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Christianity: The Anointed Ones | Part 18

The truth concerning Christ, that was at the first delivered to the saints, is not to be exchanged for anything written by man. When the final treatise concerning Christ was penned, we had received “the faith once delivered to the saints.” Jude verse 3.  This verbiage once delivered, is from a word which means once and for all and forever more! The commandments of the Word, which comes from the beginning, can never be questioned! “My little children, I do not write a new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning. The old commandment (mentioned in 1 John 2:7) is the Word which was before time who has now come into time. Many fail to understand this truth. When speaking of the revelation given at Sinai, most people refer to it as the “10 Commandments,” when the actual rendering in the Hebrew is, “10 Words.”  “God is light;” 1 John 1:5; therefore, it can be argued that in creation, when God said, “let there be light,” Genesis 1:1, He infected the world for the first time with Himself by this creative act. The word, WORD does the same feat. Psalms 33:6; John 1:1. “Thy Word/commandment is a lamp to my feet, a light to my path.” Psalms 119:105 “for the commandment is a lamp. The teaching is a light and the way to life by His rebuke through this discipline, brings LIFE. What makes this citation in Proverbs most profound is the word, Word, commandment.  Proverbs 6:23, since we understand the revelation of Sinai is called “10 Commandments,” are not so addressed in the original Hebrew. They are, in fact, called the 10 Words!  Keep this in mind while considering 1 John 2:4 that we discussed last week. “He who says I know Him and does not keep His commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him. But whosoever keeps His word (here is our word for commandments), in Him, verily is the love of God perfected; hereby we know that we are in Him.” Again, the word light has a common derivative to word! He states that “God is Light,” in whom we abide (take up residency and remain with great comfort), to whom He has given us the Commandments!  The interchanging of word and commandment happens in Hebrew and Aramaic!! “By this word, we are the children of God, distinguished from the children of Satan.” 1 John 3:10  Sin indulged in, knows no bounds, and the further it proceeds from the truth along its path, is seen to be works of the devil!!

Human nature is the same now as it was of old. There are still Cains, the world, hating it’s Abel, the Church of Christ! Therefore, “Marvel not if the world hate you!!” And what seems to be more interesting, there seems to be no neutral ground! The world either loves, our hates.  This is why we must love our brother. He who is not for his brother is against him. Love is our only security against hate. And everyone who does not love is a potential hater, and John says every hater is a murderer. A murderer who expresses his hatred in this most emphatic way, then, is one who is forced to interpret his hatred for his brother as one who must “kill his brother, as did Cain.

So the Psalmist expresses it this way: “Thou anointest My head with oil.“ Psalms 23:5  How many times have we heard this quoted and yet not studied it?  The general questions we ask when exegeting a passage is overlooked when we read this verse.  Who’s speaking, to whom, what is the subject, and in what dispensation is never considered. What anointing is taking place is not discussed. We seem to fly into an outrage in romantic suggestion and express to ourselves: how wonderful this must be! When we missed the exegesis of this passage which greatly calms our souls. The calmness this description of the peace and calm delight feels is never extolled.  He, which dwelt in the heart of him who is speaking, is overlooked. Like of prayer prayed in the 16th century that has been recited: “Let there be peace on earth dear Lord, and let it begin in me. One of the fruits of the spirit, taught us by the apostle Paul, is peace. This peace can be and is ours, we who have been anointed by the Holy Spirit. We, who live our lives in obedience to His words/commands, who remain fervent in prayer, miss the rest of the Psalm. The knowledge of the Lord prepares our way before us, causes our cup to run over, gives us goodness and mercy all the days of our life because we dwell in the house of the Lord forever, is not often taught!

Christianity: The Anointed Ones | Part 17

The Holy Spirit for the child of God is an unction. Unction was anything smeared on, ointment applied in the inaugural ceremony for priests in the Old Testament as a type. For true Christians, who are the anointed ones, our name intimates as much. We are anointed with the oil of grace, grace being defined as God’s gift of information open to us, through His son. From this grace comes gifts, as the spirit of God makes over our hearts. These were and are spiritual endowments, we who have received the message of the Spirit then bear the results of that message called fruit. The delivering of the message or communication of the Holy Spirit is the application or unction, our anointing. The effect of this unction, comparable to spiritual eye-salve; is that it enlightens and strengthens the eyes of understanding and allows us safe passage on the narrow road to eternal peace with God!! John writes: “and thereby you know all things” (all these things concerning Christ and His religion.) John 14:26: “but the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said to you.”

