Friday, September 21, 2007

Are All Filled With The Spirit?

I don’t think we are all anointed. In the Old Testament, there were three who needed the anointing; the priest for godly sacrifice, the king for better judgment and the prophet for divine utterances. They were not always filled for the spirit came upon them (I Sam 16:3). That changed with the coming of the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit whereby all Christians become priests and kings. However, in the New Testament, two classifications are mentioned; born of the Spirit (I Jn 3:3-7) and filled by the Spirit (Eph 5:18). When you are born again you receive the power to become a child of God, a priest to offer your body as living sacrifice, a co-heir to reign with Christ and a prophet to preach the word.

Certainly, every true child of God is born of the Spirit. You cannot become Christian without being born of the Spirit. However, you need the baptism of the Holy Spirit to be anointed which comes after being filled with the Spirit. Just as the priest, king and prophet needed the spirit to fall on them so too do we need the baptism of the Holy Spirit which happens once and for all when we experience our Pentecost. That may seem a bit strange and difficult to grasp. Yet, let’s look at the principle in the Bible
In Luke 9:1, the Bible mentions Jesus giving the disciples Power and authority. If they are the same why would he give them both. One would have done for both. More so, both words do not even mean the same thing as I will illustrate below. They are not the same. So he gives them both. Power comes from Greek /dunamis/ which is ability to do great works and authority comes form /ĕxŏusia/ privilege to do great works. For example, you may have the money (power) but lacks the privilege (votes) to govern. Most Africans have the money (power) but lack the authority (visa) to visit the US. As such they need both the power (money) and the authority (visa) to travel abroad. Let us go back to the New Testament.

The disciples have the power (born of the Spirit by receiving Jesus) Jn 1:12 but lacked the authority (Holy Ghost baptism)Acts 1:8 to carry out evangelism. Consequently, they had to tarry in Jerusalem till they received it (Acts 2:.1-4). The word / power/ in Acts 1:8 is instead ĕxŏusia/ meaning authority and not /dunamis/ as used in Luke 9:1. That means it is used similarly like in Luke 9:1 as authority. Same thing when Paul visits Corinth (Acts 19:2) and the case of Apollos Acts 18:25 who knew only about baptism of John: baptism of repentance (and not baptism of the Holy Ghost).

Therefore, we all are not anointed simply because we are Christians. We need to be filled by the Holy Spirit. Simple experiment: compare the churches, which believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit with those that do not believe and see which one experiences many miracles of healing and restoration than the other.

Until then, not every Christian is filled with the Holy Spirit.

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