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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Monday, July 02, 2007

Anointing

Psalm 133:2, "It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard,..."

1 John 2:20,"... but you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.

1 John 2:27,"... 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."

This passage defines what is referred to as the Ministry of Illumination, that being the Holy Spirit's enablement of the believer to recognize, understand and discern spiritual truth. The word used for anointing occurs only in these two verses and refers to the substance used, the unguent or ointment.

There is just cause for humility and self-judgment: when by nature we see around us those utterly unable to judge rightly either of God or of themselves. They have a mind which is so corrupt that it produces nothing but disorder in the whole of their life. How diligently should we pay heed to the word of the great Physician, "I counsel thee to buy of Me . . . eye salve, that thou mayst see" (Rev. 3:18). We must seek from Him that enlightening of His Spirit, through the Word, for this is that "anointing" which "teaches us all things". "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. But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes , the deep things of God....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. Those things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches: but which the Holy Spirit teaches combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words...but he who is spiritual judges (appraises) all things." The doctrine of illumination is further emphasized in this passage from 1 Corinthians 2:9-15, understanding comes through the diligent study of the Word of God and the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit in revealing truth. Revelation from scripture is to be understood by all, but is not necessarily given without intent by God to exercise the believer in exhaustive, discursive exposition and study.
Acts 17:11,12 speaks of the Bereans saying,"...these were more fair-minded (having moral eminence and freedom from anything petty, mean or dubious in character and conduct) ...in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed..."

Isaiah 40:13,14,"Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has taught Him? With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him the path of justice? Who taught Him knowledge, and showed Him the way of understanding?" The only truth to be revealed is that which God has in His possession.

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