We who know the truth, are prepared to defend against what is contrary thereto and inconsistent there with. The line which shows itself to be a straight line shows also what is crooked. Truth and falsehood do not well mix and suit each other. And those of us who are well acquainted with the Christian truth are thereby well fortified against anti-Christian error and delusion. We are commanded to “try the spirits”, try their message, see if they stay within the guidelines of the revealed truth. No lie belongs to Christ, either natural are revealed. The apostles most of all condemned lies, and showed the inconsistency lies had with their doctrine: they would have been the most self-condemned persons had they propagated the truth by lies. It is a commendation of Christian religion that it well affords any inspection by any means, for truth is the foundation of it, contained in each facet of its elements or rudiments. All will know the truth, and the truth will set us free.“ John 8:32

It is sad when men tell you that they know God and yet deny His truth. Again, John writes in 1 John 2:1-6: “and hereby we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that says, I know Him, and keeps not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whosoever keeps His word, in him truly is the love of God perfected: and hereby know we that we are in Him.” “He that says he abides in Him also must walk, even as Christ walked.“ There are direct enemies of God for Christ’s sake, that enemy is called by the apostle John as he was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write: an anti-christ. The antichrist denies the witness and testimony of the Father, concerning Jesus Christ, and consequently abandons the knowledge of God in Christ, while all at the same time, professing love for God. These men and women are liars, egregious, opposers of sacred truths: they denied that Jesus is the Christ. These pernicious lies have been spread in the world, were of old, and usually are relating to the person of Christ. God There is no truth so sacred and fully attested but that Jesus of Nazareth was the son of God, attested by heaven, and earth, and hell. Were it not for the clear and concise instruction of the Holy Spirit to the apostles, we would be lost in a maze of confusion and doubt and never know our way to eternal peace with God. That this is true is shown as the apostle advises and persuades the disciples to continue in the old doctrine that was at first communicated to them, 1 John 2:24,  truth is older than error. The truth concerning Christ, that was at first delivered to the saints, is not to be exchanged for the frivolous novelties of man. So sure where the apostles of the truth of that that they had delivered concerning the deity of Christ, that after all their toils and sufferings, they were not willing to relinquish any truth that had been given them by the Holy Spirit. Maintaining this sacred advantage, the instruction of the Holy Spirit that was given by the apostles in the first century, we who participate in adhering to the primitive truth and faith, are never in doubt concerning the truth that has been delivered!! “We know in whom we have believed, and that we are persuaded that He is able to keep that which He has committed unto us, against that day.“

Christianity: The Anointed Ones | Part 16

Sometimes, people use words without really knowing what they mean. When it comes to the Bible, it is good to know the actual meaning of the words that appear in the translation. The meaning of the words Christ, Messiah, and Jesus, have to be followed to their origin. Included in this we’ll always run across the word Christian; but did the early Saints call themselves “Christians”? The words Messiah, and Christ have all the same meaning in their original language forms. Hashiyach (Hebrew) and ho Christos (Greek), and Mashiyach (Aramaic). It is interesting, that man never named Jesus, the Christ! In the famous quotation in Matthew 16:18, Jesus said to Simon Peter;” flesh and blood has not revealed this.” It is not often understood, but when Peter made this confession, he confesses faith in Messiah was to come, not person only. Jesus reply provides Peter the same understanding David and the prophets had regarding God’s salvation, the Rock. Christ said flesh and blood could not reveal the nature of Messiah, only Jehovah God Himself could give us the information by direction of the Holy Spirit!

