It is the way of the natural man to neglect the best of the gifts of God to settle for the least, and even believers tend to do this since they still carry their depraved nature in them. This seems to be the case of the Corinthian church; they were settling for the gifts of tongues, which was by far the least of the spiritual gifts, hence Paul told them: “But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way” (1 Cor 12:31).
In our time there seems to be more and more men settling down for the use of the anointing oil, which is by far an outdated gift, and also very irrelevant to the saints today. God has given us something far better and superior than the anointing oil. We are not left as orphans in this world, nor have we been left defenceless in our war against sin, the flesh and the world. This article will show that God has given to his saints something better than the anointing oil.
While the Lord Jesus Christ tabernacled in the flesh among us, his disciples were never perplexed nor troubled; the thought of their vulnerability to the powers of darkness never entered into their hearts because they found a sure refuge in him. In Matthew 14:23-33 they witnessed him walk over the water and rescue them from the boisterious storm; in Mark 4:37-41 they witnessed him rebuke the wind and the sea and they yielded perfect obedience to him, such that they said with their own mouth, “What manner of man is this, that Continue reading
God has given to his church a wonderful gift, a precious gift, something greater than the anointing oil. At the mention of the name of Jesus Christ every name, and every knee shall bow. In spite of this wonderful gift that God has given us, many people continue to use what they call “spiritual materials” in their prayers and worship to God. This article will examine the use of the anointing oil throughout the several dispensations of the Bible times.
God permitted the use of the anointing oil in the ceremonial and religious activities for the children of Israel under the old covenant until the fullness of the time should come when we would have a clearer light shining through a complete Scripture.
In the Old Testament, the anointing oil was used in some occasions, such as when a new King was anointed to assume the throne (1 Sam 16:13; Psa 89:20, 1 Kings 1:38-39), and during the consecration of the priests to their priestly office and duties (Exo 29:7-21) etc.
Several miracles and signs and wonders were performed in the Old Testament which did not involve the use of the anointing oil, because the anointing oil was not given for the purpose of initiating miracles. The deliverance of the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, the miraculous provisions of manna, meat, and water for the multitudes of the children of Israel in the wilderness, the crossing of the River Jordan, and the possession of the promised land did not involve a single use of the anointing oil. The miracles that occurred during the reigns of the judges, such as Gideons victory over the Midianites, Samsons victory over the Philistians, Jepthah’s victory over the Ammonites, (and so on) did not involve a single use of the anointing oil.
If we come down to the times of the prophets in the Old Testament, we shall find that the miracles that were performed under their ministry did not involve a single use of the anointing oil.
When Elijah put the prophets of Baal to open shame on Continue reading