The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath Anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18, 19
2 Corinthians 1:21
21 Now he which stablish us with you is Christ, and HATH ANOINTED US, is God.
1 John 2:20
20 But YE HAVE AN UNCTION (anointing) from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
You see, if you are in Christ, God has anointed you. You have an unction from the Holy one, and that unction or anointing abides in you. This same word translated “unction” just quoted in First John 2:20 is the same word translated “anointing” later in verse 27.
1 John 2:27 (New International Version)
27 As for you, the ANOINTING you receive from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his ANOINTING teaches you about all things and as that ANOINTING is real, not counterfeit – just as it has taught you, remain (“abide,”KJV) in him.
Remember, in the Old Testament the anointing only abided upon the prophet, priest, or king. But after the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the day of Pentecost, the anointing of the Holy Spirit came to abide within everyone who believes. So in this dispensation, when you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, and is filled with the Holy Spirit, the anointing comes to abide within you. That is why the Bible says that you are the temple of God because you are carrying the Spirit of God within you (1 Cor. 3:16).
Now, as I said, it is God who calls and specially anoints people to stand in the office of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher (Eph. 4:8-12). These are New Testament offices or ministry gifts that have been given to the church, and there are different anointings that operate in each of them. First Corinthians 12:28 gives us some insight about God’s anointings in the body.
1 Corinthians 12:28
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, and after that miracles, then gifts of healings, HELPS, GOVERNMENTS,DIVERSITIES OF TONGUES.
Notice the different ministries are referred to in this verse. The offices of the ministry gifts are mentioned, but we see some ministries in which the layman can operate: helps, government, and diversities of tongues. For example, have you ever been in a service when a layman in the congregation gave a message in tongues and interpretation? A believer can give a prophecy through tongues and interpretation; it is different from the tongues and interpretation that operate through the fivefold ministry gifts. You’ll often notice that when tongues and interpretation of tongues operate through the fivefold ministry gift, the gifts have higher degree of anointing. Why? Because it’s a different anointing. It’s the same Holy Spirit – but there are different anointings!
Word for Today: Encouragement
The most gifted leaders have the ability to spur people on to greater heights of achievement than they thought possible. Jesus was such a leader. In the New Testament you certainly find Him exhorting people. “Take up your bed and walk!” “Step out of the boat and join me on the water!” “Have faith and move mountains!” One of Jesus’ leadership secrets is knowing that people need encouragement and support in making a maximum press or effort to new breakthroughs. Let’s learn from Jesus on how to encourage other to press on.