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Depiction of Jesus Acknowleding His Divine Anointing

The painting depicts the first acknowledgement of Jesus of his divine anointing as the promised Messiah.

 

Today, reply is on why Jesus is called “Christ” [Greek, Khristos; Latin, Christus].  The word origin is traced to 12th century usage of Christ as “the anointed one” associated with khriein [anoint].  (See Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.)  Multiple proclamations, promises, and prophecies throughout the holy writings speak to mankind receiving divine deliverance, governance, judgment, restoration, and salvation through a single, permanent, consecrated ruler.  On the basis of faith and other imparted spirit content he displayed while ministering on the earth, Jesus of Nazareth is acknowledged as the fulfillment of all those eternal purposes for mankind and Creation that had been gradually revealed over the course of thousands of years.  One of the many fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum who use the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Why was Jesus called Christ?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.  Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks:  the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.  And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself:  and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:  and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.  (Daniel 9:  24-27, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  His Enemies A Footstool (05/08/2018); Christianity Is A Relationship (04/05/2018); Christ Is The Firstborn (12/26/2017); Jesus Called “Almighty GOD?” (12/21/2017); As An Anointed Body (10/04/2017); The Title of “Savior” (01/27/2017); Exalted By The Father? (01/26/2017); Become Like Jesus Christ? (10/27/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, Christians are those committed to apprehending a mature relationship with divinity through Jesus Christ who has been anointed by Almighty GOD to serve as a cornerstone to a divine temple, an immortal high priest, judge, king, prophet, savior, shepherd, and steward.  The operations of divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Trinity; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) to overspread the earth with sacred government using mankind has required multiple consecrated devices.  Included have been family and patriarchs; covenants and divine law; kingdoms and monarchs; personhood and incarnation; priesthood; promises; sacrifice and suffering.

For the benefit and perfection of created beings and living creatures, divinity has appeared and imparts (we say, displays; reveals) sacred knowledge and spirit content (i.e., the inseparable aspects of divine character and makeup) that establish the image of GOD who is spirit.  Included are authority, balance, dominion, faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, restraint, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Fragrant oil that lingers in a room after its bearer has gone is used to depict the active, invisible presence of divine spirit.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Psalms 45:  6-8, King James Version (KJV):  6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:  the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.  7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness:  therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.  8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

(2.)  Isaiah 11:  1-5, KJV:  1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:  2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;  3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD:  and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:  4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth:  and he shall smite the earth:  with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.  5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

(3.)  Luke 4:  14-21, KJV:  14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee:  and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.  15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.  16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,  18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.  21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

(4.)  John 18:  33-38, KJV:  33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?  34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?  35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me:  what hast thou done?  36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world:  if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews:  but now is my kingdom not from hence.  37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.  38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  2nd Corinthians 1:  21-22, KJV:  21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;  22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Anointing Oil of Spirit

 

Today, reply is on divine anointing, fire, judgment, and the Holy Spirit.  GOD has used both water and fire to demonstrate and make visible the destructive work of sin as well as an unseen aspect of his makeup that we speak of as divine wrath against sin.  The same Holy Spirit who operated in the creation of heaven and earth establishes enlightenment, rebirth, and the possibilities for sacred knowledge within mankind that come by discovery, gradual growth, learning and observing sacred practices (sacraments).  More than this, the Holy Spirit continues among created beings and living creatures as a divine anointing oil that makes offerings and sacrifices to GOD acceptable and fragrant.  The prophets who proclaim divine grace, the high priests who minister through inheritance, and the kings who rule in peace first are set apart and sanctified by becoming in-filled with spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “?” (Level 1 with 90 points, a new member as of November 28, 2017) posted the following:

 

Why is a tounge of fire a symbol of the holy spirit?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard:  that went down to the skirts of his garments;  As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion:  for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.  (Psalm 133:  1-3, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Water, The Fire (10/10/2017); Holy Fire From GOD? (04/27/2017); Flammable? (05/25/2015); Consecrated in Christ? (06/21/2014); The Fire From GOD? (06/22/2014); Anointed? (04/28/2014); No More “Mr. Nice Guy”? (04/29/2014)

 

“?”, throughout the Bible, fire appears as a symbol indicating multiple actions and works accomplished by the fullness of divinity (we say, the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).  Included are authority in judgment, glory, majesty as a sovereign ruler, personness, power, and purity.  Through water baptism, sinners undergo permanent change beginning in the death, burial, and resurrection of their inborn spirit.  As “born again” believers they must “grow up again,” and become ripe (mature) for harvest when Christ returns (we say, Advent, his appearing, the Rapture, the Second Coming). 

