The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:36-38
The word of God proclaims peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. That same word informs believers everywhere and in everyplace that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. This was done so that Jesus could fulfill His ministry on earth. But after His resurrection he was given more power because of His obedience — And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18 KJV)
So then the same Jesus who was anointed with the Holy Spirit and power now has all power in heaven and in earth. He has in turn given us this promise in Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing by any means shall hurt you. Why did Jesus give us this power?
During His ministry on earth Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil. The Bible reveals the primary purpose of the ministry of Jesus in 1 John 3:8 — He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. In this verse we discover the twofold mystery of the impartation was of power to us. First He gives us power to be like Him so that we are free from sin, because sin makes us like the devil; for the scripture says He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. Secondly, Jesus gave us power to continue His ministry to do good and heal all who are oppressed by the devil. That is why He gave us power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt us.
So we have power to overcome sin, and power to destroy the works of the devil just as our Lord demonstrated for us while he dwelt in human flesh. We are partakers of His divine nature when we are anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power. We are not the Messiah, but we are His disciples, and so we learn from Him, how we are to walk in the earth. Have you been anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power? Are you destroying the works of the devil? Are you doing good? Do you know that you have been called to do greater works? Whatever you have done in ministry to date, the Lord is calling you to greater works. This is the mandate of all who follow Him. Hear the word of the Lord in John 14:12 — “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
You can be assured that if you believe in Jesus, He who has all power in heaven and earth, has anointed you and given you power. To be anointed is to be covered in consecrated oil, which is spiritual and not of the flesh. The oil that Moses was instructed to compose to consecrate Aaron and his sons for all generations, is a shadow of what Jesus pours out upon those who believe in Him — And you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations. It shall not be poured on man’s flesh; nor shall you make any other like it, according to its composition. It is holy, and it shall be holy to you. Exodus 30:31-32
Be assured that you have been anointed with the Spirit and with power to go about doing good, and healing all who are oppressed by the devil. We have power to set captives free and do the work of the ministry which we inherited from the Lord, and our inheritance is among those who are sanctified (set apart). The oil which is consecrated flows from those who are set apart. Just as Aaron and the generations who followed Him, we too receive holy anointing oil. They were to be covered as it is written in Psalm 133:2 — 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.
May you be anointed with fresh oil today as you walk in the Holy Spirit and power. I pray that greater works would flow from your ministry, as you serve the Lord with gladness. Praise God for anointing you with the Holy Spirit and with power.
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