The old Greek phrase ho christos meant the anointed. The word christos is the same word used in the Septuagint as a Greek adjective and is used in around 40 Old Testament passages, amongst them Daniel 9:25-26. In other words: the Greek phrase ho christos corresponds to the Hebrew phrase mashiyach, notice it is a description, not a word. In John 1:41, John 4:25 the word used is a clarifying comment by John. This is the only two verses of New Testament passages that contain the word Messias. The Hebrew word mashiyach was actually the same as the Greek word christos. The Bible does not contain any mention of an Aramaic are Hebrew form for Jesus name. The name the Scriptures give for Him is Iesous. Palestine had been under Roman influence for centuries. In New Testament times, common languages amongst the Jews was Aramaic and Greek. Some knew Latin; Hebrew was spoken in some few local areas, but Aramaic was the language of the day. When it came to the common language, it was Aramaic. The Hebrew form of Jesus name, was something like Joshua (Yehoshua). In the apostles day, the Holy Spirit used the word Christian (christianos). Christianos was really an adjective with the meaning of the followers of Christ! Acts 11:26 note: this was not a name the church called itself, it was a name that the people in that area called them. There were two other times in the New Testament that the name Christian was used. One was Acts 26:28 and the other 1 Peter 4:16. Peter writes verse 16, “but if he undergoes punishment as a Christian, that is no shame to him; let them give glory to God in this name.” Those in that day considered that being called a Christian was just as bad as being called a criminal (see verse 14). Some wonder, then, what did the saints call themselves? The New Testament writers addressed them as saints, brothers, faithful ones, chosen ones, separated ones, and disciples. There is no mention that they would have used the word Christian of themselves! Later, when the Roman Catholic Church was founded, the word Christian began to be used in a different way. But, that has nothing to do with the true Jesus or the saints and how that word was used in the apostles’ day! Christian was simply a byword that outsiders used of the saints and believers!

Where the saints the anointed ones? If they were, it would not have been correct to say it that way. They would have been called the “followers of the anointed one.”  Its Hebrew equivalent was ha-Mashiyach, hence, the Messiah.  Point: Jesus was the only one called, Messiah, the Anointed, Greek “ho Christos”. That title belongs to Him, alone. The Saints were not anointed ones; they were followers of Jesus who was the anointed One! The translation of 1 John 2:20, King James version of 1769, renders “chrisma” as unction, and in 1 John 2:27, as anointing. This completely changes the meaning of the passage. Both times it was what they were called, not but what they received. Unction, here, is a synonym for anointing. Actually, the word for Messiah is a transliteration of the Hebrew, which meant anointed. The epithet ho Christos was more like a title of ridicule!

Christianity: The Anointed Ones | Part 15

All Christians are anointed of God. You cannot say you are a Christian, unless you are anointed. The purpose of the anointing of the Holy Spirit is one and the same. It is the advantage given the member of the Church of Christ in the new covenant that which they, of the old covenant, never entertained. The Holy Spirit in our lives becomes our director, conscience, stabilizer, and developer. As the old song goes: “if it wasn’t for the Lord, tell me brother, what would I do? If it wasn’t for the Lord, and His wonderful love, I know I would make it, I just couldn’t take it, to heaven up above. If I didn’t know, that He loved me so, I’d have to give up, the way is so rough, wherever I go! If he had not begun, at the request of His Son, to send His Holy Spirit, I be so weak and weary, the race I’d never run.”  The Holy Spirit is the seal, identifying us as belonging to God. Ephesians 1:1 the Holy Spirit is the earnest/guarantee that our obedience warrants the resurrection of our bodies. Ephesians 1:13, the Holy Spirit strengthens us-gives us power in the inward, spiritual man. Ephesians 3:16 and finally, the Holy Spirit becomes our communicator with the Father, Romans 8:26-27. If it wasn’t for the Holy Spirit, we would not have a chance. He enables us to “bear all things, believe all things, endure all things, endure hardness till the end,” as Paul wrote. He is the fertilizer that we have as we are planted in a NEW life, spiritual life that allowing us to be strengthened beyond our might. He is the change agent that causes our old hard-heart, hard like a tree, to soften the shell and loosen up the husk so we can bask in His Son’s love through ceaseless ages. God has given us His Spirit. Like the chlorophyll that produces new life, the Holy Spirit adds, increases our ability, and shines the light along the path that will lead home. And if that were not enough, He puts within us the same “mind that was in Christ Jesus, which brings eternal glory.”

