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What is the anointing?

What is the anointing?

The New Testament Greek words for “anoint” are chrio, which means “to smear or rub with oil” and, by implication, “to consecrate for office or religious service”; and aleipho, which means “to anoint.” In Bible times, people were anointed with oil to signify God’s blessing or call on that person’s life. A person was anointed for a special purpose—to be a king, to be a prophet, to be a builder, etc. There is nothing wrong with anointing a person with oil today. We just have to make sure that the purpose of anointing is in agreement with Scripture. Anointing should not be viewed as a “magic potion.” The oil itself does not have any power. It is only God who can anoint a person for a specific purpose. If we use oil, it is only a symbol of what God is doing.

Another meaning for the word anointed is “chosen one.” The Bible says in Luke 4:18-19;Acts 10:38 that Jesus Christ was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit to spread the Good News and free those who have been held captive by sin. John 14:16 describes, after Christ left the earth, He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit. Now all Christians are anointed, chosen for a specific purpose in furthering God’s Kingdom.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee”. Amen.


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