POWER AN BLESSINGS ARE RELEASED TO THOSE WHO KNOW JESUS AS THE CHRIST
Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” (Matthew 16:13). His disciples were at a loss of what to say as they were not sure of who He was as they had heard people call Him Master (Matthew 9:11, Matthew 12:38, Matthew 9:16, Luke 5:5, Luke 8:24, Luke 8:24, Luke 9:33, ), Rabbi (John 3:2,). His disciples whom He had been with for a while started speculating of the many other names they had heard being attributed to Him, saying that some people say that He was prophet Isaiah, others said that He was prophet Jeremiah, while others said that He was John the Baptist, while still others said that He was some other prophet. Jesus had to keep the class in control to stop them from digressing. He asked them “Who do you say that I am?” All became quiet, so quiet that you could even hear the sound of a fallen pin. They were hoping that at least only one of them had an answer to stop this embarrassment. How could they have walked with Him for the last three years and not known who He actually was. They knew Him only as the Teacher, Master and of course Jesus.
Suddenly there was a movement at the back and one of them stood up and all the others turned their heads to find out who he was. It was Simon, the brother of Andrew. After standing up, he squared his shoulders, cleared his throat and pointed his finger at Jesus and boldly said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus said, “Wow, wow, Blessed are you Simon Bar (son of) Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but my Father who is in heaven. From now onwards, you are Peter (which means small stone), and upon this rock of revelation that I am the Christ (which means Messiah, the Anointed one, or the Anointing), I will build my Church which will be founded on the revelation that I am the Christ, the Anointed one of god who has been anointed by the Holy Spirit to preach good news to the poor in spirit, I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
The Bible says that after overcoming all temptations in the wilderness, Jesus returned in the power of the Holy Spirit into Galilee (“And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and His custom was, He went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up for to read. And there as delivered unto Him the book of Esaias (Isaiah). And when He had opened the book He found the place where it is written, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor; He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and the recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord’…And He began to say unto them, ‘This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears’ (Luke 4:14-21).
According to these scriptures, the message Jesus preached was this: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me…’ The dictionary meaning of the word anointed actually means to pour on, smear all over or to rub into. So Jesus was telling the people in Nazareth that day, ‘God is poured on, smeared all over and rubbed into Me.’ He was telling them from the book of Isaiah 10:27 that He had come with the yoke-destroying, burden removing power of the Almighty God all over Him. Prophet Isaiah had prophesied that the one with the anointing or the anointed one will come one day to remove the burden of sin on our shoulders and destroy the yoke of slavery around our necks. “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.”(Isaiah 10:27 [KJV])
Jesus did not just make that statement either. He began to preach a sermon saying: ‘’Hey. I have good news for you! Poverty is a yoke and I am anointed to destroy it! Broken heartedness is a yoke and I am here to destroy it! Being a captive to sin is a yoke and I am here with the yoke-destroying power and presence of God. I am here to get the burden off your back! I am here to set you free!”
That is the gospel Jesus preached. It is the good news of the anointing! Most Christians today know nothing about the anointing because when the Bible was translated into English, the translators failed to translate the Greek word Christ. And because of it, the devil was able to steal a major revelation from the Church. People began to use the word Christ as a title. Some even used it as if it was Jesus’ last name. But it is not. The word Christ is an English translation from the Greek word Christos that is a translation of the Hebrew word Messiah. Translated into English, it means anointed or the Anointed One. It also refers to His anointing.
Thus when the New Testament refers to the gospel of Christ, it is talking about the gospel of the anointing, the good news of the sin removing, sickness-crushing, yoke destroying power of God. Jesus brought that anointing into our midst. That is the reason it is called The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ ” And Jesus then addressed all the disciples and told them, “Now that you know that I am Christ, the Messiah who was prophesied, the anointed one of God who has the anointing of God upon Him, who has the God’s power rubbed into me by the Holy Spirit, I give you the keys of the Kingdom of God (the same anointing, the same power of God I give you), and whatever you shall bind/stop/silence/shut up/rebuke/cancel/disable here on earth/ home/business/marriage/family, whether it is demonic power or disease or curse or poverty shall automatically be bound in heaven, meaning that God will bind what we bind, God will remove what we do not want and God will curse what we shall curse. Whatever you loose/release/allow here on your part of the earth in form of blessing, healing, favour, will be loosed or released by heaven and placed on your hands to possess. If you confess blessings to be released from heaven, they will be released from heaven.”
Whatever you bind, God will bind. When you have knowledge of Jesus as the Anointed One and the Anointing of God, you are given power over all the power of the enemy the devil and you can bind him. To bind means to tie so tightly that the person bound is immobilized and can do no harm. Jesus taught that if you want to spoil a strong man’s goods, first bind him and you will easily spoil his goods and his house before you humiliate him and triumph over him. “Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house” (Matthew 12:29). The devil is powerless when faced by a person anointed with the Holy Spirit of God because Jesus rendered him powerless when He triumphed over him openly. After the Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection, and immediately before His ascension back to the Father, He commissioned the church to “go … and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (28:19). They would be able to do this because of Christ’s victory over Satan, who had long blinded the nations, for Jesus said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’ (Matthew:18). Satan’s illegitimate power over the nations has been wrested from him, and placed into the hands of the legitimate Lord and Savior of the world. Now the Christian church can do its work; it can engage in successful mission all over the world, bringing the good news of freedom from captivity to those who had long been in chains because of sin and unbelief. Colossians 2:14–15 makes it clear what happened to the powers of evil through Christ’s ministry, especially what He accomplished on the cross: “He canceled the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” This indicates that wicked powers were defeated in principle at the cross of Christ. When Jesus purged all of our sins on Calvary, something happened to Satan. The evil one lost his authority to keep people back from God. He was bound by what Jesus did. He was severely weakened by the work Jesus accomplished on the cross at Calvary. The devil is now so weak that only one angel of God is required to bind him. “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” (Rev 20:1-3 [KJV]) If only one angel of God is such powerful over the enemy, how much more are we who can be called sons of God if we accept Jesus Christ to be Lord and Saviour of our lives? Will the angels not be there for us to serve us? The Bible says that “Are the angels not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14). The angels are destined to serve you if you are a servant of the Most High God.
Whatever you loose, God will loose. If you loose a person bound by demons, he or she will be loosed because believers have been given power to set captives free. Loosing means setting free and also releasing prisoners free by loosing their chains. If you believe in the work of salvation Jesus Christ did at the cross, the anointing of God upon you will destroy the yoke of the devil on all those who are chained as long as they believe. And the yoke of the devil shall be destroyed by the anointing of God who is Christ the Lord. If you know (like Andrew, who on “first finding his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ) that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Anointed One of God who has the Anointing on Him, ” He has transferred His anointing unto you by rubbing Himself into your flesh as He fills you with His Holy Spirit. And whatever you shall curse shall remain cursed, whatever you shall bless shall be blessed and when you shall submit yourself unto God. Demons will flee from you.
Let us look and find Jesus while He may be found and believe that He is the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One who has anointed us with His Holy Spirit so that by His anointing upon us, we have been empowered by the anointing of God upon us to empower us to destroy every yoke of the devil whether sicknesses, captivity, curses and all manner of evil because Christ in us (Col. 1:27) is greater than he who is in the world, and we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us (Rom 8:37).