Sunday, 13 January 2019

Anointing, Gift, and the Preparations of the Vessels

Testimony:  Once after I finish ministering to a group of people, a sister shared with me one of her dreams. She told me that, in her dream, there was a group of people. After she and her team had served this group of people, an angel appeared, who is a high-ranking angel. The angel told her that these people could not receive the anointing because the anointing was meant for the vessel.  Since she had this dream, she came to me asking what the dream meant and what she needed to do. She asked what it meant that the vessel could not receive the anointing. I explained it to her. Afterwards, I was moved to prepare this message to share with everyone. It seems that God is willing to let us understand the relationship between anointing and vessels. This is how this message comes into being.

Let’s read Isaiah 61, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour”. Here it says “anointed me”, mentioning what is used to anoint people, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Lord which is on Jesus. The anointing is about how the Holy Spirit can work on people, and the ability of people to use their gifts.

When Levites in the Old Testament built the temple, they took the anointing oil and anointed all the containers to consecrate them. Consecration is to make these items to be used by the Lord, and the Lord only. They would not belong to others, not to idols, nor the world, nor human beings, but only used by God. This is also anointing, using oil to anoint. The second meaning of anointing is that the Holy Spirit anoints to sanctify people, so that they can be consecrated.  This is another definition of anointing. The anointing is invisible and intangible, but it can be known. It comes from the Spirit of God. When the anointing is on the person, the person's ministering has power.

Gift: It is a gift. The gift is given to you freely. The source of the gift is the Spirit of God. The gift is a gift. When it is given out, it is rarely taken back. Gifts have nothing to do with the status of receiver’s spiritual life. This is a gift that comes from the Holy Spirit according to His will. If it is given to you, it does not matter if you are good or bad, nor does what kinds of character you have. You are given a gift, and you have it. That’s why it is called “gift”. However, it is NOT the Holy Spirit itself. Therefore, the pursuit of "gift" does not mean pursuing the "Holy Spirit". This is a bit like the "blessing" we received from heavenly Father. It does not mean that we receive Father Himself. Every believer should strive to know God. There is a big difference between anointing and gifts..

The anointing and the gifts are very different. We are talking about the very special anointing. In Numbers 11, the Lord said to Moses, "Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders”, because Moses’ burden is too heavy. The LORD God said to Moses, "Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders.  I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone.” Here, the anointing can be passed on, passed through the leader. It is to give the Spirit that came upon you to others.

We realize that there is one thing very important in the ministry and church, that is the power of the Holy Spirit.  The anointing must be given to the leaders. If the leader does not have anointing, his ministry will have no chance to succeed.

When Jesus began to preach, to fulfill his responsibilities on earth, even he needed to receive anointing. Isaiah said that “the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, and the Lord has anointed me”. When Jesus passed the anointing, he called the twelve disciples to come over and gave them the power to subdue all demons. After that, the Lord appointed seventy-two others. In Luke 10:1-19, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”

When Jesus gathered with them, he told them how to obtain power. He said to them, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.  For John baptized with water, but in a few days, you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:4-5) “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” (Acts 1:8)

Even Jesus must wait until John the Baptist baptized him with water, so that the important thing, which is the Spirit of God fallen on him, happened; only after that, his ministry would start. We could see that even Jesus needed anointing to accomplish his ministry.

As we mentioned earlier, the leader must be anointed, and the anointed leader can pass on his anointing to the person he trains. The anointing can be imparted, and the anointing can be caught. However, the anointing can't be taught. You cannot be taught to have anointing. It is not like that I can tell you what the anointing is like; such as, what the prophetic anointing should be, what the apostolic anointing should be, what the service anointing should be, what the love anointing should be, and so on. It is not through my preaching, training, or explaining theological knowledge, that people would understand anointing. That is not possible. It can only be obtained following God’s principle, through impartation, which is the first way, as mentioned in the verses we just read.

