WHAT IS THE ANOINTING?
ANOINT describes the procedure of rubbing or smearing a person or thing, usually with oil, for the purpose of healing, setting apart, or embalming. From ancient times the priests and kings were ceremonially anointed as a sign of official appointment to office, and as a symbol of God’s power upon them. The act was filled with an element of awe. David would not harm King Saul because of the anointing the king had received (1 Samuel 24:6).
Scripture speaks of at least four kinds of anointing:
1. The anointing of respect or of hospitality. Oil was poured over the body of a person as a sign of respect and hospitality. Such took place
when welcoming guests into one’s home (Luke 7:46) or when burying the dead (Mark 14:8; Mark 16:1).
2. The anointing for service, such as prophets (1 Kings 19:16), priests (Exodus 28:41), and kings (1 Samuel 10:1).
3. The anointing for medical purposes (Isaiah 1:6; Luke 10:34; James 5:14; Revelation 3:18).
4. The anointing of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. The words Christ and Messiah mean “The Anointed One” (Luke 4:18-19).
The Old Testament priests were anointed with oil just once, when they were inducted into their office. The New Testament priest, the believer is anointed with the Spirit just once, when he is inducted into his office as a priest at salvation (1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal PRIESTHOOD”).
There’s a lot of error being taught about “the anointing.” In John 16:13 Jesus said, “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.” Be sure what you hear as truth is authored by the Spirit of truth. He will always glorify the Son, Christ Jesus.