The Messiah - Part 8

 Messiah Anointed of God

And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; Isaiah 11:2

And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: Isaiah 11:3

The Messiah is the anointed one. He will be anointed by God. He has understanding that is by God's Spirit and not learned by man. He has have the spirit of counsel, might, knowledge and fear of God. He will not judge by what He sees or hears but by the Spirit. He will be able to discern good and evil by the anointing of the Spirit.

But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. Isaiah 11:4

The Spirit or anointing will cause Him to be able to judge in righteousness or right living. This is the only true way to judge with fairness and without partiality. Wickedness will be destroyed and right living will remain. Jesus had this anointing when He walked the earth 2000 years ago and when He returns He will judge the earth with this anointing.

The anointing of the Holy Spirit is also something we can have now if we obey God and receive Jesus Christ into our lives. This requires following the Lord and seeking Him on a daily basis. This requires us to be deeply committed to seek the mind of the Spirit and not just do according to our own feelings, desires, what we see and what we hear. Someone with the gifts and anointing of the Holy Spirit can heal the sick, cast out devils and do the works of Christ. This sometimes comes by prayer and fasting and being totally dedicated to God and His service.

Jesus Christ was such a person and came with the sole purpose of obeying God and bringing the gospel of salvation to all of mankind. He then had to pay the penalty for the sin of the world by His death on the cross. After rising from the dead He got victory over death and is now able to grant eternal life to as many as will receive it. He had to overcome and make the way first. Now all who come to Him and ask forgiveness for sins and salvation can also

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; Isaiah 61:1-2

Although Isaiah had the anointing of God to preach also, this prophecy refers to the coming Messiah who was to be anointed by the Holy Spirit to preach good news to the meek, to bind up the brokenhearted, to bring liberty to the captives and open the prison to them that are bound.

At His first coming Jesus, preached the gospel and showed that repentance and believing on Him as the savior would bring eternal life. No man comes unto the Father but by me. When we are still in sin we are the same as being in prison and bound with chains. Sin's chains are heavy and hard to bear. Sometimes I've heard testimonies of a person who came to Christ for the first time. Some say that it felt like a great weight is lifted and they feel so fresh and clean. Others do not feel anything but take salvation by faith and their lives are also changed. We are actually in bondage to sin before coming to Jesus.

That is why we can't get victory over hate, greed, selfishness, pride, vanity, lust and other sins of the flesh. The whole earth will never stop hating, conquering and killing until the whole world is free from sin and living in righteousness. We can't get this by ourselves or by doing good deeds although we should do good deeds. We have to let Jesus Christ into our lives in order to have true love, joy, peace and overcome sin that kills, steals and destroys.

Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Psalms 45:7

The Psalmist David also prophesied of the anointing of the Messiah. A true prophet of God will love righteousness and hate wickedness. This is how Jesus is and how a true follower of Jesus is. If someone is confessing to have Jesus living within them and being filled with His spirit and still loves sin and follows wickedness, something is wrong. A believer might sin once in a while but they will hate the sin and want immediate victory over it. We cannot have fellowship with Christ and love sin at the same time. The two do not mix. A true child of God will love right living and hate wickedness.

When we find ourselves full of bitterness, hate and sin whether we are Christians or non-Christians, what do we do?? REPENT. We cry out to God. If we have never received Jesus Christ as savior, we cry out and say something like,

"Lord I do not want to be lost. I do not want to sin. Forgive my sin and come into my life."

If you are a Christian who knows all these things but somehow has gotten away from the love, joy and peace that comes from God's spirit and has allowed, unforgiveness, hate, bitterness, envy, selfishness or some other sin to enter you live and rob you of your joy in Jesus Christ then the answer is to also REPENT.

"Lord, help me to overcome. Forgive me of my sin. I hate it. Help me to love and forgive, overcome selfishness and be a fruitful Christian and reflect your love to others instead of prejudice, hate, backbiting and other things I've allowed in my life."

We overcome by repenting, changing and constantly being in the presence of the Lord by prayer, bible study and seeking the fellowship of other believers in a good bible believing church or assembly.

We then ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that we can have the power to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others without fear.

Fulfillment of the anointing in the New Testament:

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matt 3:16-17

We see here that Jesus was anointed and filled with the Holy Spirit of God after He was baptized in water by John the Baptist. A voice from heaven witnessed that Jesus was indeed the Son of God in whom God was well pleased.

The day will come when we will face God ourselves. I hope Jesus will be able to say to me, "Well done good and faithful servant, Enter into the joy of the Lord."

What a blessing to be able to hear that God is pleased with us. We don't have to settle for anything less. We can one day hear him say that if we come to Him now and receive He gift of salvation.




Son of Abraham

part 1
part 2
part 3
part 4
part 5

The Anointed One
part 1
part 2
part 3

The Messiah's Birth
part 1
part 2
part 3
part 4
part 5

The Forerunner
part 1
part 2
part 3

The Son of God
part 1

part 2

His Ministry
part 1
part 2
part 3

part 4

Prophet & Priest
part 1
part 2

Suffering Messiah
part 1

part 2
part 3
part 4

Death & Resurrection
part 1
part 2

 

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