According to God's law of harvest in the Bible, as mentioned in Genesis 1:11, God said that the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds. God would raise us according to our kinds, which means, if a leader is strongly anointed with success anointing in his life, who has a strong anointing of the Holy Spirit, when such a person trains his disciples, he will produce leaders with strong anointing of success. Thus, we often see that some famous speakers or anointed speakers arrive at the venue, if we humbly accompany this person or act as the translators for this person, in general, after these translators work with him for more than two weeks, the anointing is easily passed on to people close to him. After the person leaves, the person who humbly serves him sometimes receives such anointing, and the anointing he possesses is passed on. Of course, there is a premise here. Who is in charge of the anointing? Not this person, the Spirit of God is in charge.

To pass on this anointing, when we humbly accommodate those speakers, we hope that the Spirit of God can be imparted in this way. We know that the Spirit of God is in charge. This is the first way to obtain anointing.

This is also how the impartation between Elisha and Elijah was like. Elisha followed Elijah throughout his work, and later Elisha asked God for the double anointing of Elijah, and the spirit that moved Elijah to touch him in double portion. After Elijah was taken up to heaven, Elisha struck water across the river. After he crossed the river, the disciples saw that Elijah's spirit had rested on Elisha. This is all written in 2 Kings, chapter 2.

We can see here that the anointing was passed from Moses to the leaders who shared his ministry. The anointing was also passed from Elijah to his disciple, Elisha, who shared his ministry. Similarly, the anointing was passed from Jesus to the disciples who would share his ministry. The same principle still works in this generation. The trainees share the anointing of the trainers, so those who work as trainers must demonstrate the power of God in their lives. Otherwise, the harvest law cannot produce results.

It is God’s sovereignty to decide whether to share the anointing, and it is carried out under the direction of God. It’s not like this evangelist came and told everyone that “I’m going to impart anointing now”, and his anointing would be able to be passed on. No way. It is not like saying “you and you come, I will impart anointing to you” either. This will not work. The Spirit of God must take initiative, unless God's spirit moves the one who is to impart anointing, telling him that “you need to give the spirit in you to so and so, he may choose such a person to come out and do the work of passing on anointing. This is one of the ways to pass on anointing. So, the impartation work is assigned by God.

Is there any other way to get anointing? Yes! That is by praying and fasting in front of God, and don't forget that there is another important aspect is serving God. Why do I need to talk about serving God? Because the purpose of anointing is to serve God and serve others. When anointing comes, it means that the responsibility arises. You must take responsibility. Those who receive anointing must understand this: one can only be anointed when you are willing to take responsibility, willing to accept the ministry that God has given you, and willing to accept your destined position. In the absence of anointing being imparted, it can be obtained through service, fasting, and prayer. In the intimate relationship with God, God will also give anointing, but only if you are willing to serve God. It means that you have to bear or take responsibility. Responsibility is critical. If you want anointing, it cannot be given without responsibility. I remember that in last May, there’s no one impart me with anointing. The Holy Spirit told me one night, “I would give you the anointing of healing.” I prayed for this in front of God, and then I received it. This is not through impartation, but God gave me by Himself.

However, you must be willing to take responsibility. In Numbers 11:16-17, the Lord said to Moses, "You have gathered seventy men from the elders of Israel, ...and they are with you as the burden of this people, Lest you be alone. That is to say, the responsibility comes first, and the anointing is given out. In the ministry or church, the leader needs to see whether the person is willing to take responsibility. If a person is willing to take responsibility, God’s anointing will easily come to him. This kind of anointing is passed on. If a person is to seek power, he only seeks power or certain position in the ministry, you need to be wary of such a person; because he may destroy the work of God. Thus, if one is not willing to take the responsibility or assume certain position, God will not give the anointing to him or have it pass on to him, nor giving it from above, because his unwillingness will destroy the work of God.

