The Anointing


Famous prophets.   Jewish High Priest.   King Edward I

Psalm 23:5 reads, “ Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”

What is this anointing? Well for David it was a literal anointing when he was anointed King of Israel by Samuel in I Samuel 16:13. Prophets and priests were also anointed (I Kings 19:16, Exodus 28:41) but for us it is an anointing by David’s greater son, Christ and in Christ.

When was he anointed ?

Hear Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 12

Q. 31.Why is He called Christ, that is, anointed?

A.  Because He is ordained of God the Father, and anointed with the Holy Ghost (Heb.1:9, Acts 10:38), to be our chief Prophet (Deut.18:18, Acts 3:22) and Teacher (Isaiah 61:1), who has fully revealed to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our redemption; and to be our only High Priest (Psalm 110:4), who by the one sacrifice of His body has redeemed us, and makes continual intercession with the Father for us; and also to be our eternal King (Luke 1:33), who governs us by His Word and Spirit, and who defends and preserves us in (the enjoyment of) that salvation He has purchased for us (John 10:28).

Now because every true believer is in Christ he or she is also anointed and John and Paul confirm this in I John 2:27 and II Cor.1:21. We, like Christ, are anointed by the Holy Spirit into the office of believer and made prophets, priests and kings. Prophets to tell forth God’s truth, priests to intercede for others and offer ourselves as living sacrifices to him and kings to rule over ourselves, our families if we are men, and the church if we are office-bearers. Let us be good stewards of our offices!


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