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Anointing of the Holy Spirit

Anointing of the Holy Spirit

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THE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
CONTENTS
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III.
IV.
XII.
Sanctification through the Holy Spirit XIII.The Spirit of Service- An Important Requisite for Fresh Unction of the SpiritXIV.Breaking of the Yoke-An important Purpose of the Anointing
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Epilogue******
PREFACE
Many thousands all over the world are being anointed with the Holy Spirit in these lastdays according to the promise of God. The experience of being anointed with the Holy Spirit for the first time with the evidence of speaking in other tongues is called the ‘baptism in the HolySpirit’, by which we are baptized into the Body of Christ, the Church (I Cor.12:13). Before Hisascension, Jesus commanded His disciples to tarry in the city of Jerusalem for the ‘promise of theFather’. This promise of the Father is the baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts.1:4,5). On the day of Pentecost, ten days after Jesus' ascension, the disciples and others, about a hundred and twenty innumber, who waited in the upper room according to the commandment of the Lord were baptizedin the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance(Acts.2:1-4). After this initial experience we are anointed again and again with new infillings or unctions of the Spirit, so that we may grow in the Spirit, and that the Holy Spirit may fulfilvarious purposes in and through us.Though the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity has been at work in the Old and inthe New Testament days, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a unique experience of the NewTestament period, whereby the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us (Jn.14:16,17). In the OldTestament days the Holy Spirit only dwelt ‘with’ a chosen few among the elders, prophets, priests,judges and kings, in order that they might fulfil a particular ministry. It is only in the NewTestament days that we enjoy the privilege of having the Holy Spirit dwelling ‘in’ us.We, in this dispensation of grace, have been called to live according to a law which ishigher than that of the Old Testament times. This is possible only by the anointing of the HolySpirit. The Holy Spirit works mightily in every area of the lives of those who are Spirit-baptized,
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so that at the end, they might attain Christ-like perfection.This book, which is a detailed study on the anointing of the Holy Spirit, is written with thehope that it will give the readers an insight into the working of the Holy Spirit, the manifoldpurposes of the anointing and the fulness of life and blessings we receive through a Spirit-filledlife. May the Lord bless the reading of this book and may it prove to be of help to all those whoardently await the imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ.********
CHAPTER I.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
Before we can proceed with a detailed study on the anointing, it is necessary to have a fair knowledge of the Holy Spirit Himself from Whom proceed the unctions of the Spirit.The Holy Spirit is the third Person in the Godhead and is distinct from the Father and theSon. The Holy Spirit has been at work since the creation of the world, "... the earth was withoutform, and void-. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" (Gen.l:l,2). When thegenerations of Adam had departed from their Creator, letting sin corrupt their thoughts anddestroy their soul, the Spirit of God was striving with them in their conscience, trying to persuadethem to return to the Lord. The Lord said, "My spirit shall not always strive with man" (Gen.6:3).Yet, in the various dispensations, the Spirit of God did not forsake man altogether. When Hefound a man whose spirit would be submissive to Him, the Spirit of God would come upon himand reveal His power and wisdom.The Greek term PARAKLETOS, used for the Holy Spirit by the apostle John, is translated'Comforter' or 'Advocate', signifying One Who is 'called alongside' to give help and advice,particularly to the defence.
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Attributes
 
