John wrote that we have an “anointing” in the book of 1 John. What does this mean? How does it impact our daily life? Join us as Robert explains this important concept. (Part 2 of 2)

ROBERT >> Last week here on The Truth In Love we began talking about Jesus the holy one, the one who has anointed us. What does that mean, and how does it affect our relationship with the Lord? We’re going to continue today. We’ll be right back in just a moment.

SINGING>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth,
speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> Today we continue to look at Jesus the holy one. Already if you’ve been with us in the past several weeks, you know that he is the one born of God; he is the one feared by demons; the one denied by the people; and the one not left in the tomb. Just last week, we talked about that Jesus the holy one is also the one who has anointed us. And this comes from 1 John chapter 2. And I hope that you’ll be turning there and reading with me.

We learned here in verse 18 that this was the last hour. This period of history in which we live that began back in the first century that will continue till Christ comes again, this is the last hour, the last days, the last period of history. And John tells us that during that time, many antichrists will come into the world. In fact, he said some were already in the world in his day, and they’ll continue to come until Christ comes again. And so in this last hour, with these many antichrists, these many that are against Christ, we need to beware. He tells us that they went out from us. They were among God’s people in the first century, and they didn’t realize that they were not Christians, but they were deceivers. They denied that Jesus is the Christ, John tells us. They try to deceive us just as they tried to deceive them. And they’ll continue to be against Christ, trying to deceive God’s people and turn them away from Christ.

I want to read to you from 1 John chapter 2. Look at verse 18 with me again. “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.”

Now, notice right here after John warns us about the antichrists who denied Jesus is the Christ, denied that he came in the flesh and suffered and died for us, these ones who were among them but went out from them, he says, we need to beware of.

But he tells us that we can know better and that we can recognize this, because he says, notice what it says in verse 20, “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.” That’s right. As Christians, we have an anointing. Now, last week we talked about the fact that priests and kings and prophets all were anointed with oil. You can read about them in the Old Testament. And many of those were the ones that God had chosen, and this was a way that he would show that he chose these to be a priest for his people and a king over his people or a prophet to his people. And so it has the idea of those who are chosen by God, set apart by God for a particular purpose, and this was also true of Jesus the Christ. In fact, the word Christ means the anointed one. Jesus was the anointed one, the one that God chose to send into this world to save us from our sins, our savior, our deliverer, our king.

Jesus, we learned last week, was anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power. As he began his ministry, the Spirit of God descended upon him as a dove, and the Lord spoke from heaven, This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.

And Peter himself proclaimed in Acts 10:38 that Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power. That’s what enabled him in his ministry to do his healing and his preaching and his teaching.

In Hebrews 1:9, we read of that one whom God anointed, God chose. But John says that we, too, have an anointing. I want to read some other passages from the letters of John and some other places in the scripture that speak of that anointing.

In 1 John chapter 3, look at verse 24. “Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.”

Look at it in 1 John 4:13. “By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.”

In Acts the 2nd chapter we read about receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. In Acts chapter 2, you remember this was the beginning of Christ’s church when the gospel went forth for the very first time in its fulfillment, how Christ died for us, how he was buried, how he rose again and now had ascended to God’s right hand as Lord and Christ.

And when the people wanted to know what to do to be saved, look what Peter said in Acts 2:38. “Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. He went on to explain that this promise was not only for them, but also for those who were afar off, as many as the Lord our God would call.”

And so God is still calling us through the gospel to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit so that we might become one of his anointed ones, his chosen ones.

Look at this in 2 Corinthians the 1st chapter. As Paul wrote to this very troubled church at the time there in Corinth, he reminded them of this very thing.

2 Corinthians 1:21, “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”

Ephesians the 1st chapter also speaks of this same thing. Ephesians 1:3 reminds us that “in Christ we have every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”

This is what is afforded us in this new relationship with Jesus Christ as his anointed ones.

In fact, you’ll notice in verse 4, “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world.”

We in Christ are the ones that God has chosen. Verse 5 tells us that he predestined us to adoptions as sons by Jesus Christ.