The next thing to talk about is anointing as an action. We all hope that our work will be effective and powerful. When talking about powerful, one thing has to be mentioned, that is anointing with oil. I mentioned earlier that in Leviticus when they consecrated the items in temple, they used oil to anoint the items for sanctification. To become an effective and capable leader, one must also be anointed. Bible mentioned several principles regarding leaders we need to pay attention to. First, is to learn to be humble, second, is to avoid moral compromise, and the third is to learn to properly handle finance. When you have these characters, it is the starting point. It is only the starting point for a fruitful ministry. This part is preparation. Is this enough? No. You have to wait for the full anointing of the Holy Spirit to give you heavenly anointing to complete your responsibility on the earth. Through anointing it can bring people deliverance, salvation, and power. We know that the original Hebrew word of Christ is the Messiah, meaning “The Anointed One”, so in Luke 4:18 it says, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me…”
The Spirit of the Lord anointed Jesus so that he was full of power, and Isaiah talked about the anointed being full of power. Isaiah 10:27 says, “the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil”. The reason that we can destroy enemy's yoke is not because of anything else, but the anointing. That is, by anointing, we can break the bondage and yoke of the enemy.

What is the other significance of anointing with oil? Another meaning of anointing with oil is dedication, that is, sanctification; so that the vessels are separated from the world. In the Old Testament, oil foreshadows the Holy Spirit, anointing vessels with oil indicates that the Holy Spirit is to be poured upon this person. He has his purpose, which is to fulfill the special purpose, his destiny, to accomplish a special purpose. Being anointed means that you are restored to cleanliness and return to the house of God. John 3:5, “unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God”. Without the Spirit of Christ, one can not belong to Christ.  No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. You cannot be born again without experiencing the work of the Holy Spirit. The New Testament talks about born again is to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Baptized in the Holy Spirit is anointing.

In the Old Testament era, the oil was anointed to the man to be made clean on the tip of his right ear, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot. The blood of the trespass offering was put on the same places to the man to be cleansed. The rest of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he shall put on the head of him who is to be cleansed. This is written in Leviticus 14:14-18. The blood of the offering animal and oil are to be applied to the tip of the ear, the hand and the foot, foretelling three different aspects. The first is the ear, is to listen to the voice of God; the second is our hand, is to serve our God; and the third is our foot, is to walk with God. Therefore the action of anointing and anointing oil both talk about one thing — serving. Our hands receiving the assignment to serve God; when God tells you where in your life and on what position to serve, we mention anointing, also anointing oil. If we don't listen to the voice of God, our ministry will have no effect, we will not follow Jesus and walk with him in the ministry. We need the blood of Jesus to cleanse us, so we can listen, serve, and walk with the Lord. We have just talked about the three conditions we need to receive anointing in our lives: listening to the voice of God—that is, to anoint our ears with oil; serving—to anoint our hands with oil; walking with God—to anoint our feet with oil. Walking with God is to have an intimate relationship with God.

There are three layers of anointing mentioned in the Bible, also known as the complete anointing. The Old Testament talks about this anointing. The first is priest's anointing, which was received by Aaron and his descendants. The anointing received by the tribes of Levi is the priest's anointing, which is mentioned in Exodus 30:30: “Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve me as priests.” The purpose of sacred anointing oil is to make things holy, and all who are touched become holy. Sanctification is to be separated from the world, sacred anointing oil, the anointing of the priest is to receive holiness, to assume the life of righteousness, and to be sanctified for ministry. The kind of the priest's anointing was the sanctification, the anointing of holiness. All the priests were anointed in the same way at that time, and became sanctified. They received holiness and the holy position. Receiving anointing of the priests indicates that we become holy and are ready to do God’s work. The priest's anointing is very special. When I prayed for people, I found that there were purple marks on those who received anointing of priest. Usually, I would tell someone that God has given you the anointing of priest if I saw he has a purple mark on him in my prayer. These people would bear the positions of sanctification and holiness. When we begin to be priests, we would talk to God, asking Him give us that power. However, when we request power, God will talk to us about the issues of holiness, dealing with sin, dealing with life, and the revelation in life. This is the priesthood.

