A buzz word which has been going around for several years is the word “anointed”, which is generally used with such phrases as, “I felt the anointing”, or “he/she is anointed to preach the word”, and other such terms. Generally when this term is used, it is to imply a “special” anointing being poured out upon certain individuals. We are being told that you too can have this “special anointing” if you will exercise the truths of God’s word in the same manner as those who have received this “special anointing” of God.
First, let’s take a look at the word “anointed” and see if there is a special anointing or not. In the Old Testament, the word anointed means to apply oil on one’s body as a symbol that God has chosen that person for a service unto the Lord. This person has been consecrated unto the Lord. The word consecrated means to be set apart, endowed with the power of God to perform that service. It also means to be pronounced clean, holy and pure. Although mere man is sinful, it is God who consecrates, and that is why it is recorded in Psalms 105:15, “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm”. These were men who God had anointed and consecrated for His service.
Today we hear many self-appointed prophets using this verse in an effort to exalt themselves as being in a special class of “God’s anointed” and that no one dare question what they teach. This is a very dangerous position to put oneself in, to believe there are those who have a special anointing or an extra measure of the Holy Spirit. The Prophet Joel said, “in those days will I pour out my spirit upon all flesh.” (Joel 2:29) We see that this happened on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:16-18) and has continued up to the present time. God poured out His spirit on all flesh, and all that receive Jesus into their hearts have been baptized with the Holy Ghost and with fire. (Matthew 3:11 and Mark 1:8) Those who have been baptized with Jesus have been born again, meaning filled with the power and the life of the Holy Spirit and have become new creatures.
Yes, God does appoint and place different members in various places in the church body according to each individual talent, but nowhere in the Bible does it even suggest a “special anointing” or an “extra measure of the Holy Spirit” to a select few in the body of Christ. There will always be those who wish to feel special or superior over others and Christians are not exempt. This teaching appeals to our corrupt nature of “the pride of life” (1 John 2:16) which all of us must be on guard against. Jesus teaches a life of servitude and esteeming one another as better than ourselves. (Philippians 2:3)
In the Old Testament, the anointed priests and prophets were the temporary representatives of God providing forgiveness of the sins of the people until the time of our High Priest Jesus Christ would provided permanent forgiveness of our sins on the cross. The priests and prophets were declared clean, holy and pure because God said they were. Jesus is clean, holy and pure, and those who are in him are declared clean, holy and pure, because God says we are. (Romans 4:2-8 Philippians 3:9 Hebrews 9:12)
“And then there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean”. (Mark 1: 40-41) “What God has cleansed, do not call unclean.” (paraphrased Acts 10:15)
So who are the anointed today? “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” (1 John 2:27) “Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God”. (2 Corinthians 1:21) “Touch not my anointed”, that is, all who have received Jesus into their hearts. This should serve as a warning to those who pervert the word of God to feed their own pride and desire to rise above the anointed of God, which ironically, usually are those who tout this phrase the most often. Most sincere preachers of God’s word would never be bold enough to declare themselves as infallible, but are humble enough to understand the depravity of all men.
Isn’t God great, for He declares all whose sins are washed away by the blood of the Lamb as being equal in His eyes. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)