You can be anointed above your fellows with the oil of gladness

You can be anointed above your fellows with the oil of gladness

Though sin had made a barrier between God and man, and made necessary Adam’s expulsion from Eden, God did not leave him in a state of despair. His first promise was one of courage and help. One would come who would bruise the serpent’s head and destroy the enemy who had led man into sin and who was planning still further evil. Said God to the serpent, ‘I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed.” Genesis 3:15. A paraphrase of this text, without doing violence to its meaning, would read, ‘I will put hatred of sin into the heart of man.” This was a distinct promise of present help to Adam. God would help man resist and conquer sin by placing enmity to it in his heart. Hatred of sin is vital to full salvation. Humanly speaking, no man is safe until he has learned to hate sin as deeply as he formerly loved it. He may resist sin. He may even flee from it, but as long as there is a lingering love of sin in his heart, he is not on safe ground. As love of good is vital, so also is hatred of evil. It may truly be said that our capacity for love of the good is measured and balanced by our capacity for hatred of evil. Of Christ it is said, “Thou has loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.” Hebrews 1:9.

In Christ, love of righteousness was accompanied by a hatred of evil. Because of these two attributes, He was anointed for His work by God. This combination of love and hatred must be in every Christian. They are fundamental in Christianity. It is significant that the first promise of a Savior in the Bible is prefaced by the promise of God’s help in conquering sin by giving man a capacity for hatred of evil. This hatred is a great factor in our struggle with evil and-our eventual victory over it. Were it not for the fact that God implants in the heart of every Christian a hatred of evil as well as a love for the right, there would be little hope for us. God commands us to hate evil with all our bodies, with all our hearts and with all our minds and instead love God with all our body, soul, strength and mind in what our Lord Jesus called the greatest commandment.

“But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matt 22:34-40 [KJV])

When you love God with all your heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind “all things will work together for your good”, for “those who love God, those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Loving God with all your heart, and with all thy soul means abiding in Him. And when you abide in Him, He will abide in you, and you shall bear much fruit, for without Him you can do nothing. Nothing.

Jesus said “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:1-5 [KJV])

When you love God with all your heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, He will come in and dwell in you anointing you with His essence, His attributes and His power because He is the one with the anointing who sent His beloved and only Son Jesus Christ to bring the anointing to us. No wonder Jesus is the Christ. And what does Christ mean?  “When Andrew first found his own brother Simon, he said to him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.” (John 1:41 [KJV])

“He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah! ” (which means “Anointed One”) (John 1:41 [HCSB]) When you love with the same intensity that you used to love sin, God Himself will anoint you, give you the anointed One to anoint you with Himself so that you will be exalted above your fellows because you will be like the Anointed One, like Christ, with God smearing Himself all over you, rubbing Himself into your flesh because the word anoint actually means ‘to smearing all over, rub in and fill with.  You can imagine the one who walked on water, commanded the calmed the stormy sea, cast out demons and raised the dead smeared all over you enabling you to do even greater miracles than the ones he did while he was here on earth. Jesus said “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:11-14 [KJV])

Amen.

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