Because they are “reborn” having divine DNA, so to speak, developing believers are accounted as the children of GOD, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ.  All believers are to display inseparable spirit content from divinity in their lifestyle and daily routine.  Included are gratitude, faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Believers only receive a “gift”, or partial measure of sacred substance from GOD, and not the whole person of the Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  GOD is a single Being who exists as three persons who display oneness without sameness; and it is this quality that is to exist within the body of Christ (the church). 

Most mature Christian believers receive instruction that the holy spirit is imparted to those chosen to serve in divine priesthood or as guides (shepherds, kings, rulers) over the people of GOD on the earth.  The dove, as a depiction of the Spirit is held to symbolize peace.  Thus, along with the cleansing of baptism by fire, the anointing that sanctifies (sets apart for exclusive service to GOD) and consecrates those who are ordained can be recognized by the tongues of fire.  Also, the divided (cloven) tongues signal that there are multiple gifts from the Holy Spirit.  Unlike the steady burning flame of a candle, the fire that appeared on the day of Pentecost is represented as flickering and lively; and the cloven tongue, therefore, is seen as the active love of GOD.

Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Isaiah 4:  2-6, King James Version (KJV):  2 In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.  3 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:  4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.  5 And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night:  for upon all the glory shall be a defence.  6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

(2.)  2nd Corinthians 1:  20-22, KJV:  20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.  21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;  22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

(3.)  Acts 2:  1-4, KJV:  1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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Covenant, judgment, and the armies of ancient Israel are topics, today.  Also, there is more on anointing for sacred service.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Elvis” (Level 7 with 73,529 points, a member since August 29, 2013) posted the following:

 

Why did God order Joshua to smite (kill) everyone in Al? 

JS 8:22-25 “With the Lord’s approval, Joshua utterly smites the people of Ai, killing 12,000 men and women, so that there were none who escaped”.

God don’t seem very nice to me.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Anointed? (04/28/2014)—(5.)  The formula for compounding a holy anointing oil is recorded within the Scriptures.  However, those who would create supplies of the sacred oil for secular use, or selfish pleasure were to be excommunicated, and put out of the congregation of Israel.  Like the prescription for incense to be burned within the tabernacle (later the temple), the formula for anointing oil included a number of spices mixed together in specific proportions by weight.  Along with blood (the device used to distribute life essence—we say, breath, spirit, word—throughout flesh), holy ointment was applied to the ark of the testimony, the altars, the utensils, vessels, and those who would minister as priests.  Moses received a peculiar anointing as prophet by abiding within the presence of GOD for forty days and nights in Mount Sinai.  When he returned among the people, his face appeared to shine, and continued to emit glory from GOD.  When Jesus completed a similar act abiding in the mountains for forty days and nights, the Savior was challenged and tested by Satan; and did not return among mankind displaying glory.  It was at his transfiguration, when Moses and Elijah appeared with him, that he was first seen and witnessed manifesting divine glory.  At his appearing to harvest the earth, and remove all those who will continue as joint-heirs having eternal life, Jesus will appear in three-fold glory:  his own, the Father’s, and that of the holy angels.  See Exodus 30:  22-38, Exodus 34:  27-35, Matthew 17:  1-9, Mark 9:  2-10 and Luke 9:  26, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel:  for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.  By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.  Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.  (Hosea 4:  1-3, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sacrificial Relationships? (10/23/2013); Of War and Judgment (10/08/2013); Heart, Brain or Spirit? (10/09/2013); Jericho Justified? (07/02/2013); Theoretical Forgiveness? (07/03/2013); Why Did The Judges Fight? (10/19/2012); The Spirit is Willing (10/20/2012)

 

“Elvis”, here are a few points you have missed that are necessary for correct understanding of the accounts of Joshua, and the armies of GOD:

(1.)  The primary purpose for “invasion” of the Promised Land was not conquest and a “land grab.”  The tribes of Jacob were herders and a people who used land for grazing and pastoral living.  GOD is to be acknowledged as the creator of the armies of Israel, for the Holy One counseled their generals (first Moses, then Joshua); determined who would serve; equipped all those who would go to combat; and provided strategy and tactics.

(2.)  The people of Canaan had prospered for many years, because they were nations in sacred covenant with GOD.  However, they gradually embraced idolatry and the worship of false gods, and repeatedly violated their sacred contracts.   All the details of their betrayal of GOD and sin against divinity are not recorded.  However, we may use “common sense” and a “child’s imagination” to figure out exactly what they might have done enough to upset GOD to the point of demanding their extinction.

