There are many, many benefits to being a New Covenant Christian (understatement of a lifetime right?). Jesus has provided absolutely everything that we would ever need through His death, burial and resurrection. When Jesus said “It is finished”, He meant it! He has provided forgiveness of sins, righteousness and holiness, healing for our soul and body, supernatural provision and prosperity, tangible peace and joy, authority over satan and all the cohorts of hell and much more! And amongst the ‘much more’, the Lord Jesus has provided for every single one of His children what the Bible calls the ‘anointing’. The anointing simply put, is the tangible, indwelling, empowering presence and power of the Holy Spirit that is on the inside of every Believer. Even Jesus Himself was anointed by the Holy Spirit while on this earth. Many people incorrectly believe that Jesus healed people and did miracles because out of His deity, but He did not. To do so would have negated our right to operate in the same power that He did. But, since He did the miracles that He did as a man, we too have the right to operate in the same anointing and power that Jesus Himself did. The Bible says the following concerning Jesus’ anointing: Acts 10: 38 – “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”. Again, as this verse says, Jesus was anointed with the power of the Holy Spirit in order to do the miraculous things that He did.
Now, the Bible teaches repeatedly that the same power that was in Jesus is also in us as Believers. Jesus said in John 14 that we as His disciples could do the same miraculous works that He did, and even greater ones! 1 John 2:27 says this: “But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you…”. I just can’t tell you how much this verse has done for me! Many well meaning, sincere Christians waste a lot of time trying to get anointed, not realizing that Jesus has already anointed them! I remember when I learned this for myself, and how it was one of the most powerful revelations that I have ever received! Legalism is rooted in forevermore trying do enough to get stuff from God, but authentic faith is based in the truth that Jesus has already provided all that we need! There is no power in a Christian trying to get anointed so they can walk in God’s supernatural power, but there is remarkable power in believing that you have already been anointed with all the of supernatural power that you will ever need! As Believers, we have the blood-bought right to minister healing, deliverance and power to hurting people who need help. Jesus has given us His power so that we can manifest His Kingdom in the earth and set captives free! Many, many people around us in this world are hurting in so many ways and we very well may be the only answer that some of them ever come across. We need not be timid about the tangible power that has been placed within us by God Almighty Himself. I know that this is a very basic, simple, introductory look at the anointing, but I hope that it opens your eyes and/or inspires you to simply be available to the Holy Spirit so He can flow through you and help the hurting people around you. The devil has been defeated, but many people simply don’t know that and don’t know that they can live a victorious life. It’s up to us to bring God’s love and power to people who need it! Be open…be available…be willing…be His hands in the earth!