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December 24, 2009
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This is Part 2 of The Anointing, which is a continuation Part 1. Being that not everyone will have Part 1, the First part of this Mini-book is mostly a repeat of Part 1.
Christians are "in Christ." Christ, means "anointed." Being in Christ, we are "in the Anointed." Being in the Anointed One, we must learn a whole new way of living. We are not of this world (John 17:16) Therefore, we must learn how to live in the spirit, and not walk after the flesh (Gal. 5:25).
Jesus said, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit" (John 3:6). When we were born of the flesh, we learned to walk after the flesh. Now that we are born again of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, we must learn how to live in the Spirit and walk in the Spirit.
When we were children in the world, the world taught us how to live. Those who were in the world were our teachers. We were taught by our parents, then by others in the world. But now, that we are born again of the Spirit, God is to be our teacher. Jesus said, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God..." (John 6:45). This is a whole new way of living. It is a whole new life in the Spirit. Before we were born again, we were not in the Spirit, but only in the flesh. We must learn how to live in the Spirit and walk in the Spirit.
In 1 John 2:27 it says, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." The word "anointing" means "a special endowment of the Holy Spirit." Yet, as we study the Scriptures, we will find that the "anointing" is the Holy Spirit, Himself. Therefore, in 1 John 2:27 it says, "...ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." The "him" is the Holy Spirit.
Only the Holy Spirit is able to teach us all things. When we were born into this world, our parents taught us about life, and how to live in the flesh. Now that we are born again of the Holy Spirit, it is the Holy Spirit that will teach us how to live in the Spirit. Who knows more about living in the Spirit, than the Holy Spirit, Himself?
We know that all things had their beginning in the spiritual realm. It all began with God the Father, who is Spirit. God is not "a spirit," but God "is Spirit." Out from the Father came His Son, whom we know as Jesus Christ (John 5:26; 14:28; 16:27; Acts 2:36). The Holy Spirit also came out from the Father (John 15:26). These three are One (1 John 5:7).
Being born of God, living in the Spirit, we must be taught by God. God is our true Father, and we are His true children. Jesus said, "And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven" (Matt. 23:9). Oh, how important it is to be "taught by God." Only God knows all things, and only God has the ability to do all things. God knows how to teach His Children spiritual things. There is no better teacher to teach us spiritual things than God Himself.
In teaching us "all things," God has given us three witnesses to know what is of God and what is not of God. In 1 John 5:8 it says, "And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one." These are the only witnesses we need to know what is of God. In the Old Covenant there was the witness of two or three men. In the New Covenant the witness of men is no longer used, for sometimes men are liars (Num. 23:19). Therefore, it is explained in 1 John 5:9,10, saying, "If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son...He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself..." Now that the witness of God is within us, we do not need the witness of men, who sometimes lie. What we are taught by the "anointing" is truth and not a lie (1 John 2:27).
How many Christians today are ready and willing to be taught by God? How many are willing to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh? How many are willing to be led by the Spirit and not by the flesh? How many are willing to believe God, and not the world?
All of these things are necessary, if we are to be led by the Spirit and not by the flesh. The flesh is of the natural man. The Spirit is of God. Living in the Spirit and walking after the Spirit is a whole new way of living. It is a whole new life in Christ. It is not the way the world lives. Many religious people are teaching Christians how to become religious.
This is similar to the Levites (the Pharisees and Sadducees), at the time of Jesus. They were teaching according to the outward appearances, not according to the inward leading of God. They were trying to make others perfect, by their idea of what God was teaching. They were teaching others that they had to live by the Law of Moses, when they themselves did not live by the Law.
God does not teach that way. God teaches us all things according to the way God lives. Jesus is an example of the way God lives. God sent His Son, Jesus, into this world to teach us to know the Father who sent Him. Jesus taught by the way He lived so we could understand the leading of the Holy Spirit. By example, Jesus taught us how to live in the Spirit, and walk in the Spirit.
Now that Jesus has gone back to be with the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit to teach us all things. Therefore, Jesus said, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God..." (John 6:45). Jesus knew it was not possible for men to teach spiritual things. Therefore, He sent the Holy Spirit to teach us all things.
Taught by God
Jesus was taught by God from the beginning. When Jesus was with the Father, He was taught by God in everything God does, and how God operates (Prov. 8:22-31). Then Jesus came into this world with many purposes.
