The Anointing
By: Daniel Adams

It's seems today that there is not very much understanding in most Churches on the subject of the anointing. Because there is not very much understanding on the subject of the anointing there is very little power that is being displayed. The Lord is looking for people that have a clear understanding of the anointing, and how to co-operate with the anointing to set the captives free, and lift believers into higher realms of the glory of God. In this teaching titled The Anointing we will examine several key elements about the anointing. We will discuss the anointing under the Old Testament, the anointing on Jesus, the anointing in the New Covenant, heavens electricity, and how to cooperate with the Holy Spirit.

Holy Anointing Oil (Old Testament)

Psalm 92 1) IT IS A GOOD THING TO GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD, AND TO SING PRAISES UNTO THY NAME, O MOST HIGH: 2) To shew forth thy loving kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, 3) Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. 4) For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. 5) O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. 6) A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this. 7) When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever: 8) But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore. 9) For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.10) But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.11) Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.12) The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.13) Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.14) They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;15) To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

This entire Psalm is declaring praise and magnifying the goodness of God. I want you to notice verse 10 he said I shall be anointed with fresh oil. Under the Old Testament men were set apart for the work of God by the anointing of oil. The anointing was a type of the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost was to separate them to the office that they were to stand in. Under the Old Testament there were three offices that men were anointed to stand in. Those three offices were the Prophet (1Kings19:15-16, Psalm 105:15), the Priest (Exodus 29:4-7, 30:30), and the King (1Samuel 16:12-13, 1 Samuel 16:1-13)(Psalm 89:20). When an individual was anointed they would literally pour olive oil on their head and it would run down their garments, and the Holy Ghost would come upon them to stand in that office from that day forward. The word anointing means to smear or to rub in. The oil was only a natural type of what was literally taking place in the spirit. To be anointed with the Holy Spirit is to be empowered by God for his plan and purpose.

The Anointing on Jesus

Jesus said that He only did and said what He saw the Father do and say. He was completely yielded to the will of His heavenly Father, in complete obedience even to His death. The bible also says that Jesus had the Spirit without measure. He had the Spirit without measure not just because He was the son of God, but because He was obedient to the will of God. Jesus walked the earth as a man anointed by God. The number one best way to understand how to flow and function in the anointing is to sit under the ministry of Jesus. Jesus is our example, and He is expecting us to do the same works that He did and even greater. Go to the gospels and attend some of Jesus crusades, see the power of God falling and healing all, watch Jesus make clay and heal a blind man, see Jesus casting out devils. When you hang out with Jesus something happens (Acts 4:13). The more you are accustomed with the ways of Jesus the easier it will be to discern when the anointing is present and how to cooperate with the anointing to accomplish what is in the mind of Christ for every situation. The bible makes it clear that Jesus didn't perform one miracle until the water was turned into wine in John 2. Some people think that Jesus went around as a child performing miracles, but the bible makes it clear that Jesus did not perform one miracle until He was baptized at the river Jordan and the Holy Ghost came upon Him in the visible form of a dove.

(John 1:29-34,29)The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.30) This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.31) And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.32) And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.33) And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34) And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

This was the moment that Jesus was empowered by God, for his ministry, this is the moment spoken of in Acts 10:38

(Acts 10:38) How 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.

In John 3:34 the bible says that God anointed Jesus without measure, this means that Jesus stood in every fivefold office found in Ephesians 4:11. The purpose of these gifts is so that we can grow up and not be tossed by every wind of doctrine. In His earthly ministry Jesus stood in the office of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, Pastor (Shepard) an He was a teacher.
Apostle- Jesus was a sent missionary from heaven to earth for the purpose of saving the world from sin and redeeming man back to their Father, and He completely fulfilled his mission.
Prophet- Jesus was the Prophet; every word that Jesus spoke was a direct revelation from God.
Evangelist- Jesus was the Evangelist; He declared the good news of the Kingdom of God. He brought Good News to the sick, you can be healed. He brought good news to the poor; you don't have to be poor anymore. He brought the good news of redemption. Not only did His words bring redemption, but He redeemed mankind on the cross at Golgotha's hill.
Pastor- Jesus is the Pastor; He said I am the good shepherd.
Teacher- Jesus was the Teacher; He taught them as one having authority, not as the scribes, and the Pharisees.

The Anointing In the New Covenant

Today we are not living under the Old Covenant but we are living in the New Covenant, also known as the dispensation of grace, the dispensation of the Holy Ghost. Under the Old Testament we see that there was a manifestation to some degree of the anointing, but as we saw earlier it wasn't for everyone. In Mark 16:15 Jesus told His disciples to go ye into all of the world and preach the gospel, this applied to them and it also applies to us today. In Mark 13:34 we see that Jesus gave His servants authority. As you read throughout the book of Acts you will find that when the power of God was displayed persecution arose, and the church went everywhere preaching. You may not be called to stand in the office of an Evangelist, but every believer is called to share the Good News of Jesus (refer to the Street Evangelism Training Manual if you would like to learn how to effectively share the Gospel). Jesus said that we were to go, but I want you to notice something that He said before you are to go. He said to tarry at the city of Jerusalem until you be endued with power from on high (Luke 24:49). The anointing of the Holy Spirit is for every believer, every believer needs to be endued with power from on high if they are going to be an effective witness. Remember it wasnt just the 12 on the day of Pentecost, it was the 120.

