7446 - Anointing - 1 John 2:27


Audio transcript

Friend, it’s such a joy to have an opportunity to discuss God’s Word together.

In our study of 1 John we have been carefully walking through those verses in chapter 2 in which John is strongly warning the believers in the church –– the body of Christ –– regarding the false teachers which have appeared in the Church near the end of the first century.

Today lets seek the deep meaning of 1 John 2:27. Let’s read this verse and then we will discuss it.

1 John 2:27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit --just as it has taught you, remain in him.

The focus of John’s thoughts in this passage is the rich heritage every believer has in the anointing by God.

Anointing was a common practice in Old Testament times. This act involved pouring oil or rubbing balm on someone or some thing, often for the purpose of setting this object apart for God’s use.

This concept is not so common in the New Testament. In this verse the inference is plainly the anointing of the believer with the Holy Spirit; and the one who performs the act of anointing is identified in verse 20 as the Holy One. That would be Father God.

We learn more about this anointing in 2 Cor. 1:21-22 which tells us: “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”

In this passage God is plainly identified as the one who does the anointing; and the Holy Spirit is marked as the one with whom we were anointed.

Do you see the picture? Father God anoints us, pours His precious Spirit into the heart of each and every believer. His Holy Spirit is sent to take up permanent residence in each Christian.

Did you notice that the Spirit is made as a deposit which guarantees what is to come –– that would guarantee all the precious promises which God has given to His children in the Bible.

Another observation from this verse is that God’s anointing is also called a seal of ownership which is placed upon believers. Consider that this seal of ownership identifies us to every ministering angel from God. But it also is a distinguishing mark for the spiritual host of wickedness and the evil spirits which follow the bidding of the authority over the evil kingdom. Satan and his host are out to rob every believer of the peace which Jesus has given us, and to do his best to destroy any positive witness which a Christian should have before a darkened and needy world. You might say every Christian is a “marked man.”

Looking at verse 27 again we notice that God’s anointing remains in you. In John 14 (16) Jesus told His disciples that the Father would send another counselor who would be with them forever. Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit who would come into the inner being of every Christian and take up residence on the permanent basis.

This truth is in stark contrast to the Old Testament reality. David prayed “Do not take your Holy Spirit from me” (Ps. 51:1). In those days, the Holy Spirit came upon an individual for a period of ministry, and left when that ministry was completed. The Holy Spirit’s presence on a permanent basis was not a part of the saving work of God in the Old Testament.

This verse also says that you do not need anyone to teach you, because his anointing teaches you about all things.

This does not set aside the need for the gift of teaching with which God equips some people. Nor does it negate the necessity of institutions which teach God’s Word to future leaders in the Church.

It does mean that God has anointed each Christian with the Holy Spirit who is available as the resident teacher of God’s Word within each person who will open the Word and spend time and effort to learn, and grow.

The closing thought is that the anointing instills within us the sense that we should and must remain in Him –– to abide in Christ. God never intended the Christian life to be lived by self-effort.