Does the anointing of God come and go? Do we need to get anointed by a man of God that has a special anointing?
This teaching is meant address misunderstandings about Holy Spirit, His presence, Holy Spirit “gifts”, do we have all of the Holy Spirit and 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 (Exodus 29:7; Exodus 40:9; 2 Kings 9:6; Ecclesiastes 9:8; James 5:14). 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 and normally a point of contact to release our faith.
One of the many examples given about the Spirit coming and going is that of Samson and the prophets of the Old Testament. The following Old Testament Scriptures state:
Judges 13:25 And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol
The key here is that God’s Spirit only moved Samson at times.
1 Samuel 10:9-10 (talking about prophets)
And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day. And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.
Note again that the Spirit was not always with Saul, but came upon him at times. The Jews of the Old Testament did not have the fullness of the Holy Spirit, and they could not voluntarily get God’s Spirit whenever they wanted. They had to wait for the Spirit to come onto them. This is similar to what some Christians may call “the anointing” or “being lead by the Spirit”.
Therefore, some people say, though God’s Spirit can lead us, God can also lift His Spirit from us.
1 Samuel 16:14
But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.
Please look at these Old Testament Scriptures to learn about God’s Spirit, presence and anointing relating to the Old Testament Jews: Job 33:4, Psalms 104:30, Psalms 139:7-16, Psalms 143:10, Ezekiel 36:26-27, Joel 2:28-29, Micah 3:8.
It is easy to look at scriptures that relate to the Old Testament Jews, however they have no relation to Christians. Christians live under the New Covenant, following Jesus Christ, both Jew and Gentile. Unless you were first a Jew, you never were under the Old Testament. These Scriptures teach us very little about the Holy Spirit, presence, and anointing in relation to Christians.
The following text continues into the New Testament (strictly still Old Covenant because Jesus is yet to die on the cross here) with Matthew 3:16 and says the Spirit is seen in physical form: “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.”
The Bible clearly says the Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove, referring symbolically to a dove.
When you contrast these Old Testament Scriptures with New Testament texts about God’s Spirit, anointing and presence we can see how this differs from common church teachings.
First, Jesus Christ promises the Holy Spirit:
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither know him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.
Romans 8: 9-11 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 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.
Romans 8:14-17 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
From just using a few verses in Romans 8, we can see that under the New Covenant the Spirit of God dwells in us, as opposed to being upon the Jews as in the Old Testament. Verse 14 says that as many as are led by the Spirit are the sons of God, and the very next verse says that we have received the Spirit of God and became children of God.
1 Corinthians 2:9-16 But as it is written: “EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NOR HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD THAT HE MAY INSTRUCT HIM?” But we have the mind of Christ.
Again note that we have received the Spirit of God, He is now in us and no longer comes upon us or “visits”.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1 John 4:15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
So the Spirit of God dwells inside the spirit of Christians. How then can we wait for an “anointing” like the prophets of old, who did not have the Spirit of God in them? What more “leading” do we need other than the Great Commission (Matthew 28 and Mark 16) and the Spirit of God?
The teaching that says that Christians should not do anything until they get a leading from God is detrimental to God’s Kingdom. God already gave us His Spirit, we know His heart, we have the Bible to lead us. What more do we need?
Regarding 1 Corinthians 12 which speaks about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Firstly in most bible translations the word gift is in italics which means it is not in the original language. So it should read “concerning spiritual” and not “concerning spiritual gifts“. The Holy Spirit operates the “gifts” through us as He wills and as we allow Him to use us. Are you wanting and desiring to have the gifts operate through you?
So we do NOT need a man of God to lay hands on us to receive the “gifts” of the Holy Spirit. We have the Holy Spirit who is God and we have all of Him and He operates the “gifts”.
Nowhere in the NT Testament do we see hands being laid on to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said if you drink the water He gives, you will NEVER thirst again. You will never hunger or thirst. There is a difference between thirsting/ hungering and zeal. Thirsting keeps you waiting….Zeal gets you busy doing the Fathers will. If you thirst, you will be filled (no longer thirsting).
Do not follow signs. Let the signs follow you.
To know the will of God, read the Bible. To be led by the Spirit, DO the Bible.
All born again spirit filled Christians have God’s Spirit in them (Acts 15:8-9)
God’s Spirit, presence or anointing doesn’t come and go, but is constantly in Christians, forever (John 14:16-17)
Don’t wait for God’s “anointing”, you ARE God’s anointed
We have ALL of the Holy Spirit and not just a piece. He is God after all and so how can you get just a part of God.
The same supernatural power that raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you (Romans 8:11) all the time. He is ready all the time 24 X 7.
You can think of anointing like being appointed into a position. We have been given the position of sons and daughters of the Most High God and we have all that we need to be sons and daughters to represent Him and Jesus on this earth via the power and authority in the Name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. You are appointed once just like Saul and all the other men and women of God.
So to answer our initial questions, NO we do not need a special man of god to pray for us to receive as special anointing. NO the anointing does not come and go. It does not matter whether you feel anointed or not. You ARE anointed/appointed to be children of God and you have the power of the Holy Spirit at your disposal all the time. All the gifts are available to a believer as the worker of the gifts is the Holy Spirit.
I hope the above helps all the saints to move out in faith to fulfill the Great Commission. What Jesus asked us to do, He provided all that we needed in the new birth. We do not need anything else. Yes we will grow in the fruit of the Spirit, in love, faith and mature but as newborn babies have everything that we need.