5. I believe we need to see the gifts of the Holy Spirit as part of the anointing of God.
That is part of our problem. We could easily want the gifts of the Holy Spirit to satisfy our own ego, but that is not what they are for. They are to manifest the anointing. They are for the purpose of fulfilling the will of God. They are for doing what the anointing does – countermanding every process and spiritual move of the devil. That is why the anointing comes. You can have gifts without the anointing. You may ask me to prove that. Well, I live in it. We have people around us who were satanists and had great trouble speaking in tongues and I had great difficulty convincing them that tongues belong to God because in satan-worship they regularly use tongues. You can have gifts like that, that sound like that, without the anointing of God.
I Cor. 12 v. 1
“By whatever spirit you were moved..”
Paul is saying that they were certainly moved by a spirit but it was not the Spirit of God.He then goes on to expound the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
I Cor. 12 v.4-7
“There are different kinds of spirits, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.”
That is where the anointing comes from. From God the Father through Jesus by the Spirit. Jesus received the anointing and He pours it out through the Holy Spirit to us. That is tremendous!
There is something beyond the gifts of the Spirit: there are the ministries of the Spirit.
Eph. 4 v. 10-11
“He that descended is the same also as He that ascended up far above the heavens that He might fill all things. And He gave some, apostles; some, prophets; some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;”
Which one are you? All of these anointings of ministry were manifested in the Anointed One.
Jesus was apostolic;
Heb. 3 v. 1
“Therefore holy brothers who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. He was faithful to the one who appointed Him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house.”
That is the nature of apostolic ministry; you are appointed and anointed and it calls for faithfulness.
Jesus was prophetic;
Lu. 4 v. 24
“I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his own town.”
The clear implication here is that He was saying He was a prophet and was not accepted. You can see in the Gospels that He was prophetic – He said all sorts of things prophetically.
Jesus was an evangelist;
Lu. 4 v. 18
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour”
Ro. 10 v. 15
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news!”
Jesus was the Good Shepherd of the sheep;
John 10 v. 14
“I am the good shepherd: I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
I Pet. 5 v. 4
“And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”
Jesus was a teacher;
Matt. 9 v. 35
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages teaching in their synagogues.”
Is it not wonderful that these five-fold ministries are already activated in this one Jesus. It is no wonder that He comes to distribute them – He has lived in them! Everything that Jesus dispenses into the body to make it function for maturity, He was in Himself. Jesus had them all. What an anointing! It gives me hope that some of us might have more than just one.
To round this off, let’s now turn to Proverbs. Unfortunately the N.I.V. is totally inadequate here;
Prov. 20 v. 27 (N.I.V.)
“The lamp of the Lord searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.”
The Hebrew says something different, and the King James Version gets it right;
Prov. 20 v. 27 (K.J.V.)
“The spirit of a man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.”
Where do we get anointed? In the lamp.
Where is the lamp? My spirit.
What is my spirit? The lamp of the Lord.
What does it do? It sheds light through every hidden recess of my being.
What is the outcome? Out of my innermost being flows the flood; a living being; the living water; the light of the world; the anointing of Jesus.
He is the Anointed One who anoints us in the power of God. Hallelujah!