And then as you look a little further down in verse 7, “In Him, that is, in Christ, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

But then in verse 11 it says, “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.”

In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. And so, having believed, having heard, having believed the word of truth, they became those who were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.

1 Peter the 2nd chapter talks about God’s chosen ones.

In 1 Peter 2:5 they are referred to as a “spiritual house, as a holy priesthood.”

I want you to notice here that these are God’s people that he’s talking about in 1 Peter 2:5 and following.

Here it says, You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. We are the priests of God in the house of God.

In verse 9 he talks about this further. Here he says, “You are chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

So we have an anointing.

What does that mean to us?

Let’s look at this a little bit closer as the chosen people of God, as those who have heard and believed the gospel, those of us who have become his children, a part of his house, his church, this holy priesthood. We know the truth.

Look what he said here in 1 John chapter 2, look with me at verses 20 and 21. “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.”

But you have an anointing, he says. And in verse 21 he says, “I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.”

Those who have heard, who have believed, we know the truth, we know right from wrong, we know truth from error because we have the gospel of Jesus Christ. You’ll notice in 1 John chapter 4 in the first six verses, he speaks of this kind of discernment and this kind of testing.

In 1 John 4:1 he says, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”

Yes, we know the truth, he says. We know whether it is of God or whether it is of some other spirit.

We notice also in 1 John 5:6 these words about that: “This is He who came by water and blood – Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.”

There were some in John’s day that claimed special knowledge of the things of God. But it is the Holy Spirit who knows the mind of God and who has revealed it to us. The apostle Paul spoke of this in 1 Corinthians chapter 2 beginning in verse 10. Paul wants them to know that there’s a difference between the wisdom that we receive through the word that the Holy Spirit has revealed and the wisdom of this world. The thoughts and the ideas of this world are just not able to save us, and often they are not at all based upon truth. But we can trust in the revealed will of God as given to us by the Spirit of God.

Look in 1 Corinthians 2 beginning in verse 10. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.

For the Spirit searched searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him?

Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Notice here in this passage how the apostle Paul talks about the message that has been revealed to them. The Holy Spirit revealed it to them. These were the things of God. This was the mind of God. And if we do not have a heart that is good and is honest, if we’re not seeking the truth, if we don’t want to know, we may never come to a knowledge of that. But God has revealed it for us, and we can learn it, and we can have it because God has preserved it for us in the scriptures. You know, Jesus taught his apostles when he was on this earth, and he promised to send the Holy Spirit upon them to guide them into all the truth.

In John 16:13 the Bible tells us how that he would bring to their remembrance the things he had spoken unto them and how he would guide them into all the truth. And so the Holy Spirit came upon them with great power, revealing and confirming the truth.

In Acts the 2nd chapter you can read about that as they spoke for the first time that gospel in all its fulfillment. But now we’ve heard that, and we’ve been taught that, and we know the truth.

I want to read to you from Hebrews the 2nd chapter, where he puts all of these things together for us so that we can be certain of what is true and what is not.

In Hebrews chapter 2 he contrasts the old law with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and he reminds us of how that gospel had been revealed and confirmed.

Here he says,” How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will.”

So we have God’s will for us revealed and confirmed by those apostles and prophets of the New Testament as they share with us through divine inspiration the knowledge of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

You know, 2 Peter 1:3-4 tells us that all things pertaining to life and godliness have been granted to us through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue. We have all that we need from God in the way of his revelation found for us in the scriptures.

“We’ve got the faith once for all delivered to the saints” according to Jude 3. One time for all time God has delivered his word, he’s preserved it for us so that we can pass it on from one generation to the next. We must be careful then to allow the truth to live in our hearts. Look at 1 John 2:24. You see, with those many antichrists that they had then, and we still have today denying the truth, we need to be careful that we let that truth continue to live on inside of us.

In verse 24 he said, “Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning.”

If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. He’s talking about the beginning of gospel and how that it was revealed and confirmed and how that it was spoken by these apostles and these prophets. Don’t forget it. Don’t ignore it. Don’t cast it away or let some antichrist steal it from you. You see, this is how we stay in fellowship with Christ.

