If you have been a Christian for a while, then you must have heard the word “anointing” or “anointed.” You may have seen oil being poured over someone or heard someone referred to as “being anointed.” One very popular scripture among Christians is “touch not the Lord’s anointed.”
All of this brings up one question that begs an answer, “What does the Bible say about the anointing?” This post will attempt to answer this question and explain a few other issues relating to the subject.
Explaining “The Anointing”
To anoint is an aspect of a religious ceremony that involves rubbing or smearing oil over a person or sacred item. Two Greek words come together to form the word “anoint.” The first is “Chiro,” and it means to rub or smear oil, while the second is “aleipho,” meaning “to anoint.”
Let’s look beyond the origin of the word or its usage. The anointing is used to set a person, thing, or place aside for divine use. It releases power to a person for several purposes, including to do God’s work and for protection. A famous example is when Jesus Christ read Isaiah’s scroll in the temple.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” – Isaiah 61:1-3 (ESV).
According to scholars, the same word used for anointing in this scripture is repeated in Acts 4:27 and Acts 10:38. While Jesus Christ had this unique anointing, God made provision for every Christian to have it as well. Paul shows this to us in 2 Corinthians 1:20-22:
“For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him. That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put His seal on us and given us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”
The same word is translated to “anointed” in this scripture. This means that God has put His royal mark on us through the anointing. It explains why Jesus Christ said that those that believe in Him would do more wondrous works.
Benefits of The Anointing
Now that we have established the fact that God has anointed us, we need to understand the benefit of this anointing. The easiest way to figure this out is to look through the Word. This section will help you discover the benefits of the anointing on your life.
According to Acts 10:38, Jesus Christ was anointed with the Holy Ghost and with power. With this anointing, He went about healing diseases, casting out devils, and doing good. When you receive the anointing, it empowers you to fulfill your purpose. Saul and David are other good examples. Saul became a changed man once he received the anointing as he began to prophesy and do what he couldn’t previously do. David received the anointing and defeated Goliath. You receive power when the anointing comes upon you (Acts 1:8).
Isaiah 10:27 tells us that the anointing breaks the yoke. A yoke is anything that holds you back from fulfilling your potential. Once the anointing comes, it sets you free from such hindrances. Moses used to be a chronic stutterer, but the moment God anointed him to deliver Israel from Egypt, that yoke was broken. When you receive the anointing, it breaks every limitation on your way to fulfillment.
The anointing comes with favor. According to Luke 2:52, Jesus Christ grew in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man. This was a result of the anointing. Once it comes upon you, lines fall for you in pleasant places.
Protection and provision
Isaiah 41:10 tells us to “fear not” because God is with us. It goes ahead to speak of how God holds us with His right hand of righteousness. Several parts of the scripture talk about God’s protection over us.
The anointing doesn’t just protect, it provides. Psalms 23:5 says that God prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies. It further states that He anoints our heads with oil, and our cups run over. This means that in the most unlikely circumstances, God can still come through for you because of the anointing.
God desires you to have the anointing, and He has anointed you with His Holy Spirit as He did Jesus Christ. All you need to do is realize that you have this anointing and its potency in your life. It can change everything about you if only you believe. Kindly check out other articles about the anointing and the Messiah on GodKulture.