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By : Lonnie Branam [ Sermon God's Anointment of Christians ]

Lonnie Branam
In I John 2:27 scripture says, “But 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.“ In v. 20 the apostle says, “You have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.” The Old King James version says, “You have an unction from the Holy One...” The word unction and anointing mean the same thing. The Greek word Chrisma means, “anything smeared on, an ointment, anything that soothes or comforts. Thus one could be anointed as in medical treatment or one might be anointed with oil in a religious ceremony. This is a famous word in the Bible and has different names in different languages. The word Messiah is a Hebrew word and means the Christos is a Greek word and means the anointed one. Christos, wen transferred into English, becomes Christ. The world has given the name Christ to Jesus as a part of His personal name, but it is really His title not his name. The words Jesus Christ means Jesus, "the anointed one." ointed ” The practice of anointing played a very important part in the Old Testament religion. A holy anointing oil was used in the religious services of the Jews. Much use was made of this ointment in the various ceremonies of the Jews. There was a special ointment prepared just for religious purposes. The ingredients of which it was composed and the manner of preparing it were given to Moses by Jehovah. It was called “the holy anointing oil.” The people were forbidden to make anything like it for common use. One special use of anointing with oil was for consecration or setting persons apart for some important or holy office. The king was anointed when he entered upon his office, and this signified that God has chosen him. He enjoyed a special relationship with God. Samuel anointed Saul the first king of Israel. Elijah anointed Elisha to be prophet. Moses was commanded to anoint Aaron and his sons for the priest's office. Besides persons, things also that were used in the service and worship of God were anointed.. Thus to be anointed in the Old Testament religion signified special honor and favor and relationship to God. t was used to consecrate people to the service of God. It is interesting and comforting that the apostle John informs us that Christians have received an anointing from Christ, and that is our chief interest in this message.

Before we discuss the Christian anointing, let's consider a very erious problem in the first century that caused the apostle to remind them of One. In v. 18 he says, “As you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. The Antichrist differs from the many antichristes. The Antichrist was a certain individual, a powerful religious leader. He had not yet appeared, but the readers of John's letter were already in possession of information regarding this man who would lead the church into an apostasy and a falling away from the truth. The word anti means over against or opposed to. It refers to a great personal opponent to the personal Christ He would sit in the church and take the place of Christ. I am not going to say anymore about the Antichrist than to read to you from Guy Woods' commentary on I John 2. He was mighty in the scriptures and was considered probably the greatest thinker in our brotherhood. He said this about the Antichrist, “To the candid mind the conclusion is irresistable that “man of sin” whom Paul describes, is identical with the Antichrist to which John refers. And, in the centuries which have passed since these words were penned, no character in history so nearly conforms in minute detail to the representation here give as the Pope of Rome. To deny that these prophecies find fulfillment in him is to close eyes to the facts in the case and utterly ignore the evidence which obtain. I agree with this geat Bible scholar and other preachers.

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