Look at verse 27 of 1 John chapter 2. Here he says, “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it is taught you, you will abide in Him.”

Yes, we must continue in that word, we must continue in that knowledge, we must continue in the way and the will of the Lord. If you look back at the beginning of 1 John 1 and look at verses 5 through 7, he reminds us of the importance of maintaining our fellowship with the Lord. Here it says, “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.”

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

This knowledge of Jesus Christ is what keeps us in fellowship with our Lord. If we walk out on that, if we refuse to follow that, if we give that up, then we’ll lose that fellowship.

In fact, 2 John 9-11, in this short second letter of John, he warns us about this very thing. Here he says, “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.”

Yes, God’s people must remain true to the doctrine, to the teaching of Jesus Christ. It’s because of this that we have the promise of eternal life.

In 1 John chapter 2, look what he says in verse 25. “And this is the promise that He has promised us – eternal life. And where is that eternal life found? It’s found in his son, Jesus Christ.”

1 John chapter 5, beginning in verse 11, let me read it to you. “ This is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”

One day we’ll all stand before the throne of Jesus. As he described it in Matthew chapter 25, “some will be parted to the left, and he’ll say, Depart from me, I never knew you, and these will go away into everlasting punishment. But to those on the right he’ll say, Well done, good and faithful servant, and these shall go away into eternal life.”

You see, the only thing that’s going to matter on that day is whether you are for or against Christ. I attended a grave-side funeral of a Christian who had a very strong faith. And it was her desire for her family to join her in heaven someday. The minister said that that would only be possible if they, too, lived an obedient life for Christ as she had.

He spoke the truth. “God’s desire is for us all to come to the knowledge of the truth and to be saved,” 1 Timothy 2:3-4.

That means you. His desire is for you as it is for me. You see, Jesus the holy one, is the one born of God, he’s the one feared by demons, he’s the one denied by the people, he’s the one not left in the tomb, he’s the one who has anointed us.

Do you have the anointing?

Are you his chosen one?

Does that anointing continue to abide in you today?

Does it still live in your heart?

Do you continue to believe on the name of the Son of God?

SINGING>> I know that my redeemer lives and ever prays for me.
I know eternal life he gives from sin and sorrow free.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know, I know eternal life he gives.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know that over yonder stands a place prepared for me;
a home, a house not made with hands most wonderful to see.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know, I know eternal life he gives.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.

ROBERT >> I’d like to thank you for watching the program today. Our interest in our viewers with regard to our program is about eternal salvation. It’s not about money. I’s not about anything like that. We’re interested in your soul. And the Bible says that for a person to be saved, they have to first of all believe in Jesus Christ; but not just to believe in him generally.

You must believe that he is indeed the Son of God. He said, “Except you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins,” John 8:24.

But he also said that a person must repent of sins. That means to change your mind about your sinful past, to decide to change your action and to live for God.

“Except you repent, you will perish,” Jesus said in Luke 13:3.

Paul said that “God commands all men everywhere to repent,” Acts 17:30.

And the Bible also teaches us that in order to be saved, we have to be willing to verbally confess to others our faith in Jesus Christ.

Paul wrote to the Romans in Romans 10:10 how that “with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

But even that’s not enough, because the Bible also teaches that a person must be immersed in water to have their sins washed away by the blood of Christ. Peter said on the day of Pentecost to those who asked what they must do to be saved, Repent, “and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.” Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved,” Mark 16:16.

And when a person does that, they don’t earn their salvation; that’s just the moment at which the blood of Christ washes sins.

Revelation 1:5 tells us that “it is the blood of Jesus that washes away our sins.”

Acts 22:16 tells us when the blood washes. “Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the name Lord.

” I hope you’ll study these things for yourself to see if they’re really so according to Acts 17:11, and I hope and pray that if you’ve not obeyed the gospel that you will before it’s eternally too late. Maybe you have questions or comments or requests or you’d like a personal home Bible study or special prayers.

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SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream
of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall, sing to me of heaven,
sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low
till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream
of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

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