(Luke 4:14) And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee: and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.

Luke 3:21-22) Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,22) And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

Jesus was born of the Spirit. The Angel appeared unto Mary and told her that she would give birth, and she said, how? The Angel said “the Holy Ghost shall overshadow thee.” Jesus was born of the Holy Ghost and if you are a born again child of God you are born of the Holy Ghost. We see 33 years later Jesus was endued with power for His ministry. When you are born again that is one experience, when you are empowered from on high with the anointing of the Holy Ghost that is another experience. There is the anointing within, that comes when and individual is born again, which is for fellowship. Then there is the anointing upon, this is the power Jesus was speaking of, which comes for ministry.

Heavens Electricity

(Mathew 13:54-58) The Bible tells us that Jesus could do no mighty works in His hometown because of the peoples unbelief. That tells me that even though Jesus had the anointing without measure the people didn't receive because of their unbelief.They probably said Jesus of Nazareth, we know who He is, he was on our son Brian's baseball team. I know who he is, he is the guy who made our dinning room table and chairs. Jesus said, that a prophet is without honor in His hometown. Because they grew up with Him, they knew who He was. They doubted God's ability on him, and it kept them from receiving from heaven. So we find that their unbelief short circuited the power of God from touching them. It didn't short circuit the power on Jesus, it short circuited them from receiving. That tells me that if we reverence God, that is a key to receiving from God. It also tells me that if we look at people in the natural we will miss it.

The anointing is heavens electricity. If you can understand how electricity works then you can understand how the anointing works. There are good conductors and there are not so good conductors. Gold is an excellent conductors of electricity, but if you try to use something like lead then it is not as good of a conductor. It is the same way spiritually, the anointing flows where there is faith, but it is short circuited where there is doubt, unbelief, and little understanding of the word of God. When Bengamin Franklin invented the light bulb, he didn't invent electricity, he invented the light bulb, so that it could cooperate with electricity and bring the benefits that we receive today, let there be light!

In the story of the woman that was healed with issue of blood in (Mark 5:25-34) we find that she pressed in through the crowd, she touched the clothing of Jesus, and she was completely, instantly healed by the power of God. I'm sure that there were many people who touched Jesus that day, but there was something very different about her touch. She placed a demand on the anointing because of her faith. The power of God flowed out of Jesus' clothing and into her body and she was healed. In (Acts 19:11) the bible says that the anointing was in handkerchiefs and aprons and when people came into contact with these handkerchiefs and aprons diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. These are only a couple of many examples found in the bible that illustrate the tangibility and transference of the anointing.There are different anointings to stand in different offices in the Body of Christ. These different offices as we saw earlier are the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher. Regardless of what office an individual is anointed to stand in, they are also anointed to tell the good news of Jesus. God has an anointing for each believers life, it's our job to press in to God until we are operating in the call that He has for our lives.

Cooperating with God

One of the primary operations of the Holy Spirit is to communicate the mind of Christ to us. Jesus is the head and we are the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:23). In your natural body, when you decide to move your hand, foot, or any other part of your body, your brain sends an electrical impulse to the that part of your body, and that part of your body moves. In the same way Jesus is the head and we are His body, when He wants a certain part of his body to move or function in a certain way He sends a Holy Ghost impulse that is communicated from His Spirit to your spirit which gives direction and supplies energy to fulfill His intended purpose. The Holy Spirit is the one who communicates the mind of Christ to us and as we cooperate with Him we bring heaven to earth.
The anointing is God cooperating with you to fulfill His plan and purpose for your life. In Matthew 16:20 it says that the Lord was working with the disciples confirming the word with signs and wonders following. It is clear that God was cooperating with the disciples because the disciples were cooperating with Him by preaching His Word. We understand that God is everywhere at the same time, but that doesn't mean that He is manifesting His presence and power everywhere at the same time. He manifests himself where people are hungry and thirsty, where people are pressing in, and placing a demand on the anointing. The anointing isn't just a thing, the anointing is God Himself, it is the agent that He uses to set the captives free, destroy the works of the devil, and bring glory to Himself. The anointing is heavens supernatural equipment to do what God has called you to do. When God calls you to do something He will always equip you, so that you have enough to get the job done. I would rather have the anointing on me than have anything this world has to offer. God wants to empower you afresh for the task that lies ahead. When the anointing is on you, things become easy, things flow smoothly. I didn't say all of your circumstances will be perfect, but you will have grace to run your race.


You must commit to God and press in like never before, because God has an eternal plan and purpose for your life. As you get hungry and press in with all of your heart, I am persuaded that God will touch you, and your life will never be the same in Jesus mighty name!

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