False teachers, in the day of the apostle John were called Anti-Christ. It was one thing you probably could’ve rest assured, they did not see themselves as against the Lord! Some were even miraculous deceivers, yet because this seed remained in those who had heard and obeyed the word of God, we did not fall. The seed of the kingdom is the word of God, Luke 8:4, and as the word of God, in their hearts and minds, as it is ours today, they/we would not listen, but try the spirits to see if it was of God! Each child of God becomes what would be called a “fruit inspector, a judge, a trier of the thoughts and the teachings that they heard.” With the Holy Spirit residing within them as it does us, no man could cause them to the “depart from the living God.” Listening, testing, trying against the written word of God, our delivery from the hands of the evil one is not miraculous, it is providential! If the seed, the word of God, is planted deep in the recesses of minds, we can live the Christian life, and remain faithful on the path of righteousness, and finally “enter into the gates into the city!!” As like has affinity with like, so God would dwell where men were like Him. With His abode in our hearts, we will be like, live like, pray like, and speak like Him who directs our lives!! The blessed presence of God with His people is proclaimed and admired: “I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying, behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” Revelation 21:4 The presence of God with His church is the glory of the church, it is a matter of wonder that a holy God should ever dwell with any of the children of men. His immediate presence with them, His love manifested to them, and His glory put upon them, will be their/our perfect happiness!! Then and only then will the character of those with whom He has fellowship, on His part, be glory on their part. This new and blessed state will allow us to be free from sorrow, all the effects of sin are done away. In effect, there will be no tears, by reason of sin, of affliction, the calamities of the former life, the tears of the church have been wiped away. We have no more remembrance of former sorrows! So, tell me not that I cannot live the Christian life, I am victorious over sin, and tell me not that I have not been benefited by my Creator and Maker by His Spirit that dwells within me!! For I am one of His anointed, I have been changed, I am new born, now, all of my life has been re-arranged.  What a difference it makes when the Lord comes to stay, in our hearts, oh, yes, we’ve been changed!!

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!!

Christianity: The Anointed Ones | Part 13

As a young preacher, the only thing I ever heard about “anointing” came from denominationalism They of the Pentecostal persuasion, they we called “holy rollers.” But as I began to study the Scriptures I found that the idea of anointing is throughout the entire Bible. The active anointing of fragrant olive oil over the head of the anointed one is taught explicitly in the Old Testament. In the book of Exodus 29:7 the direction by God to Moses “to anoint Aaron and his sons” cannot be overlooked. “Then shalt thou take the anointing oil:, and poured upon his head, and anoint him.” This was done publicly so all might see. There is no question then that priest were part of they who are anointed! In Psalms 133:1-2; David is quoted as saying this anointing is “like precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments, as the dew of Herman, as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion.” When these were anointed with oil there was also the laying on of hands. The laying on of hands was a public showing of the passing on of the mantle of leadership authority. The laying on of hands at the beginning had nothing to do with healing or miracles, but to receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The anointing oil of the sanctuary was composed of many precious ingredients while olive oil was its basis. Not only Aaron, but all later high priest were anointed with it. Exodus 30:30. The anointing of the high priest was a sign and symbol of unity. He bore on his breastplate the names of the 12 tribes. The message came from one source, not like to confusion of several people trying to speak at once in language nobody understands!! The dew of Mount Herman, is what the Jew would understand as the moisture which fertilizes the holy land, and made it the fertile land. Mount Herman was to Canaan what Aaron was ceremonially to Israel. The Jordan, issued from the roots of Herman diffused throughout Zion. The message of the gospel comes from one source, the apostles of Christ, if every doctrine cannot be traced to their teaching and instruction it has to be avoided. “God, is not the author of confusion.” 1 Corinthians 14:33

One of the three functions attributed to the Holy Spirit in reference to the Christian is that the Holy Spirit seals, gives us the earnest (down payment on our bodies), and anoints. We become the SET APART! The purpose is to make us holy– changing from unusable clay to vessels “meet for the master’s use”– as the Holy Spirit functioned when he brooded over the face of the waters in the creation making the world a place habitable for mankind. We who have received the Holy Spirit, are given a way to make our lives “holy” so God the Father and God the Son can have a habitation, there. The apostle Paul writes,” for through Christ we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father….. And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself, being the chief corner stone…..In whom ye also our built together a habitation of God through (by) the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:18-22

