensation, not only do we have the absolute forgiveness of sin, we have as a bonus what is beyond reality and consideration, we have been blessed by God to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Superior light and knowledge and in larger conception of God, which puts us beyond being  called “a friend of God,” stop short if we do not understand, that we have formally been adopted into the family of God by adoption. The proof of our adoption is its guarantor, the gift of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13. No higher honor could ever be vouchsafed the inhabitants of this earth.” Because you are sons, God has sent forth the spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Galatians 4:6  And if sons, it follows we are heirs of God through Christ– the heir of all things. ThIs is not some romantic vision, but sober and solemn truth, that we are children of God, possessing the spirit of Christ, and constituted heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ of eternal inheritance!! Romans 8:17

Christianity: The Anointed Ones

We have never really understood what God has blessed us with, when He gave to us His Holy Spirit. True Christians are the anointed ones, their name intimates as much. We are anointed with the message of the plan of God, with gifts and spiritual endowments; that has been given as a blessing from our benefactor. We are anointed. We have a similitude of offices that are subordinate only to the Lord, without question, and are His subordinate prophets, priests, and Kings, under God. The Holy Spirit is compared to oil, as well as to fire and water; and the communication of His message gives us this anointing. The word itself, is defined as anything smeared on, unguent, ointment, usually prepared by the Hebrews from oil and aromatic herbs. Anointing was the inaugural ceremony for priests.
Our rank and standing under the reign of the Prince of Peace has never been surpassed, has never been equaled-by any portion of the human race. We have the visions and revelations of God-His being in perfection-developments of His wisdom and knowledge, of the initial council of His grace, and the purposes of His love; which give us an intellectual and moral superiority above all our predecessors in the patriarchal and Jewish ages of the world. Secrets of God, which were hid from ages and generations, have been revealed to us by the apostles by the great Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus. What Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Moses, David, Isaiah, Daniel, and all the prophets, down to John the Harbinger, rejoiced to anticipate, we have. The intellectual pleasures of the Highest are guaranteed us. We transcend the attainments of the ancient people of God, and beyond that, will be exalted to heaven, and may enjoy the days of heaven upon earth as long as are faithful in the Church of Christ. We have a book which contains not only the charter of our privileges, but explains a thousand mysteries. We have interpretations of God’s past providences in the affairs of individuals, families, and nations, as opened to us, thousands, for rational and sentimental enjoyment, from incidences and things which puzzled the perplexed the most intelligent and highly favored of past ages. Mountains are, indeed, leveled; valleys are exalted; rough places are made plain, and crooked ways straight to our comprehension and, from these, we are able to form more just conceptions of the present, and more lofty anticipations of the future, then fell to the lot of the most highly – favored subjects of the preceding dispensations. And, indeed, so inexhaustible are the deep and rich minds of knowledge and understanding of the Christian revelations, that the most comprehensive mind in the kingdom of heaven might labor in them until we reach the age of the Methuselah, constantly enriching ourselves with all knowledge and spiritual understanding, and yet leave at last vast regions and tracks of thought wholly unexplored. We, my friend as members of the Church of Christ have the gift of the Holy Spirit. This decided superiority over the most gifted Saints of former ages we unquestionably enjoy. Among all the living excellencies with which they were acquainted, they wanted a freedom from sin, we have been given. As His Bride, we have the virtues and excellencies an Abraham, a Joseph, a David, could never achieve, for they always had blemishes in their moral character that remained as a part of their legacy. They failed before their contemporaries, All the excellencies that can adorn the human nature. AND we have Jesus, “the image of the invisible God,” “the effulgence of His glory,” and “an exact representation of His characters; but as a man, “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sin, exhibiting in the fullest perfection every excellence. And beyond this great favor, we have received, after our first resurrection, the anointing of the Holy Spirit: when we became PRIEST OF GOD. Galatians 4:6