(3.)  The armies of Israel were to be an instrument of divine judgment that would utterly destroy the arrogance, pride, and wickedness of the false covenant partners.  Sin is not very nice, and opposes the continued existence of divine law, of the divine Law Giver, of divine order established for the universe through divine law, and of men and women like me and you.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  GOD is being revealed to created beings and living creatures as a God of Judgment.  The wrath of GOD against sin is a permanent aspect of divinity (like faith, forgiveness, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, righteousness, and wisdom).  Divine love and wrath are in balance with all the other features of sprit matter within the makeup of GOD, and is not simply emotions or feelings that come and go.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your standing as a genuine believer.

For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the oath in breaking the covenant.  Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.  (Ezekiel 16:  59-60, KJV)

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The meaning of “anointed” is considered, today.  Also, there is more on ascribing personality to divinity.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Shay” (Level 1 with 4 points, a member since December 29, 2013) posted the following:

 

What does anointed mean?

blessed?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Personality? (04/27/2014)—(5.)  Like “character”, “charm”, “integrity”, and “cool”, the word “personality” is used to describe patterns displayed as a person’s attitude, behavior, and disposition, that regularly and repeatedly appear through ongoing relationships and social interactions, and that reveal their emotional and psychological makeup.  While descriptive of ones outward conduct and inner condition, personality is not a spirit substance from the makeup of GOD, and so is subject to change, embraces conflict, and may display subtleties (barely visible differences, hidden shifts in focus or value).  There are many who mistakenly use language that says, GOD the Father is cruel, harsh, mean, stern, strict, unloving, and unmerciful, yet say, that the Son is approachable, kind, forbearing, forgiving, gracious, loving, merciful, and understanding.  Such believers, in effect, deny the balance, fullness, oneness, righteousness, and thoroughness of the GODhead.  Delicate and necessary works of divine judgment (e.g., condemnation, correction, punishment, separation) are dismissed to favor such works as atonement, creation, deliverance, healing, government, rebirth, reconciliation, resurrection, and salvation.  See Luke 8:  24-25, Luke 9:  51-56, Romans 6:  1-18, Ephesians 4:  17-32, 1st Corinthians 16:  13-14, Colossians 3:  1-17, 1st Thessalonians 1:  5-6 and 1st John 3:  1-3, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.  But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:  a sceptre 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.  And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:  They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;  And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed:  but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.  (Hebrews 1:  6-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Benefit of Law? (11/15/2013); Origin of Baptism? (06/22/2013);  Money-changers in The Temple? (06/23/2013); Jesus, A Party Animal? (05/03/2013); Jesus Lives! (05/04/2013); The Golden Age? (01/10/2013); Translation, Please… (01/11/2013); The Priesthood of Kings (10/17/2012); Childlike Faith (10/18/2012)

 

“Shay”, here are some points to consider that should help build up your understanding of anointing within Christian belief:

(1.)  In the holy writings, to be anointed is to be made fragrant, and distinctive in ones appearance by pouring perfumed oil upon their hands, upon their face, upon their head.  A person’s aroma then lingers and continues after their contact with others.

(2.)  The oil for anointing represents divinity (we say, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of GOD).  Figures in Scripture receive anointing for divine service as part of consecration and sanctification (being cleansed and set apart as devoted to GOD) as well as an aspect of installation to high office.  Included are monarchs (kings, queens, emperors), priests (those authorized to offer sacred sacrifice), and prophets (spokespersons sent from GOD).

(3.)  Once anointed with oil, a person’s appearance is brightened (we say, they shine).  Thus, one uses oil when fasting to maintain their appearance, and continue generating a mood that is uplifting, rather than one of misery and wretchedness.  Also, perfumed oils were used as medicines to heal, as preservatives to prepare bodies for burial (to retard decay), as salves to treat wounds, and as mood altering scents.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Just as Saul and David were anointed by the prophet Samuel to serve as father (we say, patriarch), king, judge, praise-leader, priest, and prophet, during his baptism under John the Baptist, Jesus of Nazareth was witnessed to be anointed by GOD and the Holy Spirit.  However, it is not oil poured out upon the Savior; rather, it is virtue.  The title “Christ” is Greek, and may be translated as “The Anointed One.”)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your anointing.

These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you:  but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.  And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.  (1st John 2:  26-28, KJV)

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