Other specific servants anointed in the Mosaic system were Kings.  1 Samuel 9:16; “tomorrow, about this time, I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people, Israel…” The third classification of persons were they who were called prophets. In 1 Kings 19:16, “and Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah: shall thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.” Again, this was not a private ceremony this, again, is a public ceremony. This was not done privately and then declared by “personal testimony”exspecting others to believe their lie as the denominationalist do, today!!

Christianity: The Anointed Ones | Part 12

As a young preacher, the only thing that one ever heard when anointing was mentioned, came from   the Pentecostal denomination and the Holiness. The idea of anointing is throughout the entire Bible. The act of pouring fragrant oil over the head of the one to be anointed is often seen in the Old Testament. In Exodus 29:7 the Bible says: “then shalt thou take the anointing oil, and poor upon his head, and anoint him.” Then we read in Psalms 133:1-2, “it is like precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments as the dew from Mt. Herman, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing even life forevermore.” Aaron nor any of his sons were allowed to minister unto the Lord till they were anointed with this ointment. Our service is not acceptable to God without this holy effusion: which is described by the word, love. If we do not love, we are nothing. In 1 Corinthians 13:1-2, this is mentioned.  It is like dew, it brings abundance of blessings along with it, it cools the scorching heat of men’s passions like the evening breezes cool the air and refreshes the earth. We who live in love are given peace from the God of love and peace who dwells within us. We know we shall be with him shortly, forever, in a world of endless love and peace. How good then is it, and how “pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”!

The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to make us holy. He changes us, if allowed, from something unusable to “vessels meet for the Master’s use.” As the Holy Spirit brooded over the face of the waters in the beginning, He hoovers, changes our hearts, makes the heart a place habitable for God the Father and Christ!  In John 14:23; Hebrews 3:6; and 1 Corinthians 6:19, the Holy Spirit tells us that when in our hearts, He makes the necessary changes within our hearts that allow Deity to stay, dwell within our hearts! If the spirit does not have his way in our hearts and we will not allow Him to make is holy, He will leave us!! Ephesians 4:30

There were three types of men mentioned in the Mosaic system that were anointed: prophets, priest, and Kings. This was not a private ceremony it was a public one.  Exodus 40:13 mentions the anointing of priest. In 1 Samuel 9:16, it tells us the kings were anointed, and 1 Kings 9:16 in tells us of the prophets. This anointing was the privilege of a selected few. Jesus was anointed by God the Father at His baptism, Matthew 3:16-17; Acts 10:38.  Symbolically the Holy Spirit came in the form of a dove and descended. This was the pre-arranged way John the Baptist could know for sure who was the chosen of God. Luke 3:21-22; John 1:31-32. This anointing was to show He who was anointed was given a special post and was endowed by God with authority to perform a special function.  It was a privilege of a select few. As the last bird sent from the Ark, Christ is the last messenger from God. Hebrews 1:1  The dove was the message of the Holy Spirit to bring peace. Ephesians 2:14. The title, Christ, is not a name, but a description which means God’s anointed one!

All Christians are anointed of God. 1 Corinthians 1:21-22. It is said we are anointed and sealed. Anointed, when we received the Holy Spirit, and sealed, by the establishment of a covenant between God and us. There is no literal oil poured on our heads, but what is given is the presence of the Holy Spirit immediately after the resurrection from baptism. Thereafter, we are said to reign as priest and kings. Revelation 5:10; Romans 8:37. All Christians, if they are a Christian, receive this anointing!

Christianity: The Anointed Ones | Part 11

We have discussed before and will now enlarge upon the seal of the Holy Spirit. Three passages mention this function of the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 1:21-22 reads: “now He which establish us with you is Christ, and anointed us, is God; who also sealed us, and gave us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.”

