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The Psalmist wrote, “My horn You have exalted like a wild ox; / I have been anointed with fresh oil.”
(Psalm 92:10). Similarly the author of Ecclesiastes urged that “your head lack no oil”. (Ecclesiastes 9:8)
David had 3 Anointings , the first taking place when Samuel, the judge and prophet, went to see Jesse and his sons in Bethlehem (1 Sam. 16). Samuel said in effect, “Show me your boys, Jesse.”
After looking at 7 of them, he said, “The Lord has not chosen any of these; have you any more?” So Jesse sent for the youngest, who was tending sheep.
When David arrived, the Lord said to Samuel, “Anoint him, for this is the one.” That was the first anointing.
The second came many years later, when David was anointed in Hebron as king of Judah (2 Sam. 2:4).
Seven and a half years later, he was anointed king over Israel (2 Sam. 5:3).
David’s first anointing, although directed by God, did not take him beyond slave status with king Saul.
His duties included playing the harp to keep the torment of demons from Saul.
The second one was followed by ugly conflict with the house of Saul after the king’s death.
Only after the third did David receive dominion and authority over all of Israel.
Then he left his headquarters at Hebron, took Mount Zion, and established rule over all Zion.
The point is just this: We will never reach the level of dominion and authority that God intends for us until we receive the third anointing – the kingly anointing.
In the same way, the apostles experienced three anointings.
The first came when Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22).
The second came when the Holy Spirit fell upon them on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2).
But an even greater anointing came as the power of the early church mounted dramatically.
A significant event in chapter 4 of Acts is often mistaken as simply a repetition of the day of Pentecost, but it is not.
It marks an increase in the miraculous power of the apostles’ witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Note Acts 4:31, following the disciples’ commitment to obey God and not men:
“And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”
The elders of Israel had threatened the apostles and said, “Preach in Christ’s name, and you’ll be in jail”.
The apostles stood their ground, and God sent a heavier anointing that produced a supernatural manifestation with the power to reach the world.
The place shook, they spoke with boldness, and multitudes were added.
And then comes Acts 5:12-14, which tells us that “through the hands of many apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people…and believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women”.
As for Peter the anointing was so strong in him that the people were healed when he passed by and his shadow fell on them (Acts 5:15).
Yes, the third anointing brought greater power in the lives of the apostles and the addition of many souls to the Kingdom.
That is exactly what we need today so the world can be saved.
Scripture reveals 3 Anointings of the Holy Spirit. Knowledge of them will help bring your potential as a Christian into focus:
1. The Leper’s Anointing:
First is the Leper’s Anointing.
Leviticus 14 teaches that the leper remained outside the camp and that the priest was to go out to him and apply the blood of the sacrifice, bring him into the camp, apply the blood again, and then apply oil, making “atonement for him before the Lord”.
Every born-again believer has experienced the leper’s anointing, which deals with salvation.
Leprosy in this case is a type of sin, incurable in the natural world, but curable by God.
Sin is the same; man can do nothing to remove it and its effects.
In the ceremonial cleansing of the Old Testament, the blood of the sacrificial animals was applied.
In the New Testament, we find that the only cure for sin, then and today, is the blood of Jesus Christ. The animal sacrifices of Leviticus merely looked forward to the perfect sacrifice of the Lamb of God. They were a shadow; Jesus was the substance.
In John 1:29, John the Baptist sees Jesus approaching and declares, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
To those who came to know Him, Jesus was that Lamb of God.
Jesus was the only sacrifice that would atone for the sin of the world.
In the ceremonial cleansing of Leviticus, the blood was applied, then the oil.
The application of the sacrificial blood is symbolic of the blood of Christ, while the application of the oil is symbolic of the touch and influence of the Holy Spirit upon a life.
Just as the blood of Jesus Christ flows out to all who calls upon His name, so the leper’s anointing crosses all national and denominational barriers.
For when everyone experiences the grace of Jesus Christ, it is the Holy Spirit who convicts him of sin and assures him of God’s forgiveness.
