Christianity: The Anointed Ones | Part 14
Jesus Christ was anointed by God the Father at His baptism. In Matthew 3:16 – 17 the Bible says: “and Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him. And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, this is My beloved Son.” This same thing as mentioned in Luke 3:21-22. “ it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Ghost descended in bodily shape like a dove upon Him..” And finally, Acts 10:38: “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him.” Jesus was anointed by the Father, so the dove, anti-type, last bird sent from the Ark, Christ is THE last messenger of, to, the world, from God!! Hebrews 1:1 states:” God, who at sundry times and in divers matters spake in times past of the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son…” A dove has always been a symbol of peace, so God came and made peace by His Son, on the cross of Calvary!! Colossians 2:14 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross.” Ephesians 2:14 states: For He is our peace, who has made one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us.“ The middle wall separated Israel from the Gentiles, and Christ was/is the price God paid to accomplish this great task!! As Ezekiel wrote, in Ezekiel 37:22. The word Christ, means the anointed one-the one set apart-they who are separate and was the given name to the Christ who came from heaven and we who follow Him!
All prophets, priests, and kings were anointed, as a type, to show the pattern that would be in the New Testament. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 tells us: “now He which establish us with you in Christ, and anointed us, is God; who has also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” The anointing and sealing is given as proof, proof of our salvation. In Romans 8:9 and 16 tells us by the Spirit, the messenger of the new covenant, sent us a message that tells us, “we are children of God!!” The Holy Spirit is given us as our new Director of Operations. He replaces instinct (the sub-conscious guide given us at birth). In the mind of man (where He reigns supreme to lead and control thoughts, passions, and communication) He brings our minds under His control, He leads and directs us. He answers our questions, intercedes in our behalf in a language we cannot even use as communication, changes us to be in a fashion like our Lord, and is the guarantee that on the day of the resurrection our bodies, at the sound of the last Trump, WILL RISE, for He has dwelt in us!! Romans 8:9;11;13;14;26;27.
As our seal-He identifies us as belonging to (the same thing as a covenant, agreement, contract) God. Ephesians 1:13, as the earnest, He guarantees our inheritance. Ephesians 1:3 as our guide, He uses His power as God, to show us HOW to win the war, not just a daily struggle, in which we are engaged. Ephesians 3:16. In fact, the apostle John writes: “the anointing which we received of Him, we need not that any man teach us: but as the same anointing teaches us of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, even as it teaches us, we abide in Him.!!” 1 John 2:27 From Him comes what is called fruit! This fruit is the result of what has been planted, fertilized by the word. This fruit changes the old hard hearted heart of man and leaves us with a new hear. It is called the new man! This new life has a new road as travelers we walk on the road to eternity! So as we travel, read, and study from the book of life because we bear this fruit, this fruit adds to our faith, gives us greater strength, allows us to be what God intended us to be! For the Holy Spirit sheds-spreads the light of the word of God by giving all light, necessary, so the traveler (Christian) can see. It sets us apart as God’s holy priest-so we can offer up spiritual sacrifices through-by-because of our relationship in Christ, the Father!! Thank God for the Holy Spirit!!