Jesus came to show us the Father (John 1:18; 6:46). In John 14:8, it says, "Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us." Then in John 14:9 it says, "Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father..." The Father was in Jesus doing the works (John 14:10).
Therefore, everything Jesus did included "teaching us to know God by His example" by what He did and how He did it. From the time that Jesus received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, He was led by the Holy Spirit in everything He did. Now, it is up to us to be taught by the Holy Spirit ourselves, by knowing what Jesus did and how He did it.
Satan has brought into this world teachings according to the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 3:1-6). Therefore, the world lives by the knowledge of good and evil. That is not God's plan for Christians. God's plan for our lives is that we are taught by God (the Holy Spirit). In teaching us, the Holy Spirit uses the written Word of God, and the anointing within us to teach us all things. What is written in the four gospels is of great value to us in learning from the written Word of God that which is of God and that which is not of God.
In John 8:3-18 it tells us of when the Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus that was taken in the act of adultery. They were tempting Jesus according to what they believed the Law of Moses said.
In John 8:6 it tells us that after Jesus heard them, He "...stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not." Why did Jesus do that? Why didn't Jesus answer them according to their idea of the Law of Moses?
Jesus never did anything unless He first heard from God. Jesus waited until He heard from God. Then Jesus answered them, saying, "...He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her" (John 8:7). Jesus was "walking after the Spirit and not after the flesh." Jesus was not judging according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (John 8:15-18).
What Jesus spoke to the woman was what God wanted Jesus to say, not what the Pharisees wanted Jesus to say. God is not trying to please men, but rather to do His will here on earth. God is not for death, but for eternal life in Christ Jesus.
The sin that this woman committed was already declared as paid for by the Blood of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8). It seems the Pharisees never considered what was written in Isaiah 43:25,26, where it says, "I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins...Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified."
In John 3:17 it says,"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." Salvation does not come by keeping the Law of Moses (Acts 13:38,39). Salvation comes by Jesus doing for man what man could not do of himself.
When we believe the Gospel and do what we are told to do in the written Word, we will be saved. What man could not do, Jesus did for us.
In 2 Corinthians 5:21 it says, "For he (God) hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." Jesus came into this world as man (the Son of Man) so that man could become born again of the Word and the Spirit and become (Sons of God). Jesus became sin for us, so that we could become the righteousness of God in Him (in Christ).
In John 8:11 it says, "Jesus said unto her (the woman), Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." Jesus did not come to condemn the woman taken in the act of adultery. He came that she could have life, and live forever in eternity. But this could not happen if she would continue in sin. Therefore, Jesus said to her, "...go, and sin no more."
Then Jesus said to those around Him, "...I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (John 8:12). Following that, Jesus said in John 8:15-18 "Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man...And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me...It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true...I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me." Jesus did not judge according to the Law of Moses or according to the knowledge of good and evil. Jesus received His information from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the Blood of Jesus agreed with what Jesus said and did.
Jesus mentioned of the Law of Moses that required the witness of two or three men before anyone could be put to death. Yet, Jesus did not go by the witness of two or three men. Jesus taught "the way of righteousness." Jesus was teaching according to the New Covenant while still living under the Law of Moses.
In the New Covenant, the Law of Moses is no longer used, neither is the witness of two or three men (1 John 5:8,9). This is important for Christians to understand today. We do not go by the witness of two or three men. We only go by the three witnesses given in the New Covenant. They are "the Holy Spirit, the written Word of God, and the Blood of Jesus." When Christians learn that they should not do anything unless they are led by the Holy Spirit, then the will of God will be done here on earth as it is in heaven.
It seems that the Law of Moses was so strong in the minds of the Jewish nation when Jesus came, they were always looking at "who sinned?" In John 9:1,2 it says, "And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth...And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" Here it was Jesus' disciples that asked Jesus "...who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?"
These disciples of Jesus were not asking to tempt Jesus. They were taught the Law of Moses according to what the Pharisees and Sadducees were teaching. They did not know what Jesus knew. Therefore, it says in John 9:3,4, "Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him...I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work."
That man was not born blind because he, or his parents sinned. His blindness was a work of the Devil. Jesus came to destroy the works of the Devil (1 John 3:8).
Through the knowledge of good and evil, man tries to justify himself and blame others for what the Devil does. The Devil is "the god of this world" (2 Cor. 4:4). As "a god," the Devil has the power to inflect infirmities, sickness, and diseases upon children even before they are born into this world. While they are still in the mother's womb, the Devil can cause deformities of the flesh, and mental illness in the brain. (This does not mean that the child does not have any understanding or ability). What it is, is that the physical body of the child prevents the living soul from communicating with others.
