The anointing of God is the power of the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is the rule or the reign, the sovereign presence of God. God’s kingdom is dynamic not geographical. Many would argue about this because of the excesses taught about the kingdom of God, so we have to redress some of those excesses. One well-known teacher says that we are not to talk about the kingdom and that Paul never talked about the kingdom. Well, in the Acts of the Apostles Paul speaks from beginning to end about preaching the power and the healing of God and the kingdom of God. Jesus spent the time between his resurrection and ascension speaking with his disciples about the kingdom. He said the gospel of the kingdom would be preached throughout all nations and then he would come again. The thing that manifests the kingdom is the anointing of God.
Matthew 12 v. 28
If I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Luke 11 v.20
If I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.
God’s kingdom is manifest by the effective out-working of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. This anointing is the counter-movement of God against every principality and power, against every secular and rational thought, taking every thought captive in obedience to the name of Jesus, against every satanic machination. It is the intrusion of God’s reality and power into the here and now. The kingdom of God is in the midst of us. We always say it is within us because the Holy Spirit is within us, but it says that it is in the midst of us. There are of course different dimensions of the kingdom – it is now, but it is not yet. There are many dimensions that will not be realised until Jesus Christ comes again in glory. Biblically, we do not establish the kingdom. Jesus is the King, so he is the governor of the kingdom and it belongs completely to him. It will not be manifested in it’s fullness until he comes to reign and we will reign with him.
But there is a “now” element to it as Graham Kendrick picked up ; “The powers of the age to come are breaking through.” Christians in the anointing of the Spirit do not take their motivation from the past but from who is ahead of them – the King! He dwells in eternity, not in time, so he is pouring the powers of eternity into the limitations of time. Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, is taking the power of what is to come and releasing it into what is. It is the anointing of the Holy Spirit that brings that release. The eternal Spirit who dwells in us, who dwelled in Jesus is the one who ministers in us and the connection between the grandeur of eternity and now is this eternal Spirit who can flow between both. He is the only person of the deity who today can do that. The Father and Son are both in Glory and the Son will stay there until he comes again and breaks through in splendour in to this world. My father used to explain it like this;
“Then we shall be where we should be:
Then we will be what we would be:
That which is not now nor could be:
Then shall be our own.”
There is another dimension of reality. Like on my computer. You press a button and a window appears somewhere, so you spend the rest of the day trying to get rid of it. People treat the Holy Spirit like that. He brings in a new window, a new dimension into their experience, so they spend their lives trying to get rid of it while the rest of us want to press the next button and get further in!
Let us look at Matthew’s version of Simon Peter’s revelation of Jesus as Christ;
Matthew 16 v. 16-19
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
This is a much maligned and misunderstood scripture. From the Greek we know that the text should read;
That which is already bound in heaven, you will bind on earth; that which is already loosed in heaven, you will loose on earth.
I think that makes complete sense that in the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit we are doing in the “now” is what God has already made real in the “what will be”. When Jesus says “I will give you the keys of the kingdom” he is actually saying that what he has in himself, he will pass on to his agents on earth so that there is an opening between what is and what will be. The key to this scripture is the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
What we are going to look at is the Ministry of Jesus and the Anointing and Ministry of Jesus. When you look at the gospels Jesus operates time and again in the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us go back to Luke 4 where we will notice 6 points, 6 characteristics, 6 features of the ministry of Jesus as he operated in this anointing of the kingdom of God. He did not come to establish a geographical kingdom but to release the power of a new reality. It is God’s desire that we should operate in the reality of what God lives in. The Church is the servant of the Kingdom. What should be happening within the body of Christ should be manifesting the principles of this new reality. The Church is not the most important thing, it is a servant. The power that comes from the heart of God was there before the church and the church was brought into being to manifest the principles of the greater life, that which comes from God. The effectual principle is the anointing of the Holy Spirit, as we see in Jesus time and time again.
Let us look again at Luke 4. Luke’s gospel could be described as the Charismatic Gospel because the thing that operates in this gospel is the principle of the Holy Spirit, the anointing of the Spirit. Luke’s gospel hangs together with the Acts of the Apostles as one writing. Luke’s gospel is really the first chapter of the Acts of the Holy Spirit in Jesus and the Acts of the Apostles is really the second chapter of the Acts of the Holy Spirit in the Church. Chapter 2 would be a reflection of chapter 1 in so much as the things that happened in power and anointing through Jesus now come to birth in the experience of the body of Jesus Christ, the Church. Throughout Luke’s gospel the work of the Holy Spirit is mentioned to a degree absent in the other gospels. In the first two chapters of Luke’s gospel we see the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit surrounding the birth of Jesus. A baby is born by the power of the Spirit, old men have dreams and so on. It is the gospel of the work of the Holy Spirit and emphasises that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, which modern theologians do not like at all. Luke is saying that if you want to be acting like the Son of God, then primarily you need to be born of the Spirit. A little bit further on we meet with John the Baptist whose life and spiritual birth interleaf with the birth of Jesus in an amazing way. It is promised by the Holy Spirit that miraculous things would happen with his birth just as with Jesus. John goes out preaching the preparation of the kingdom, “the voice of one crying in the wilderness”. Then Jesus comes and then he is baptised in the water and also baptised in the Spirit. As he comes up out of the Jordan the heavens open and the Holy Spirit comes down like a dove in bodily form and the voice says that Jesus is clothed with the power of the Holy Spirit.
In Luke 3 you get all the genealogy, having shown that Jesus was born of God he then goes on to show how this genealogy further reinforcing that this man came from God. In the next chapter we see how he does battle in the Spirit, as he was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. We all know about the temptation and the battle there but we never blame the Holy Spirit for leading us to satan, do we? James says;
James 1 v. 13
Let no man say when he is tempted that he is tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither does he tempt any man.
God puts you to the test but God does not tempt you. Here the Holy Spirit leads Jesus directly satan. Paul says that satan had encountered every man since Adam and had conquered each of them. This is a special man whom God has baptised and is full of the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit leads him out and satan tries his best. This man is different. Satan could do nothing to him, so he left him alone. If satan had horns, he got them broken! If he had a tail, he got it broken off! He met the greatest one who ever came in the power of the anointing. This was an announcement of the kingdom of darkness because their days were numbered.
1 Corinthians 15 v. 45-47
So it is written: “The first Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was from the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven.
The fact is that Jesus was born of the Spirit, baptised in the Spirit, battled in the Spirit and brought blessing in the Spirit.
Luke 4 v.18
The Spirit of the Lord is upon is upon me…
Throughout Luke the Holy Spirit is blessing people. He does good and heals all who were sick and freeing all those who are under the bondage of the devil. The clear inference at the end is that we too have been clothed with power from on high;
Like 24 v. 49
I am going to send you what my Father has promised, but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.
It all starts with Jesus being born in power, being baptised in power, doing battle in power and continues with Jesus operating in power. Luke ends his gospel saying that we get it as well because the anointing that was in him was going to be in us too. That is the principle.