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Be Holy … you have an anointing

You have an anointing from the Holy One and you know the truth. The anointing you received from him remains in you…as his anointing teaches you about all things, and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as I have taught you, remain in him.
1 John 2:20, 27-28

A chrisma, the Greek word for anointing—that’s what you have to make you holy!

In Old Testament times the priests were anointed with a special mix of oil and aromatic herbs to consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy (Exodus 30:29). We have an anointing from the Holy One Himself the moment we come into a saving relationship with Jesus. Remember what Eugene Peterson said in the introduction to Leviticus (MSG): “Holy refers to life burning with an intense purity that transforms everything it touches into itself.” Jesus, intensely pure, touched us and transformed us. We are consecrated, sanctified, holy, set apart, sacred—anointed!

And we know the truth, will always know the truth. The anointing we received is neither fleeting nor counterfeit. Christ in us means Truth in us (John 14:6). Truth gels holy living. Our problem—we aren’t always in tune with Truth/Jesus.

So Jesus promised to help us with the truth dilemma: “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26).

Add them up: we have Truth in us, the Holy Spirit to teach and remind us of all the truth Jesus taught, and godly teachers like John. In fact, the entire scope of the written Word of God can be laid open by His Spirit, to our spirits, to solidify our holiness.

As the apostle Paul tells the Ephesians, it is high time we too “no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking” (4:17). We are “made new in the attitude of our minds” as we “put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (4:24).  Truth and anointing and holiness are intrinsically intertwined.

Nancy P

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