Many Christians have been deceived by the works of the Devil, and have tried to figure out who is to blame for the deformities, sickness, and diseases of children before they are fully born into this world. This is judging after the flesh, according to the knowledge of good and evil.
In answering His disciples question, Jesus said, "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work...As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world" (John 9:4,5). The work that the Father sent Jesus into this world to do included destroying the works of the Devil. In John 9:6,7 it says "When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay...And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing." The way that Jesus did this was the way the Holy Spirit led Him. Jesus always did things the way the Holy Spirit led Him.
In Acts 10:38 it says, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."
Jesus was setting an example for Christians (how they should live in the Spirit, and not walk after the flesh). By example, Jesus was showing everyone who is born again how to live in this world.
There is a major difference between the way the Children of Israel lived before Jesus came and the way Christians are to live after they are born again of the Word and the Spirit.
There are three witnesses that Christians have been given to know what is of God and what is of man? These three are mentioned in 1 John 5:8, where it says, "And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water (Word), and the blood: and these three agree in one." It says, "And there are three that bear witness in earth..." God does not give us any more than three, or any less than three. It says there are "three." Christians must learn to live according to the witness of the Holy Spirit, the written Word, and the Blood of Jesus. What Jesus was teaching His disciples, He taught them by example, (by living by the witness of the Holy Spirit, the written Word, and the Blood).
In the case of the woman taken in the act of adultery and the man born blind, Jesus knew the power of the blood to cleanse us from all sin. Therefore, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit to come against the Devil, who sinned from the beginning. The Devil is the one that tries to get people to live according to the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:9,16-17; 3:1-6,17).
The Law of Moses only explained the law of sin and death that came in the garden of Eden. The Law of Moses was only a schoolmaster to teach the Children of Israel until Jesus came and set them free of the law of sin and death, which came in the garden of Eden (Gal. 3:11-26).
Now that Christians are born again of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, we are to take authority over the works of the Devil and set people free. In 2 Corinthians 5:3-5 it says, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh...(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)...Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." Christians are one Spirit with Christ (being we are His body here on earth). We have the same anointing of the Holy Spirit as Jesus had once we receive the Holy Spirit as Jesus received the Holy Spirit (at about the age of thirty). It is the anointing of the Holy Spirit within us that destroys the works of the Devil.
When Jesus went about destroying the works of the Devil, He know that (in eternity, everything was declared as already finished from the foundation of the world). What God had declared cannot be changed.
Jesus knew that the blood of Jesus was shed from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8). Jesus knew that God had already given authority to man to have power over the works of the Devil from the foundation of the world. All Jesus needed to do was to walk in the power of the anointing that was upon Him.
Notice what it says in Matthew 10:1. It says, "And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease." How could Jesus give His disciples that power when they were not born again, and not baptized in the Holy Spirit?
Jesus opened their understanding to the power they already had under the Old Covenant. Jesus taught them who He was by example, and by being led by the Holy Spirit. Seven of the nine gifts of the Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, operated in the Old Covenant. Jesus, and the disciples could operate in "the gifts of faith, gifts of healing, and working of miracles." Out of all the gifts of the Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:1-7, the only ones that did not operate in the Old Covenant were "tongues, and interpretation of tongues."
Mostly, what Jesus taught His disciples was "faith." When Jesus' disciples believed what He was teaching them, they found that "the written Word works." The Holy Spirit confirms the written Word with signs following.
In Luke, Chapter Ten, Jesus has sent out seventy other disciples. In Luke 10:9 it says, Jesus told them to "...heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you." Luke 10:17 says, "And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name." The devils knew who Jesus was. They also knew the power of using His name against them.
Jesus said to His disciples, "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." By this, Jesus' disciple found that they could use the name of Jesus against the demons.
What the disciples of Jesus learned, Christians can also learn from what is written in the four gospels. What Jesus taught them, is written for our learning also.
To understand how Jesus could do what He did, we must understand that God is the Creator of all things. God is righteous in everything He does. Satan had his time in heaven. Satan rebelled against God, and he did not repent. Therefore, He was cast out of the third heavens, down to the earth for his sin. Satan became the author of sin, being he sinned from the beginning (John 12:44, 1 John 3:8).
