The Anointing Brings Indefatigable Industry For Service
“Hereby He showed that He was sent of God, Who is good and does good; and does good because He is good: and Who hereby left not Himself without witness to the world, in that He did good, Act_14:17. And in this He hath set us an example of indefatigable industry in serving God and our generation; for we came into the world that we might do all the good we can in it; and therein, like Christ, we must always abide and abound.” - Matthew Henry
You ask – what is "indefatigable industry”? It is tireless, inexhaustible, unsleeping, unwearied, unwavering, determined, unfailing, hard-working, and diligent efforts, undertakings, service, and pursuits. In other words, the anointing stirs people to labor. Said another way – if you claim to be anointed of God and are lazy, you are deceived!
The Scriptures tell us that Jesus of Nazareth was anointed of the Holy Ghost. What did He do with the Anointing that God placed on His life and ministry? There were two specific tasks that He performed. He did good and healed all who were oppressed of the devil. 1 John 4:17 says – “…because as He is, so are we in this world.” Hence, it only stands to reason that because God has anointed us, we are to do the same. Are you?
In Acts 10:38, we read – “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: Who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.”
First of all, let’s recognize the fact that God was doing the anointing here. It was God Who anointed Jesus. What this means is that He set Him apart for a certain work. That work was to be the Messiah - the Anointed One.
The Scripture says that – “…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power…” We read in Matthew 3:16-17 when the anointing came on Jesus – “And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: And, lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.” Here, Jesus was consecrated for the work of the Messiah – the One Who would work miracles or operate in the gifts and graces of the Spirit.
In Psalm 45:7-8, we find Scriptures confirming this concept – “Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: the scepter of Thy kingdom is a right scepter. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.” By being anointed with oil - kings, priests, and prophets were then consecrated to their office. This anointing signified the gifts and influences of the Holy Spirit…the qualification for the undertaking ahead…or the divine unction. Although there were some who were anointed as king and prophet or priest and prophet, yet there was no one – except the Lord Jesus Himself - Who received the three separate anointings at the same time for the three distinct offices – king, priest, and prophet.
He was “anointed with the Holy Ghost and power” – the “power” to do miracles – heal the sick and even raise the dead.
He could do all these tasks simply because “God was with Him.” It was God Who anointed Him…appointed Him…gave Him a Divine Mission and Commission…and furnished ample evidence that He sent Him by working miracles through Him.
In John 3:34, we read of Him – “For He Whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand.” There was no limit to the Spirit’s relation to Jesus. He received the Holy Spirit in His fullness. He was fully and completely filled with the Spirit. – not in a small degree or for a particular time, people, or purpose. He was given the Spirit for a whole compass of time. An immeasurable unction dwelt in Him. He received the entire fullness of Divine Life and Power. It was a constant flow and reflow of Living Water.
“…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power: Who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.” Jesus was “anointed” to accomplish a certain task. It was not to make a name for or draw attention to Him. He wasn’t after the applause of men, wealth, comfort, or ease. Rather, He made it His main business – traveling from place to place – to do good. He always did good. He did nothing but good. Hence, He was well-pleasing in His Father's sight.
“…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power: Who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.”
What does this verse of Scripture have to do with us?
2 Corinthians 1:21 says of us – “Now He Which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God.” As we had seen with Jesus, it is God Who anoints for service. He consecrates us with the Holy Ghost. He solemnly sets us apart for service by giving us an unction from the Holy One. He endows us with gifts and His sanctifying grace insomuch that we become a sweet savor of Christ to the world.
In Luke 24:49, we have been given a command from the Father which says – “And, behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Here we see that it is the Father’s will to clothe and invest His ministers with “power from on high” whereby they are able to work miracles and preach and teach the Gospel in demonstration of the Spirit and of power – with undaunted courage, resolution, and boldness.
God anointed Jesus with the Holy Ghost and power. It is His desire to do the same for you and me.
Why? What does He want us to accomplish?
His will is that we – like Jesus – go forth “doing good” and “healing all that are oppressed of the devil.” Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. We are to go forth in His Name and restore health to the oppressed, depressed, and possessed.
Many are crying out in their hearts for deliverance. They are suffering and cannot get free. So many need a helping hand. No one seems to care.
The anointing will cause you to care. It will cause you to be unselfish – looking for opportunities to “do good.” You will not be idle – having the demonized right on your doorstep – so to speak.
Jesus showed that He was truly sent by God by “doing good” and “healing the oppressed.” He left an example for us on how to serve God and our generation.
Never forget – you came into this world for no other reason than to do all the good that you could possibly do.
There is no excuse why you can’t do it!
You have the anointing!
May God Bless His Word.
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