“Now it is God who establishes and confirms us [in joint fellowship] with you in Christ, and who has anointed us [empowering us with the gifts of the Spirit]; it is He who has also put His seal on us [that is, He has appropriated us and certified us as His] and has given us the [Holy] Spirit in our hearts as a pledge [like a security deposit to guarantee the fulfillment of His promise of eternal life].”
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 AMP
The anointing is not only meant for a few people who occupy a certain spiritual position in the kingdom of God. It is meant for every believer in Christ and is clear from the scripture above.
The word unction and anointing as used in the king James Version are two different english words of exactly the same Greek word. Apostle John explains in the scripture below that even little children i.e. new converts also have the anointing. See…👇🏼
“But you have an anointing from the Holy One [you have been set apart, specially gifted and prepared by the Holy Spirit], and all of you know [the truth because He teaches us, illuminates our minds, and guards us from error].
1 John 2:20 AMP
“As for you, the anointing [the special gift, the preparation] which you received from Him remains [permanently] in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you. But just as His anointing teaches you [giving you insight through the presence of the Holy Spirit] about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as His anointing has taught you, you must remain in Him [being rooted in Him, knit to Him].”
1 John 2:27 AMP
This anointing helps us to know all things and because it abides within us we don’t need any man to teach us. However this scripture is only true in a certain sense.
We must read and study the word of God. We must heed our instructors otherwise we’ll soon become proud and indolent and those with the ministry gifts would end up becoming superfluous too.
What then does it mean?
This is actually referring to the believer’s sense of discernment. The Holy Spirit within us as believers or within “little children” I.e. new converts, provides us with a discerning heart and mind which enables us to recognize those who are counterfeits from the genuine. See…👇🏼
“The doorkeeper opens [the gate] for this man, and the sheep hear his voice and pay attention to it. And [knowing that they listen] he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out [to pasture]. When he has brought all his own sheep outside, he walks on ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice and recognize his call. They will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”
John 10:3-5 AMP
A true Christian will always be able to exercise discernment of spirits in knowing who is true or false by the help of the Holy Spirit within him. However this is based on their willingness to maintain a dependent and teachable attitude. See again below…👇🏼
“keeping your faith [leaning completely on God with absolute trust and confidence in His guidance] and having a good conscience; for some [people] have rejected [their moral compass] and have made a shipwreck of their faith.”
1 Timothy 1:19 AMP
If a believer puts away his faith and a good conscience, he’ll make a shipwreck of his faith.
But if a believer no matter how he may be will depend on the Lord,1 John 2:20 says he knows all things I.e.he has a capacity for all the truth of God as they come. This is the reason why God gives us instructions through His gifted teachers. ( Read 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4)
Many have erred for not relying on the Holy Spirit when making decisions about what to do. They abandoned Christian fellowship with other believers (Read Hebrews 10:25) and have now fallen into error.
Depend upon the Lord by daily reading the word of God and giving yourself to prayer and meditation.
Prayerfully make decisions and learn to depend on God’s word.
AS I GO TODAY I OPERATE IN DISCERNMENT BY THE HELP OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD WITHIN ME.
I PUT ON AN ATTITUDE OF DEPENDENCY ON THE HOLY SPIRIT AND TEACHABILTY BY HIM.
I WILL NOT BE ROBBED !
HIS WAYS ARE UNFOLDED TO ME !
I WALK IN THE SPIRIT !
IN JESUS NAME !
GO AND PROSPER !