August 2010 – The Anointing, The Love, The Word
By Dr. David M. Berman
Isaiah 10:27 “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.”
What is this word “anointing” as referenced in Church language? What are the implications concerning the use of the word “anointing”? It is as so many sacred biblical words and passages are in the modern Church. The Sacred things so often are relegated to a place of casual meanings that permeate our modern thinking. It is significant that God uses the written word to proclaim His will and truth to His people. In fact this is shown greatly in his proclamation found in the gospel of John chapter one in verse one “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Words pertaining to that which is eternal are not simply the words of human reason or flawed human wisdom. The eternal words of the giver of life are to be meditated on and allowed full access to our soul and spirit.
The word anointing is the culmination of this eternal verse (Isaiah 10:27) of God’s desire and design for all who believe. The announcement is made here that it shall come to pass that the burden of the Assyrians (the ancient enemies of the Israelites who practiced vile things) shall be broken off of God’s people. It may also be properly applied in principle to the burdens that all of God’s people suffer with concerning the evil forces that attack the redeemed. The weight of sin itself and the persecution of this world against the will of God that dwells in the heart of the Christian shall be lifted. For Christ himself said “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
The oppression of empty religiosity as well as sin is lifted from the born again Christian. This should never be understood in terms of personal perfection. The yoke of oppression from persecution, sin, and empty religion comes from a word that when properly understood has the fullness of the gospel found in it. The word is “anointing.” It speaks of the provision and power of the only one who can pour out what is necessary to bring freedom from that which binds us up. The anointing is the power of God due to his acceptance of us who know Him. We do not know him by our own ability or works. We know him because he poured out His Spirit upon us when we received him as our Lord and Savior. The substance of his anointing placed on all who believe and receive him came from His own blood that he shed for us. That single and most powerful act of love that he made on the cross forever broke the yoke of sin that held us. We believers do not live waiting for the anointing. When we received Him as our Savior he anointed us and so we are now His anointed. We who know Christ are the very temple of his Spirit and thus we have become his anointed.
The question we must ask ourselves is; “Do I really love Christ who anointed me by His grace?” Is the one who gave us His anointing respected and loved by us who have received what in human terms is “the impossible?” So much of God’s mercy and grace is neglected in our thinking. We grasp so little and thus we are often left with disillusionment. This is not due to God or His Word but rather our lack of discipline when searching out the deep things of God. Modern culture with its fast pace has conditioned us to skip over the exercises of discipleship. Have we pondered what it really means to love the one who saved and anointed us?
Consider the following passage of Scripture:
John 21:15-17 “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
The word love conjures up some of the most powerful emotions known to mankind. In every generation, in every society and culture, there is one universal cry that comes from the inner workings of human need. The cry for love! The question that all have is “does anyone love me”? Men and women will often use the term “I love you” in the weakest of ways. How many young people have heard those words used lightly and have made the worst decisions based on them? Jesus asks Peter three times about Peter’s Love for him. Peter answers all three times “thou knowest I love thee”. It is interesting that Jesus asks Peter the first two times using the Greek word used for love that means the love of benevolence, love of God. The third time however Jesus uses another Greek word for love that means a showing of tenderness, a practice of friendship and kindness. Why is this important? It is important because many people use the words “I love you” in a nonchalant manner that means nothing. Love is not simply what we say but rather a definition shown through what we do. The world throws out the word love and in many cases combining the word love with curse words. The world’s love is not that of the love of God.
Can it be that we say we love God and yet we show him nothing in our manner of service to him? Can it be that we speak all the right Christian verbiage and yet the proclamation of our works shows to the contrary? Jesus asked Peter if he loved him twice and then in a manner of speaking asked him to show his love. It is of no effect to say to your brother or sister in Christ these words and then show the opposite in your action toward them. When speaking of love Jesus also said “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you”. Do we see an empty love in what Christ did for us? May it never be said! For Christ did not merely say he loved us but exhibited his love by giving of his own life as the sacrifice for our sins. Let us remember always to love in word and deed. It was Jesus who taught us by word and deed what love truly is; John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus desires that we love one another “as he has loves us”. Love is the covenant that Jesus made with us, and the covenant we have with each other.
When we as believers blurt out words like “love,” and “anointing” We do well to ponder their eternal meaning and use them with respect. Since God is referred to as “The Word” (John 1:1) and “Love” (1 John 4:8), and it is He who places His “Anointing” (1 John 2:27) on us who are believers, we do well to take those words seriously.