Thus it is that at salvation you experience the first anointing – the leper’s anointing – which reveals the power of the blood through the oil of anointing that pours over you.
2. The Priestly Anointing:
As a believer, cleansed through the precious blood of Christ, born-again and sealed by the Spirit, you can and should move to the second anointing: the priestly anointing.
Every member of the body of Christ should have a ministry, and this is the anointing for Ministry unto the Lord, including leading souls to Him.
For we are all priests of God, and as ministers to God, we must have the Power of the Spirit to do so.
And that means we are to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, which is the priestly anointing of the Holy Spirit upon us. Without it, we will accomplish little.
The priestly anointing is evidenced through unity in the Body of Christ as life in the Kingdom of God.
Not self-appointed bearers of this anointing who are lone wolves who think “their” callings and “their” ministries are so outstanding that they overlook the Body of Christ.
The actually overlook God.
When the genuinely priestly anointing has been experienced, there will be unity andharmony. Psalm 133: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments.”
There is no such thing as a private priestly anointing; it comes in oneness, in unity, as the church functions as one body.
On the day of Pentecost in the book of Acts, 120 people were together – in one accord – in the Upper Room, and the Holy Spirit came upon them with Fire and Power.
They went out from that room and ministered to the Lord, bearing witness to the crowds gathered there.
Three thousand were saved! What an anointing! God was clearly present.
This priestly anointing is not a one-time anointing, which the leper’s anointing is.
Under the old covenant, the priests were anointed with oil every day.
The same with you under the new covenant.
You need a daily anointing.
The Priestly anointing brings the Presence, the communion, the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and Revelation knowledge comes.
For in the leper’s anointing , we are introduced to God in an extraordinary and wonderful way and we see our total need for Jesus Christ. But we really don’t understand much more.
And the Bible tells us clearly that Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice.”
If you are truly one of His sheep and have received the priestly anointing, you will know His Presence and hear the gentle voice of God regularly.
It is not a one-time experience though, it must be renewed.
God sometimes will reveal incredible truths to you; at other times, He will just let you sense how much He loves you.
Perhaps He will correct or instruct you on a matter; perhaps He will cause a particular passage of Scripture to stand out while you are reading His Word.
Even though you may seldom or never hear an audible voice, He has many avenues through which to speak to you.
God’s regular communication does not depend on how loudly He speaks but upon how well you listen.
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Matthew 11:15 says.
You must take time each day to be quiet before the Lord so His still, small voice can be heard.
As you read the Bible, fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and listen, you will experience that daily refreshing that keeps your heart ablaze with love for the Master.
The leper’s anointing (salvation) is a one-time experience and cannot be lost unless you willfully walk away from it.
God will never let you go unless you let Him go.
This requires a decision that you would rather perish than be saved.
The Priestly anointing (the Presence), on the other hand, can be lost, for if sin comes into your heart it lifts.
That is why it must be renewed daily; it will bring you into the Presence of God.
3. The Kingly Anointing
Once you have experienced the Leper’s anointing and gone on to the Priestly anointing, do not stop there.
They are important and wonderful, but there’s more available.
Nothing can compare to the Kingly anointing, the most powerful of them all.
This lifts a person to a place of high Authority in God, giving him Authority over devils, the power to rout demons with one word, the Anointing to perform the Miraculous and flow in the Supernatural.
This Anointing allows you to flow effectively in the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit.
This Anointing will give you the Power to send the enemies of God flying as the apostle Paul did.
The Kingly anointing is the most difficult to receive of all three Anointings.
The Leper’s anointing comes by accepting Jesus, and the Priestly anointing comes by fellowship with Jesus, but the Kingly anointing comes by OBEYING Jesus.
It is when you hear the Rhema word of the Lord spoken – which says, “Thus saith the Lord” – And you OBEY that Word that you receive the Kingly anointing.
All three of these precious Anointings are available unto you tonight….IT IS TIME TO OBEY!!!