Ephesians 1:13: “in whom (that is in Christ), having also believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.”  And Ephesians 4:30 “and grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed unto the day of redemption.” Sealing the Christian is not a work of the Spirit. Sealing is the work of the Father and He accomplishes this work by giving the Spirit to the Christian. The Father is the sealer and the Spirit is the seal. The word seal means “to set a mark upon by the impress of the seal, to stamp, to confirm, authenticate.” So, God has approved us as being His by giving us His Spirit!    ! John says: “hereby we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He had given us of His Spirit. 1 John 4:13  You may ask, “how do we know that we have the Spirit as our seal?” The answer is simple, we have God’s word on it, therefore, by knowledge of the Word and faith in Christ, we believe it is surely as true as we believe we have remission of sins, when we have been baptized into Christ. Acts 2:38

Again, the gift of the Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance, this is the second thing that Paul says the Spirit is to the Christian. “Now He that hath wrought us for this very thing is God, who gave us the earnest of the Spirit… He is the earnest of our inheritance, unto the redemption of God’s own possession, under the praise of His glory.” 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:14   The word earnest means “money given as a pledge that the final amount will subsequently be paid.” So, the Spirit is God’s pledge to us that one day we will be full recipients of all His glory! Romans 8:23; Philippians 3:20-21.  How wonderful, that He has given us His Spirit!   Notice again, this is what the Spirit is to us, not what he does for us. The Spirit, Himself, is the earnest that God has given us in our hearts.

Again, the gift of the Spirit is that motivation that, given to us, is the power that we possess to live godly in Christ Jesus! The faith that the Christian has of the presence of the Spirit within is one of the greatest incentives to godliness that we possess. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, the apostle Paul is pleading with the brethren not to return to a life of fornication, but to flee from it. He uses several wonderful arguments and then concludes by saying, “Or know ye not, that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God? And you’re not your own; for you are bought with a price: glorify God therefore in your body.” Knowledge of the Spirit’s indwelling was the power that was to enable the Corinthians to flee fornication, adultery, homosexuality, or any decadent sin that they were  currently committing. Notice: they were instant changes, but a change in the direction the Spirit of God DEMANDS, to not improve, one is “trying the Spirit”!!   Often I am told by young Christians having just been baptized into Christ, that they cannot begin giving or living as Christ commands. The change has been too quick; they cannot alter their finances, they cannot change their plans, their mate is not signed on to this new agreement and they therefore have to change to make things happen for them.  Many feel as though they are a failure, they cannot bring about this change, instantly. We who are older in Christ, have the opportunity to teach them of faith, faith demands improvement, and continue to improve, until perfection. Don’t mock the Spirit until attained!! Christianity is a “work in progress,” but progress MUST describe that work!!

Christianity: The Anointed Ones | Part 10

In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for anointed is dashen. That word in its primitive sense meant to be made fat. Figuratively that meant to satisfy. This word is used in Psalms 23, in reference to Jesus Christ. This was an unusual description, because those of the Old Testament covenant were never satisfied, that is sustained an existence of fellowship with God– their sins were never forgiven. It is very unusual that the Spirit is mentioned in the Old Testament Scriptures. We do not wonder then why the disciples that Paul met of John the baptizer in Ephesus, had never heard of the Spirit. Acts 19:1-5.  He was NEVER PROMISED, them!!

The relationship that the individual Christian sustains to the Holy Spirit of God is not only one of the greatest themes of the New Testament, it is one of the most prominent. There are many passages that show a very personal relation between God’s children and God’s Spirit. Jesus had, during His personal ministry, prophesied a new era in which all the believers would be recipients of God’s Spirit. Here is the promise!! “Now on that last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, if any man thirst, let him come to Me and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the Scriptures have said, from within him shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believed on Him were to receive: for the Spirit was not yet given: because Jesus was not yet glorified.” John 7:37-39. The words, “for the Spirit was not yet given,” cannot be understood in its absolute sense, many passages indicate that the Spirit had been given in the sense of being with them to empower, lead, influence in some way, but not in them! He had visited but never had residency!! The context of John “from within him shall flow” the original language reads “from out of his belly shall flow.” That is indwelling with a vengeance. So Jesus said that those who came to be covenanted believers in Him would receive the Spirit of God to indwell their bodies, but only after He had been glorified. Then, in His farewell discourse with His apostles, Jesus said, “and I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another comforter, that He may be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive; for it receiveth Him not, neither knoweth Him, ye know Him; for He abideth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you desolate: I come unto you.” John 14:16-18   Jesus said the apostle’s relationship to the Spirit of God was going to change-something new is going to occur. The Spirit had been with them, in the person of Jesus, but now He was going to be in them. So now we have it, in the book of John, there was promised two senses, ways, means, that the Spirit would be in those who would be obedient to the gospel of Christ. As the apostle Paul would write: “if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” Romans 8:9