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:1. He is a Person :
 The personal pronoun 'He' is used when reference is made to the Holy Spirit. Also,personal acts are ascribed to Him (Jn.l6:13, 14; Acts 13:2).Since He is a Person,(i) He can be grieved (Eph.4:30).(ii) He can be sinned against (Mk3:28,29).(iii) He reveals, searches and knows (I Cor. 2:10,11).(iv) He evaluates situations (Acts 15:28).(v) He inflicts punishments (Acts 5:3-5,9,0).
2. He is God:
 He is specifically called God (Acts 5:3,4; II Cor.3:17).(i) He is the Spirit of truth (Jn.l6:13).(ii) He is eternal (Heb.9:14).(iii) He is omnipresent (Psa.l39:7-10).(iv) He is omnipotent (Lk.l.-35; Rom.8:ll; 15:19;Eph.l:19,20).(v) He is omniscient (I Cor.2:10; lsa.ll:2).(vi) He is life (Rom.8:2).(vii) His name is also called upon, along with that of the Father and the Son, when water baptism is administered (Matt.28:19).viii) He is one with the Father and the Son in the administration of the Church (I Cor.l2:4-6; Acts 13:2).(ix) His words and His works are considered the words and works of God(Gen.l:l,2,26; Job 33:4;Acts 28:25-27; Heb.3:7-ll).
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Some of them are :(i) He is equal in His creative powers with the Father and the Son (Job 33:4; Gen.l:26).
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(ii) Though the Holy Spirit is invisible, the ministry or work of the Holy Spirit is visiblymanifest In the Church. His work is never to call attention to Himself, but to glorify the Father and .the Son (Jn.l6:13-15).(iii) He exists as the Priest of the most high God (Heb.7:1315;9:14).(iv) He guides and teaches (Jn.l6:13,15).(v) He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment (Jn.l6:7-ll).(vi) He regenerates (Jn.3:5).(vii) He prays and intercedes (Rom.8:26,27).(viii) He comforts (Jn.l4:16).(ix) He renews (Tit.3:5).(x) He testifies about the Lord Jesus (Jn.l5:26; Acts 5:32).(xi) He is the Inspirer of the Scriptures (11Tim.3:16; II Pet. 1:20,21).(xii) He appoints and directs His ministers to places where He wills (Acts 20:28; 13:2).(xiii) He possesses the same power of resurrection as the Father and the Son in theGodhead (Rom.8:ll,23; I Pet.3:18).(xiv) The Holy Spirit works in the believers and in the servants of God in the Church.After His resurrection, the Lord Jesus handed over all the responsibility concerning the Church, tothe Holy Spirit and it. is through the Holy Spirit that He thereafter expresses Himself to theChurch (Jn.l4:16; 16:13; Acts 1:2).The Holy Spirit communicates Himself as a presence and power to the individual,mediating to him forgiveness of sin and new birth. His presence in the believer constitutes a seal,a guarantee of the final salvation (Eph.l:13;4:30), and an initiation into the Body of Christ(ICor.12;13). In the believer's daily life, the Holy Spirit is the Source of virtues (Gal.5:22,23) andthe Dynamic for a life pleasing unto God (Rom.8; Gal.5:16), and the One Who equips for service(Rom.l2:4-8; I Cor.l2:7-ll; Eph.4:7). He nourishes and purifies his whole personality, knitting himinto the fellowship of the saints. Finally, at the resurrection or transformation of the body, Hebrings him to the fulness of eternal life.******
CHAPTER II.
SYMBOLS AND SHADOWS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is typified by certain symbols and shadows in the Word of God. We shallstudy a few of them here.1.
WIND
 
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The wind is often a symbol or shadow of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:2,4). God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (Gen.2:7). The Holy Spiritis the very life of God and is able to produce life (Job 27:3). Job says, "The Spirit of God hathmade me and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life" (33:4).Jesus breathed on His disciples and said, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost" (Jn.20:22). On theday of Pentecost, the Church was formed when the Holy Spirit came down like a "rushing mightywind" on the one hundred and twenty who waited in the upper chamber.Those who are born of the Spirit are like the wind, for, the operation of the Spirit can befelt and not seen (Jn.3:8).When the prophet Ezekiel prophesied to the dry bones, there was a noise and a shakingand the bones came together and the sinews and the flesh came upon them and the skin coveredthem. When he called upon the four winds to breathe life into the slain, and prophesied, breathcame into them and they lived and stood upon their feet, an exceeding great army (Ezek.37:5-10,14). Similarly, in the New Testament period every individual in whom the "breath of God"enters or one who is baptized by the Holy Spirit, becomes a member of the Body of Christ whichis the Church(I Cor.l2:13). He should be found united with the apostles in their doctrines, infellowship with the saints, in breaking of bread and in prayers (Acts 2:42).The four winds mentioned above are symbolic of the working of the Holy Spirit in leading
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