Anointed. The term has been hijacked somewhat. Frequently, when someone says that someone else is “anointed,” it’s meant to convey they are special. That they aren’t your average, run of the mill Christian, but they have some rare calling or unique gifting. Thus, they are “anointed.” But as I hover over something I read in 1John this morning, I’m reminded that, as believers, we are all anointed.
Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. (1John 2:18-20 ESV)
John is writing to the “children.” Not to some children but to all men and women who have become sons and daughters of God through faith in the finished work of the Son of God, Jesus the Messiah, on the cross. He is not addressing some elite group among them, but all of them. Every average Joe Christian, and every average Jane Christian.
He tells them that an antichrist presence is increasing in their world. That those who deny Jesus is the Christ, and those who deny the Father and the Son, are increasing in voice and influence. Even some from among their midst were “coming out” with such lies and heresy. But, says John, though “they left us, they were never really with us” (MSG). Those brought into the flock by God stay with the flock of God. Those who leave only reveal “their true colors” (MSG) showing they never really belonged. Because those who belong, those who remain, those who keep on keepin’ on, they are anointed.
Think about it, brother. Noodle on it, sister. Pause and know again that you have been anointed by the Holy One. That, literally, you have been “smeared” with a heaven sent endowment by God Himself of God Himself.
It’s not that the “special” are anointed, but that all are given a special anointing–that of the Holy Spirit.
Just as the Old Testament priests were inaugurated for service through the sprinkling of an aromatic oil over them, so too, we as a “holy priesthood” ready to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God (1Peter 2:5) . . . we as a “royal priesthood” chosen to proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1Peter 2:9) . . . so too, we have been poured out upon with a special anointing–that of God’s Spirit.
A special anointing, not just for special people, but for all who believe.
An anointing that brings us into all truth (John 16:13) . . . an anointing that marks us with the fragrance of Christ (2Cor. 2:15) . . . an anointing that seals us as His own until the promise is fully realized (Eph. 1:14).
An anointing not with some inert substance . . . not with some mystical force . . . but an anointing, a smearing, an enveloping with the Third Person of the Godhead–the Person of the Holy Spirit. He is the “personal” as in “personal relationship” with God. He’s the “in you” as in “Christ in you.” He is what makes it happen.
And you, brother in Christ . . . and you, sister in Christ . . . have been anointed by the Holy One.
So whaddya’ thing about that?!?
That by God’s grace we might know increasingly the reality of His divine dynamic upon us.
That by God’s grace we might carry boldly the aroma of God’s divine presence within us.
Anointed by God’s grace . . . Anointed for God’s glory.