The second anointing is the anointing of the king. In 1 Samuel 11:1 there is a king called Saul, and Samuel anointed Saul, and poured oil on the head of Saul. David was anointed as king and took over Saul in the same anointing. the Lord said to Samuel to anoint him with the oil in the horns, and Samuel anointed David among his brothers. One who receives the anointing of the king receives the power and authority to serve as a king. The anointing of the king, the Spirit of God descends on the king, so that he can govern the people of God. A very important element of the anointing of the king is called the right to govern. A person who receive the anointing of the king has the ability to manage and govern with the wisdom of God. In my prayer, I can see a golden mark on the person with the anointing of the king, he has the power to govern in his life. The anointing of the king was mentioned in the New Testament in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you”.

The third kind of anointing is the anointing of the prophet, which is to give the direction for people, to prophecy, to give direction, as the eye, receiving word from God.

The priest's anointing, the king's anointing, and the prophetic anointing are the kinds of anointing of the Old Testament era. Who are those who received three kinds of anointing in the Old Testament era? Melchizedek, Jesus is in the order of Melchizedek. Melchizedek was not from the tribe of Levi, and Melchizedek's anointing was a complete one. Melchizedek is very special. He is a mysterious figure in the Bible. There is no knowledge of his origin or history, but he is a king of Salem, also known as the king of righteousness. He came out suddenly. After Abraham returned from defeating the kings, he gave Melchizedek one tenth of the spoils. Melchizedek had the positions of priesthood, the king, and the prophet. He also foretold the king who was to come, who is Jesus who ministers in complete anointing.

And Moses also possessed the anointing of priest, king, and prophet. As a priest, he could intercede for the Israelites. As a king, he could lead two million people, and he had the ability to govern. As a prophet, he could prophesy and receive directly from God. .

Judges also receives triple anointing. Their name means saviour, who saved the people from the hands of their enemies. It also means deliverer, who delivered the Israelites from oppression. The other meaning of their name is judge, who make judgment for the country, which is the anointing of the king. They have the anointing of the king, also the anointing of the priests, listening to the voice of God, and the anointing of the prophets. They have triple anointing. Later, after Moses died, Joshua and other judges continued to have triple anointing and function in such kind of anointing.

The last person in the Old Testament era who had triple anointing, the complete anointing, was Samuel. It was not the same after Samuel. Samuel was the last one. There were a thousand years from Melchizedek to Samuel. God gave this triple anointing to people, and you may feel very strange. It was mentioned in Revelation that in the future, God will live with his people for a thousand years. This is something that happened already in the Old Testament era, but will appear again in the future in the New Testament era. God lives with people is what is like for complete anointing. It will be a very special time. Samuel prophesied, took the leadership role to lead the Israelites and governed them. As an anointed one, Samuel was known of his holiness throughout his life; he possessed the priest's anointing, and his ministry had the power of a king. But after the end of the millennium, after Samuel, many people were dissatisfied with the God’s reign. As a result, this anointing changed. When Samuel was old, he made his sons Joel and Abia as judges over Israel. But his sons did not walk in his ways; they turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice. As mentioned in 1 Samuel 8:3, the elders of Israel were not happy, did not trust his sons, saying they could not lead the people of Israel.

The elders of Israel were displeased, they said to Samuel that “your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations”. They wanted to be like the world. So Samuel prayed to God and God said to him, “they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.” God knew the hearts of these people, so he said the reason they wanted me to make a king was because they did not want the governance under my complete anointing; they wanted a king, I would give them. So sometimes, one of the greatest judgments that God gives us is to give us according to what we ask for. God gave them what they asked for, and let they go astray onto their own way. God told Samuel to heed the voice of the people and make them a king. We see from here that when we ask God not according to His will but our own, sometimes God will still give us what we ask for. However, there are consequences with this giving, because it’s not according to God’s will, but people’s. God will give. As a result, after the Israelites asked for it, Saul was chosen. Saul had only the anointing of the king, but not the anointing of the priest. Saul could not present offering. Only Samuel could present offering. When Saul served in his unanointed position, he was immediately judged and rejected. Saul did not wait for Samuel but presented the offering himself. Why could not he do that? It is because he only received the anointing of the king. God did not give him the anointing of the priest.

