How to obtain and retain The Anointing: Part 3

A careful study of the anointing is necessary for every believer so that no one is led astray, so that the world may see there really is a God in Heaven (Neh. 6:15-16) and that fellow believers will not cause dissension (1 Cor. 12) by accusing the genuine for false and vice versa, based on a few bad apples.

Who then can we look to as the best example of someone who was anointed? Who was the best example of someone who had a genuine balance of the Fruit of the Spirit and the empowerment of the Gifts? Of course, we should look at the ministry of Jesus and His disciples.

Rev. Asa Mahon made the distinction that Christ, in human form, required this anointing whereas He did not need an anointing from the Spirit in his Godly, Heavenly form. This tells us that God wanted Jesus to need this anointing to be an example to us of what it means to live by the Spirit.

One example to us is the way in which this anointing came to Jesus. It first came in His earthly Baptism, when the Spirit descended upon Him as a dove. Then, the second and full portion of His anointing came after Jesus’ bout with Satan in the wilderness. As Mahon noted, prior to these two instances, Jesus was not yet fully anointed though He had a relationship with His father and had “gone about his father’s business” as a boy. But Jesus was not yet ready to fulfill His ‘call of duty,’ so to speak. He had to take steps. He had to be fully anointed before He could embark on His ministry (Luke 4:14-21).

To speak further on this, Barbara Wentrobe likened the anointing to a blueprint for a new home. The architect planned every detail of that home down to the inch. But a finished blueprint does not mean there is a finished home. “Each of us is in the process of allowing the full manifestation of God’s nature and anointing to flow through us.”[1]

Also in the ministry of the disciples, the anointing did not come all at once, but in intervals. The disciples may have had an anointing (Matt. 10:1; Mark 6:7; Luke 9:1-2), but not their complete anointing until after Pentecost. The understanding of Christ as Messiah, and the power of these rather timid men to boldly turn the world around came after Pentecost, after the promised one came to give them a great anointing.

Barbara Wentrobe also noted that anointing can ‘come and go.’ A specific anointing can come upon a believer at certain times for certain tasks. For example, Elijah did not raise every dead child he came across (1 Kings 17:18-24). So a preacher may expect the gift of teaching and preaching to come to him or her when the time comes to step up the pulpit; or a lay minister to speak more clearly when it is time to conduct a Bible study. It is possible therefore to not have a gift at every hour of the day (Matt. 10:20).

[1] Barbara Wentrobe, You are Anointed (Venture, Ca: Renew Books, 2004), 25.

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