Christ the Anointed One
“And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou out the Christ, the Son of the living God” – (Mt.16:16).
“How God anointed Jesus of
The Hebrew word is Messiah and in the Greek it’s Christ. Christ is in the New Testament 509 times and it means – ‘the anointed one.’ The anointed one is the Son of God and Peter’s confession in (Mt.16) shows plainly that Jesus is the Christ, the anointed one – the Son of God. Hence His full title – Lord Jesus Christ. And the more we know about Christ, the better we can discern the Antichrist who deceives and counterfeits Christ. Oil will be very closely connected with Antichrist as he is the Devil’s anointed one, emperor over the whole earth.
That’s where the word Christ-ian comes from. Because we have received Christ and been born again of the Holy Spirit, we also are anointed ones with the oil of the Holy Ghost in us and one day we shall rule and reign on this earth as anointed kings and priests. “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you...” – (I Jn.2:27). We don’t have the oil poured on the outside of our body like the Old Testament but now it’s poured inside of us and Christ the Anointed One is the one who anoints. But only the true Christians who are born again, not just those who occupy a pew in church.
The oil of the Holy Spirit is the power
working in His church. “Not by might, nor
by power, but by my spirit saith the
Lord”- (Zach.4:6). God doesn’t use the worldly power of this world – the political
power and religious power of worldly churches and government. He doesn’t use
powerful armies and money power and petroleum oil power. You see here the two
symbols of the Holy Spirit power in
Three people were anointed in the Old Testament – prophet, priest and king. And Jesus Christ fulfilled the first two at His first coming and will come back as King of Kings. All this anointing of the Old Testament pointed to Christ – the Anointed One. He’s the precious cornerstone of God’s living temple, the church. Can you not see the anointed stone, the Lord Jesus Christ, when you read about Jacob anointing the stone with oil at Bethel and calling it the house of God? Jesus Christ is the gateway to heaven. “And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. And he called the name of the place Bethel. And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house” – (Gen.28:18,19,22). Here we see the true riches and the true oil of the Holy Spirit that God gives His church. Not the rock oil called petroleum that the world lusts after, but the oil of the Holy Spirit in each stone of His spiritual temple. As Peter, whose name means stone, said in his letter – “To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God and precious.Ye also as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priest hood… Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion, a chief cornerstone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded” – (I Pet.2:4-6). Yes, Jesus Christ, the precious anointed cornerstone of God’s spiritual church – God’s precious oil - Amen. Don’t get rich in the oil business – get saved and born again. Choose the spiritual oil, not the physical oil.
Oil plays a very important place in the affairs of this world and oil plays a very important part in the affairs of God – oil runs His church. As for me, I’ll take the oil from above, the kind that Israel had. I’ll receive Christ, the Anointed One, and the riches in Him and eternal life over the oil from below that will probably fuel the lake of fire. Keep this in mind when you hear of Mideast oil and the politics of oil.
Not only was olive oil used for the anointing in the Old Testament, it was used for fuel for the light – for the candlestick in the house of God. (Ps.119:105) says – “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” That was outer light but now it’s inner light that the Holy Spirit gives us when we’re born again. We’re enlightened through the reading and studying of God’s Word by the great teacher, the Holy Ghost – (I Jn.2:27). It is written in (Luke 4:18) when Jesus began His ministry – “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel..” And each one of God’s true ministers must be anointed with the oil of the Holy Spirit and born again before he is qualified to preach. God enlightens us and we enlighten others by opening up the scriptures to them.
In (Mt.25:1-13) we have the parable of the lamps of oil and it is a parable for these end times. We are waiting for our bridegroom to return and for His bride to be raptured up to meet Him. The focus is on oil in the lamps and buying and selling oil, which is what the whole world is engaged in today. When the midnight cry comes and the church is taken, many church members who have no oil of the Holy Spirit in them will be left behind. Jesus tells them – “I know you not” – (vs.12). Jesus then tells us to be watchmen and watch in these end times – “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh” – (vs.13). Jesus was telling us to make sure you have God’s oil in you and are born again and not just a religious, worldly minded church member. Immediately after this rapture the Mark of the Beast will come and will be required to buy and sell and that means no oil and gas for those who refuse it.
Satan is called the ‘Anointed Cherub’ in (Ezk.28:14). His angelic name was Lucifer but he sinned by pride and he fell from his high exalted place. Lucifer said “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the North: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most high” – (Is.14:13,14). Yet because he exalted himself God will abase him down to hell – “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit” – (vs.15). He now is the great enemy of Christ and Christians who are the true anointed ones of God. He gives all his power to Antichrist, the pseudo-Christ, the false anointed one who is extremely proud like Satan and desires to rule the world. (2 Thes.2:3,4).
Therefore we should expect Antichrist to have much to do with oil – not the oil of the Holy Spirit from above, but petroleum oil from below. He will have ‘gold fever,’ and lust after ‘black gold’ and the riches of this world and the power that money buys. Antichrist is the false anointed one and the chosen one of Satan, the fallen anointed cherub of God. He is Satan’s masterpiece of end-time deception and will be anointed by the rich and powerful oil companies who will bankroll his election into the Presidency.
We see humble Jesus being anointed, not by the rich and powerful, but by the poor. “And, behold, a women in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment. And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. Jesus said “My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.” “And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven” – (Luke 7 :37,38,46,48). Our Anointed One came the first time to be our humble Savior on the cross, shedding His blood for atonement and remission of our sins. He was our anointed High Priest who became the sacrifice Himself for the sins of the world. He was our anointed prophet who was martyred on Calvary for preaching the truth of God. He’s coming back as the anointed King of Kings to rule over the whole earth as emperor. He’s coming back in power and great glory with His army of saints from heaven to defeat the Antichrist-Beast, the false anointed one, at Armageddon. – (Rev.19:11-21).
“But unto Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows”– (Heb.1:8,9). Here we see the throne of God’s Anointed One, His dearly beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We see His deity as God’s Son and we see His dynasty – his throne is forever and ever – Christ’s dynasty will never end. He will rule with a sceptre of righteousness. The constitution under which He governs can be summed up in a single word – RIGHTEOUSNESS. His kingdom is organized around that one plank and principle because He loves righteousness and hates iniquity. Imagine what it will be to have this whole earth be ruled by not just a Godly man, but God himself. The sinless Savior who died for us will rule as King over this whole earth in righteousness and justice.
Many a power-seeker has sworn to uphold the constitution as he swears on a Bible, but then the power corrupts him. Not so Christ. The authority under which He governs is upheld by His personal integrity, He will never lie to us – PTL. He has been anointed by God and there is no higher authority than that. Our Anointed Savior will be our Anointed Emperor – filled with the Holy Spirit.
He will have the ‘oil of gladness.’ O’ how happy I was when I was born again. Christ will have a cheerful, happy disposition by nature - filled with joy and in turn will cause His kingdom to have gladness. I don’t mean He’s a comedian telling jokes, but He’s a happy, glad man and we will serve the Lord with gladness also. O’ our precious, precious Anointed One, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you been anointed by God’s Holy Spirit? Are you born again? Repent of your sins and by faith believe on Christ for forgiveness and remission of sins. God loves you and sent His dear Son to this earth to be your savior. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” – (Jn.3:16). “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” – (I Jn.4:9,10). Be an anointed one of God through Christ. Do not spurn the love and grace of God.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
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