New Bible Study Series
You Have a Holy Spirit Anointing
As a New Creation, you are immediately set apart for service to God, but most Christians avoid knowing this. The Holy Spirit is at work in your life the minute you got saved. Even if you are not actively partnering with the Holy Spirit, He is active behind the scenes to work out Father God’s good pleasure in your life (Philippians 2:13). If you are actively partnering with the Holy Spirit, He is doing more than you could ever ask or think to promote you in the Kingdom of God. This is what this series of lessons are about: how the Holy Spirit is working in your life in ways you may have no idea. What’s important for you to know is that many life-changing works of the Holy Spirit came upon you at salvation.
The first way the Holy Spirit is at work in your life is that He anointed you at salvation. Believe it or not, you are now set apart and sanctified for God’s work.
You Are Anointed for Service. Father God permanently affected your life in many ways immediately upon salvation. Not in theory, but in reality. At the moment of salvation, He re-manufactured your unrighteous human spirit into a eternally righteous one (2 Corinthians 5:17). He sealed your human spirit with the Holy Spirit until the day of your redemption (Ephesians 1:13, 4:30). He empowered you by seating your human spirit at the right hand of the Father in heaven (Ephesians 2:8). And at the same time, anointed you for ministry with the same Holy Spirit that He anointed His Son Jesus with (2 Corinthians 1:21). That is a lot to understand especially if you are a new Christian. But these operations actually happened to you. Your status before God the Father eternally changed and you didn’t have to do a thing. You see, salvation is a state of being, not a state of doing.
Anointing is a powerful tool in your arsenal to accomplish God’s work, and protect you from satan. Satan cannot permanently overcome you because you are consecrated unto God for His service. Yes, you will loose some battles, but you will win the war because of “whose” you are. Even the king-of- Israel-to-be David did not kill King Saul because he was anointed (set aside) by God (1 Chronicles 16:22). Balaam, couldn’t curse the people of Israel even though he was paid to do so. He couldn’t curse was God had blessed (Numbers 23:8).
What is anointing? In it’s simplest terms, anointing is the act of setting a person or object aside for sacred use. Sometimes you hear of the term consecration. It is basically the same act. You are set aside for service to God. When you are anointed, you are empowered in different key areas of you life.
Anointing in the New Testament comes from the Greek “Chrisma” which means to smear or use an ointment. That oil represents the Holy Spirit. The oil is a visible reminder of the Holy Spirit at work in your life. I used the name, The Lord Jesus the Christ specifically to remind you that Christ is not Jesus’ last name. It is the transliterated for “anointed.” He is Jesus the Anointed. The Holy Spirit rested on Him at His baptism. Acts 11:26 tells us that the church in Antioch were “called little anointed ones” or Christians. You are an anointed Christian as was Jesus. (2 Corinthians 1:21)
“For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.” I Corinthians 1:20-22 NAS
“Christ says “Yes” to all God’s promises. This is why we have Christ to say “Amen”for us to the glory of God. And so God makes it possible for you and us to stand firmly together with Christ. God is also the one who chose us and put his Spirit in our hearts to show that we belong only to him. I Corinthians 1:20-22 Contemporary English Version
Notice the differences in these two versions of scripture. The NAS uses the word “anointed” which is the literal word in Greek. The CEV uses the phrase that God chose us, which is also correct in the sense that in anointing us, He purposely chose us for Himself, set us apart for Himself and that doing that, we belong to Him now.
You are entitled to be anointed. High priests, Kings, Prophets and all the Temple furnishings were anointed. Why were they anointed? They were instruments of God set aside for His use. Why are we set aside for His use? Because you are prophets, priests and kings in God’s service.( Revelation 1:4-6)
“John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood— and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:4-6
If you don’t feel that important, let me assure you are. Even the smallest utensil in the Temple was set aside for God’s use. It’s God that makes you important even though you don’t feel you are worthy of it. And you can have a profound affect on other people just as the “common use” utensils did. Look what happened when those common use utensils were touched something by “unholy.”
“With it you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony, and the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the laver and its stand. You shall also consecrate them, that they may be most holy; whatever touches them shall be holy. You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister as priests to Me. You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations. ‘It shall not be poured on anyone’s body, nor shall you make any like it in the same proportions; it is holy, and it shall be holy to you.” Exodus 30:26-32
The Three Main Anointings in the Old Testament. The first anointing is the Lepers Anointing. This very first anointing is what you receive at salvation. Christians (anointed ones) are totally saved from all sin, and family curses instantaneously. Remember the anointing breaks the yoke. (Isaiah 10:27) From this point on, lepers were considered clean. Notice what specifically is anointed. First, their earlobe for hearing God. Secondly, their thumb for their daily service to God. Thirdly, their big toe for their walk with God. Remember what Jesus “anointed” in the upper room, He washed the disciples had and feet only.
“The priest shall then take some of the blood of the guilt offering, and the priest shall put it on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot. “The priest shall also take some of the log of oil, and pour it into his left palm; the priest shall then dip his right-hand finger into the oil that is in his left palm, and with his finger sprinkle some of the oil seven times before the LORD. “Of the remaining oil which is in his palm, the priest shall put some on the right ear lobe of the one to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, on the blood of the guilt offering; while the rest of the oil that is in the priest’s palm, he shall put on the head of the one to be cleansed.” Leviticus 14:13-18
Second anointing is the Priestly anointing. When God promotes you, more of you are consecrated to God. Aaron and his sons had their heads and their clothes anointed for and were permanently set aside for service.
“You shall take the garments, and put on Aaron the tunic and the robe of the ephod and the ephod and the breastpiece, and gird him with the skillfully woven band of the ephod; and you shall set the turban on his head and put the holy crown on the turban. “Then you shall take the anointing oil and pour it on his head and anoint him. “You shall bring his sons and put tunics on them. “You shall gird them with sashes, Aaron and his sons, and bind caps on them, and they shall have the priesthood by a perpetual statute. So you shall ordain Aaron and his sons for service to God.” Exodus 29:729,30:30
The third anointing is the Kingly anointing. The king’s anointing was for power and authority. When you begin to take the authority that God has already given you to battle the rulers, authorities and powers of darkness, you are a king. The Old Testament describes the anointing of a king. This is the overcoming anointing that is given to Christians Satan is overcome by the blood and the word. (Revelation 12:11)
“Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it over Saul’s head. He kissed Saul and said, “I am doing this because the LORD has appointed you to be the ruler over Israel, his special possession.” 1 Samuel 10:1
“So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah. 1 Samuel 16:13
“You shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you.” Acts 1:8
“And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God” 1 Corinthians 2:4,5
Conclusion. You are already anointed to lead the people of God. It started when you got saved. Your anointing by the Holy Spirit is ultimately to administrate God’s kingdom on earth. God needs you to be set aside to intercede for it as a priest, and to guard it like a good shepherd who watches over his special possession ensure that it is not attached by disease or demon.
God anointed your ability to hear Him (ear lobe), gave you an assignment to do (thumb) and anointed your everyday walk (toe or feet), your thought life (head) and your clothes (outward appearance) is now set aside for God’s use. You are special to God.