In the epistles of Paul particularly, we learn not only the fact of the indwelling but also the function or purpose of the indwelling Spirit of God. To the Galatian brethren the apostle Paul wrote: “and because ye are sons, God has sent forth the Holy Spirit to dwell in your hearts.” Galatians 4:6. To the Corinthians Paul would write: “know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit…. which you have from God.” 1 Corinthians 6:19   Finally, Paul said:” therefore he that rejects, rejects not man, but God, who gives us His Holy Spirit.” The 1 Thessalonians 4:8 conclusion is this: “the Holy Spirit of God is God’s gift, given.”  In Acts 5:32; the apostle Peter states “to all them that obey Him.” This is the second time that Peter makes this statement in the book of Acts.  It was the Holy Spirit that was given to all “who repent and are baptized for the remission of sins.” Acts 2:38

Christianity: The Anointed Ones | Part 9

Is the Holy Spirit being distributed here on the earth, at this time? In Luke 11:13 Jesus said: “if you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” The question always comes, how do we ask God for the Holy Spirit? Answer-by obeying His word! The way that we obey His word is to follow His commands. His commands are given to quicken the obedient. On the day of Pentecost, when the Jews cried out to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “men and brethren what shall we do?” The answer that followed shows the plan of God had already been made accessible to man by the immediate response that the Holy Spirit gave the apostle Peter, as is recorded by Luke. The answer was “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” They who received the Holy Spirit on that day received what the apostle Paul stated later in Romans the eighth chapter as the “first fruits of the Spirit.” That outpouring of the Holy Spirit is the blessing that God has given to the obedient in the New Testament dispensation. There are many places in the New Testament that the seal of the Holy Spirit is mentioned. 2 Corinthians 1:22; 5:5; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; Galatians 5:22-23; Revelation 7:3-9. As has already been mentioned, this shows that the Holy Spirit was a gift that God intended to use as the means to identify we that are His by our obedience to His commands.

In the book of Acts 5:32, the apostle Peter is on record as stating “the Holy Spirit is given to all them that obey Him.” The Holy Spirit is a gift from God, He is deity that is sent to reside in the heart of we who have been forgiven of sin, a place prepared because of obedience to the gospel because of the cleaning of our spiritual house by the blood of Christ, our heart, is a place now God has residency, through which  He can direct our lives. The Holy Spirit then truly sits on the throne room of our heart. Sitting here He is able to bless us in a way that only God could have made happen. He speaks to God on our behalf!! In the book of Romans the eighth chapter and the 27th verse, the apostle Paul writes: “likewise the Spirit also help with our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searches the heart, knows  what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the Saints according to the will of God.” If this were not too wonderful to be true it can only be construed to God from whom this came.  What a position that we find ourselves in, when the Holy Spirit has been invited into our hearts to abide. This is beyond our comprehension. Imagine being able to speak to God in God’s language. It is something that all of us have had concerns about when we pray. How can we address deity in a manner that would be acceptable? God the Father has answered the question, He has given us a member of deity as one of the basic ways our needs are expressed to Him. What a beautiful and glorious plan, what a comforting and helpful understanding, to know that we can literally and actually have One who could express on equal terms of communication our hearts to God the Father; but it even gets better than that. The Holy Spirit ask for things we do not know we have need. Asking in that fashion shows that our Christianity is based not only on our obedience to the gospel, which teaches us how to please God and live the Christian life, but also on a fellow-member of deity who expresses those needs in a language that God the Father speaks and prays for things the man in prayer our woman in prayer does not even have an understanding that they need!!