Volume 45

E. Michal Gayer
November 2013 – Volume 45

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“.the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” (I John 2:27)

Three Kinds of Anointing

Author, Teacher and Evangelist E. Michal Gayer

As we study the anointing and power of God it may be helpful to examine briefly several kinds of anointing spoken of in the Word of God. A thorough study of the Bible reveals that there are three main areas of anointing that people may experience. They are the believer’s anointing, the ministerial anointing or the anointing for service, and the corporate anointing upon a group of believers. Let’s begin with the believer’s anointing.

If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, the Bible tells us that you have an anointing, which abides or remains in you.  I John 2 verses 20 and 27 acknowledges this when it states in reference to all believers, “…you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things…(and)…the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”

The believer’s anointing is the anointing within. It is the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit, which occurs at the time of the New Birth.  The believer’s anointing was not manifest in the Old Testament. The Old Testament anointings were anointings, which came upon certain people to accomplish specific things ordained by God. The inward believer’s anointing is obtained through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. It functions primarily to enable a person to grow from faith to faith (Romans 1:17), from grace to grace (John 1:16) and from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).

When we were born again we all received the measure of faith (Romans 12:3). We also received a salvation measure of grace (Ephesians.3:7) and a measure of the glory of God (2 Corinthians 3:18).  As we mature and grow in things spiritual, we are as 2 Corinthian 3:18 states, “…with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord…being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” This transforming is a major work of the Spirit, the “anointing within” believers. It is a life-long process of growth empowered by the Holy Spirit as the believer applies himself to the things of God to grow in faith.

The “anointing within” is of extreme importance. As the anointing for personal spiritual growth, it enables a believer to grow more and more into the image of Jesus Christ. This anointing, the “believer’s anointing”, is the anointing upon which all other anointings are built. Another anointing available to believers is the “ministerial anointing” or the “anointing for service”.  The ministry anointing is an anointing that comes upon a believer who already has the “believer’s anointing within” thus enduing that person with power from on High and preparing him for service (Acts 1:8). The baptism in the Holy Spirit is an entry-level experience of this anointing.
After a person receives this baptism of power from God, the timing and course of the service they are called into will depend largely upon that person’s level of dedication and consecration as well as the will of God for their life.  When you consistently consecrate your time, talent, finances, your “all” to God and when you are determined to live your life pleasing Him, then the potential to receive the ministerial anointing exists. The “ministerial anointing” comes upon a person to enable that individual to fulfill the specific call God has placed on their life. When God calls someone to service, He anoints that individual thus providing the empowerment to accomplish whatever He has asked that person to do.

The “corporate anointing” is the anointing that “falls upon” a group of believers. When believers are gathered in harmony with each other, earnestly seeking God, the potential to receive a “corporate anointing” exists. It may come slowly upon the group, coming first upon one person than another, or it may fall suddenly upon the entire group. Generally, when the anointing comes upon the entire group, we speak of an “outpouring of the Holy Spirit” upon them.

Whether an outpouring will occur or not depends on many factors some of which include, the purpose of the meeting, spiritual unity among participants, the fervent seeking of God, a stirring of faith, freedom to operate under the power of the Holy Spirit and similar response factors. When an “outpouring” does occur, people sometimes talk about experiencing the “glory of God”, His manifest presence, character, and attributes. Remember, God exists in the three Persons of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet at the same time, He is only one God. God the Father is God. Jesus the Son is God. The Holy Spirit is God. The glory of God exists in each of the three persons of the Trinity.

Where God’s glory is present, so is His power and where His power is present, so is His glory. We catch a glimpse of this in Romans 6:4-5 which refers to the glory of God as raising Jesus from the dead. It reads, “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”  And Romans 8:11 refers to the Holy Spirit as the one who raised Jesus from the dead as it reads, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” The power of the Holy Spirit, which raised Jesus from the dead is equated with the glory of God the Father. All three Persons of the Trinity express the personal attributes and power of God. When the Holy Spirit moves upon a group of believers, God’s glory and power are present in that corporate anointing.

Although by faith we acknowledge the anointing of God upon a believer’s life at all times, it is exciting and encouraging to experience His manifest presence through the anointing in its various forms. We will talk about this more in our next lesson. Stay happy in the Lord and powerful in doing the work He has set before you.