Being that there is no time in eternity (no days, months, or years), God operates in the now, according to His ability. The Holy Spirit is the anointing, and God determines who will operate by the anointing, without respect of persons. God will use whomsoever He desires. God can use little children, boys and girls, men and women, older adults, and young adults, any nationality, or color of skin. God does things according to His wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
Jesus did not go against anything that God had not made known to Satan and his demons from the beginning. The Devil knew who Jesus was. The demons knew who Jesus was. In Mark 1:22,23, it says, "And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out...Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God." Many times, demons said they knew who Jesus was.
The main thing about what Jesus did was that "He was led by the Holy Spirit" in everything He did. This is the main thing that Christians need to learn and understand. We must be "led by the Holy Spirit," in everything we do. The Holy Spirit has been given to us to help, guide, comfort, lead, and teach us all things. If we are not led by the Holy Spirit, then there is another spirit in operation, which should not be allowed to operate in the life of a Christian.
One of the things Christians need the most is wisdom. Wisdom only comes from God. Man has knowledge, but knowledge without wisdom can destroy man. The knowledge of good and evil is a work of the Devil in the lives of individuals. But, wisdom comes from God.
In James 1:5 it tells us, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." Wisdom does not come by knowledge, it comes from God, by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Many believe because they have great knowledge of the written Word, they have wisdom. This is not so, for wisdom only comes from God, not from knowledge.
The knowledge that we need to do the works that God has called us to do comes from God. So does the wisdom on what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. It all comes from God, not from man, and not from the Devil.
There are times when the Holy Spirit will give someone "a word of knowledge," or "a word of wisdom," so they can operate in the anointing at that time for that purpose. The word of wisdom or word of knowledge is not given because someone is special. It is given because God is God and is anointing someone at that time to give them the power to destroy the works of the Devil.
Jesus was given "a word of wisdom" many times while He was ministering under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was also given "a word of knowledge" many times while He was ministering under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
These are gifts of the Holy Spirit which the Holy Spirit operates through people according to His will, not the will of men (1 Cor. 12:7-11). Anyone can be given (by the Holy Spirit) "a word of wisdom" or "a word of knowledge" at any time the Holy Spirit so desires. These gifts of the Holy Spirit operated all throughout the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament. These are always according to the will of the Holy Spirit, and not according to the will of man.
God is a personal GOD. God desires to dwell in each individual person Himself. God wants to be in control of everything we do in this life and in eternity to come. God is for us, not against us.
Just as God was in Jesus, reconciling the world unto Himself, He wants to be in every individual person who will receive Jesus as their LORD and Savior. Because that God is Love and does not force anyone to do anything, each person individually must receive the LORD themselves.
The Bible says, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God..." Do what the Bible says. "Believe in your heart" and pray:
"LORD Jesus, I know that You are the Son of God. I know that You died on the cross for me. I know that God raised You from the dead.
Jesus, forgive me of all my sins, wash me clean in Your blood; that I may be the righteousness of God in You. Thank You, Jesus!
Jesus, I ask You to come into my life? Live Your life in me! Let Your will be done in me! Let the will of God be done in my life as it was in Your life. I surrender my life to You, Jesus!
You lead me by Your Spirit and I will follow to the best of my ability. I will live for You all the days of my life, as You lead me by Your Spirit.
I receive You now, as my LORD, and SAVIOR for all eternity. I will be with You here on earth, and I will be with You in heaven, forever and ever. I will give You all the Glory. It is for You that I will live forever. Amen."
From this day forward, study the Bible daily, and become a doer of the Word of God, not just a hearer only.
In Mark 16:16,17, Jesus said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned...And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues..." If you have not been baptized with the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, pray a prayer while believing in your heart on what God has promised you in His Word.
"LORD Jesus, You said in Mark 16:17, that in Your name I can cast out devils.
Satan, in the name of Jesus' I cast you out of my mind. You have no authority over my mind. My mind is clear of all demonic oppression in Jesus' name.
Father, according to Your Word in Luke 11:13, You promised me the Holy Spirit if I ask. Father, I am now asking You to give me the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in Your heavenly language. I receive Him from You now, in Jesus' name."
Continue to pray in the Spirit every day. Place God first in your life and live for God every day.
It is our desire to see God manifest in your life by His love working in you and through you. We love the LORD our God, for He is love and He will manifest His love in the lives of those who love Him.
This is the second of a series of Mini-books on "The Anointing." These Mini-books will help you to receive from God all that God has promised us in His Word.
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