Since that time, this anointing has been separated. Later on, many of the kings of Israel demonstrated very strong ability and authority in governing, for example, King Solomon, King David, and many other kings of Israel coming after them. They had one thing in common. They did not receive the anointing of the priests, meaning that their lives were not sanctified. In the Bible, it was recorded that these kings all sinned. People cannot deal with their own sins. They must have the anointing of God on them, so that they have the light shine on them to make them see and understand, so that they can deal with that sin or certain habit; immediately get rid of that part, so they can go out with holy power, with the sanctified power. The ability of being sanctified requires the help of the Spirit of God. We know that some things are too difficult to rely on our own flesh, we can’t get rid of them. Only if God shed light on us all at once, then we will understand it all at once. We have seen the lack of holiness in the lives of the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah. ​​Although they had the anointing of the king, the failure to rule the country is mainly due to unholiness and the sins of the kings. For this reason, Saul was abandoned from the throne; he did not walk in the anointing of the priest, and the nation of Israel later dispersed throughout the world.

Ever since they asked for a king, the Israelites experienced another kind of oppression, and it became another extreme. The other oppression appeared in this era of Israel, emphasizing the holiness of the law, but lacking the power and authority of God; it replaced the leadership with selflessness, compassion, and love demonstrated by Samuel. Only partially anointed, they could not intercede for people before God like Moses did. As a result, we see that the pride and legalism begin to influence the religious life.

Until whom did the triple anointing come upon people again? It is only when Jesus Christ appeared that this complete anointing was restored. We saw that the Pharisees in the New Testament era strictly observed the law and became merciless, law-abiding, religious, and very restrictive. Are these laws compatible to God’s scripture? Many of them were obedient to the Word of God, however, because there was no such anointing. Pride and the law came in, it became another oppression and judgment against the Israelites. The priests of the Pharisees had the anointing of the priests, but lacked the power of God. The kings who came after Samuel did not have the anointing of the priests, while those who had the anointing of the priests did not have the anointing of the king or the anointing of the prophets on them. Thus, the priests in the later times only had the anointing of the priest but carried no power. They became prideful and law-abiding without power.

God promised to restore this triple anointing. Later, when Jesus came, it was restored. Isaiah 1:26, “I will restore your judges as at the first. And your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.” “a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice. A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, And a cover from the tempest,” (Isaiah 32:2). Who would come out? It was Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ has the complete anointing of the king, the priest and the prophet, the complete anointing of God. The promise of God's restoration of complete anointing has been fulfilled in Jesus Christ, and this anointing is brought to himself through Jesus Christ. Therefore, such anointing must first carry the anointing of living a holy and righteous life; and then carrying the anointing of power in healing, casting out the demons, and evangelizing; these anointing can be received at the same time. How do we receive it? I will give you a few references about the premise to receive it . First, if you are not born again, you have to be born again. To be born again is to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Secondly is to be baptized. In Romans 6:4, “we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” The third is that the anointing is from God, not from people, and sovereignty is in God.

 “The anointing which you have received from Him abides in you” (1 John 2:27). It is only the beginning that you receive the anointing of the king, then you must walk with the Lord. Remember, one premise in receiving the anointing is responsibility; you need to be willing to take upon your responsibility, you will then receive anointing in your life. If we only emphasize being holy but not the power of God, we will become  legalistic. If we ask God for power but ignore holy life, it will destroy us. The key is to abide in God, because the anointing is in you, and the anointing you receive from the Lord abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you. The anointing of the Lord will teach you all things. This anointing is real, not fake. You must abide in the Lord according to the teachings of this anointing.

If you want to keep the anointing, you need to remember a key issue, that is to abide in  the Lord, to have an intimate relationship with God. Anointing cannot be used to serve one's own desires. If you use it to serve your own desires, God will judge. God will come to punish and judge.

Sharing E.C. -- TEACHER MING
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