Open to I John 2:20.
The First Century was a time of confusion. The Eastern “Mystery Religions” of Isis, Serapsis, Semaramis, Cybelle and Mithras were flooding the Empire. These religions and Gnosticism taught a secret initiation that only a special leader could give was needed. Dark chamber, deep underground, flickering torch light robed initiates taken, secrets whispered and induction made often with orgy of sex or sacrifice.
Then initiated into secret. *That’s Paganism!
Now Exodus 28:41 ANOINT PRIESTS
Exodus 29:7 ANOINT PRIESTS
Exodus 29:36 ALTAR
Exodus 30:26 TENT
Exodus 30:30 PRIESTS
Exodus 40:11 LAVER
- GOD ANNOINTED PRIESTS
- I Samuel 9:16
- I Samuel 10:1 Anoint King Saul
- I Samuel 10:6 Spirit came
- I Samuel 16:1 Go Anoint David
- I Samuel 16:12-13 Anointed by the Spirit
- GOD ANOINTED KINGS
- GOD ANOINTED HIS PROPHETS
The ancient world knew of secret initiatory pagan anointing into special knowledge.
Old Testament truth taught that the Holy Spirit used anointing oil when He anointed prophets, priests, and kings.
I John 2:20 Anointing
In Greek the adjective is anointed. (substantive anointed Christ)
In Greek the noun signified
- Very life of Christ among men
- Second edition Christ
- Christ ones united with Him
Old Testament Messhiac
Let take a quick look at I John 2:18—Anti-Christ’s Coming.
- WHAT IS GOD’S PLAN?
Greek – Anointed ones
– union with Christ in God’s Will and Word
- WHO CAN GET THIS? V. 20, 27
o All who come to Christ
o No secret initiation
o Just freely, freely you have received…
UNION WITH CHRIST COMES AT SALVATION AND TO ETERNITY
It is the moment by moment communion that is so hard. Note John’s priorities:
John 14:21 OBEDIENCE
John 15 ABIDING
John 16:7-13 BEAR WITNESS OF CHRIST
John 17:26 DWELL IN US
That’s I John 3:24, 4:13
HOLY SPIRIT INDWELLING/ABIDING
CONFESSES CHRIST – ATTESTING VICTORY
I John 5:7, 3-4-5
So — ANOINTING
- I John 1:9CLEANSED HEART
(Hebrews 9:14, 10:22)
Christ is on our side — pleading for me!
–Not in any Greek text until 15th century
–Not in any Latin text until 5th century
–Not in Erasmus 1516 (First)
–Forced Erasmus 1522 (Second)
–Stephanus “Rt” 1550