What is your Anointing; Is it with Oil, Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost?

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India

Email: Pastor True Gospel


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1. What is the common meaning of anointing?

A beloved sister, her name is Nancy, asked me to explain the meaning of the word 'anointing' from the scripture. This is a simple word; the meaning of anointing is to 'put it on'. Anointing has two parts in it; one we see, the other we do not. For example, in the old testament, God anoints his kings and priests by anointing them with oil. The oil was poured on their head, it flows through their body, people saw it only on that day; but they were installed as priests or kings, and their position was permanent. Bible says, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; it is to freshen up your face; such things are not even considered as anointing. We apply oil on the sick to pray; prayer and oil are two parts. Jesus Christ anointed his spit to heal a blind man. The spit did not bother; but healing was valued. A woman anointed the feet of Jesus with ointment. It is to honor him. The fragrance and the value of the ointment are the one that made it special. So, anointing has two parts, one part disappears, and the other stays. In the new testament, two anointings that God gives are special. One has only one part, it is the Holy Spirit. God seals or anoints a repented believer with the Holy Spirit, and this Spirit remains in the person as a gift. The other is the Holy Ghost. The believer is anointed or baptized with the Holy Ghost, as the oil in the old testament. Then the Holy Ghost leaves, but the gifts that are given to the believer during the anointing or baptism, remains with the person to do the ministry of God. So, the gifts stay.

2. Holy Ghost is God; Holy Spirit is the Spirit of man.

The true God, the creator of all that exist, is the "Three in One"; most Christians refer him as "Trinity"; he has three souls, or he is three persons in one omnipotent Spirit. In the new testament, these three persons are God the Father, Lord Jesus Christ, who is in the Spirit, (he is no longer a man), and the Holy Ghost. So, the Holy Ghost is one of the three persons in God. He is God. If you like to study about God in detail, please refer to these links: 1, "Three in One." 2, "Mystery Fellowship."

A human child is born with a soul and a body. As the child grows, as it is difficult to live a godly life, he may ask God to give the Holy Spirit for help. God will give the Holy Spirit to such a person, as a gift, and this Holy Spirit will be the third part of the person, it is us. So, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of man. That is, the Holy Ghost is God, the Holy Spirit belong to man, or he is one third of a man. If you like to study in detail about Holy Spirit, please refer to these links: 1, "Holy Spirit." 2, "Spirit is Gift."

Usually, Christians think that Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost are the same with different names; but it is not so. The Holy Ghost is God, and he governs the ministry of God's church, which is the body of Christ. So, he gives gifts to people, at the baptism of the Holy Ghost, or even after that. It is in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. "1 Corinthians 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will." The Holy Ghost gives gifts, such as prophesy, healings, miracles, etc. A lot of people become famous and rich using these gifts. Many of them become greedy, tell lies, exploit people, and so on; and God will cast such people in the lake of fire because of it. But, the Holy Spirit is a different gift, as small as a candlelight, and the Holy Ghost is compared to the light from the sun. But Holy Spirit will not leave you unless you grieve and quench him. And he will not make you rich or famous. Instead, he will guide you to godly life. If you follow his ways, he will lead you to eternal life, will be your spirit body, and glorify you as the sun. Which of these two gifts, do you rather have for your spiritual and eternal life? For details of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, please follow these links: 1, "Receive Spirit." 2. "Spirit Glorifies." 

3. Holy Ghost is the anointing; Gifts are for Ministry.

John the Baptist said in "Matthew 3:11, I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:" So, Jesus Christ will anoint, that is, baptize people with the Holy Ghost. Baptism is bathing the people in water or in Spirit and take them out. So, Holy Ghost baptism is to immerse the people into the Holy Ghost and to take them out. In a way, it is to introduce the Holy Ghost to people in a meaningful and experiential way. So, there are two spiritual experiences happen during the baptism of the Holy Ghost. 1, It is the exciting emotional experience of touching and feeling the Holy Ghost; 2, It is receiving spiritual gift or gifts from the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost leaves after the experience, but the spiritual gifts remain with us. If you like to know more please click study: "Spirit Baptism."

During the baptism, the Holy Ghost will give one or more spiritual gifts to the believer. If you like to know more about gifts, please follow this link: "Gifts from God." Jesus Christ told his disciples after his resurrection that they should not to depart from Jerusalem until they receive the Holy Ghost baptism. It in the book of Acts 1:3-5. "Acts 1:3 To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence." Accordingly, they received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. At the time of baptism, they received gifts also from the Holy Ghost. Holy Ghost baptism is the anointing, as the kings were anointed in the old testament with oil. Kings ruled the kingdom of God in this world. The anointed people will take care of the kingdom of heaven in this world, it is to do the ministry of God. The anointing and the gifts are the credentials and license to do the ministry of God. For more points, please refer this link: "Holy Ghost Baptism."

4. Rebellious Prophets and believers are in Churches.

States, bible colleges, and churches are giving ordinations and licenses to graduates to serve as pastors. But God does not consider these qualifications; and so, they are null and void in the site of God. I am ordained and licensed to be a pastor by the state and by the church; but my true qualification is that God has baptized me with the Holy Ghost to minister; and so, I am a qualified servant of God. However, this baptism is neither needed, nor it will take you to eternal life. You cannot and will not go to heaven because of the Holy Ghost baptism. Despite having the baptism of the Holy Ghost, many people go to hell, since they became false preachers. Further the baptism and gifts are not the sign for being godly, since God gives such gifts to rebellious people also as in "Psalm 68:18. It says, Thou (it is in Ephesians 4:8 also) hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them." So, many rebellious ungodly people show themselves as servants of God, do healing ministry and such, twist the word of God, preach as the serpent preached in the garden of Eden to Eve, and they become rich and famous. They can deceive people, but they cannot deceive God. God will cast them all into the lake of fire. Let me give a page with the list of false teachings for your study, link: "The List." This is generally about false churches, link: "False Church."

5. False Christs- Teachers- Prophets, and another Spirit.

Most Pentecostal churches have adopted many false doctrines for themselves to become popular. In order to excite people, they use the words anointing, spirit, gifts, signs, healings, wonders, miracles, etc. The word anointing and the spirit are on the top. Most of their vocabularies are fake and lies. It is just for a show to convince others that they are special, spiritual, strong, and growing; whatever that is. They are not of God, but of the flesh and of the devil. Jesus Christ refers such people as false Christs, who are fake workers. "Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." These false workers and false prophets will have power since the devil gives his power to them to deceive believers. "2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." God will throw them into the lake of fire. Unfortunately, Christians flock themselves behind such preachers and are deceived. Many such pastors and preachers are in high positions of big denominations, and deceive many, by their twisted doctrines. There are a few articles about false preachers. Let me give you one link: "False Gospel."

In the old testament, onetime 250 false prophets were against Moses and Aaron. "Numbers 16:2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: 3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron,..." There were 450 prophets against Elijah. "1 Kings 18:22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men." Every prophet of God faced the same thing. Even today the situation is not changed. Today every false prophet and false teacher is well situated in churches, and Christians are very happy with these deceivers, and they hate the truth. Now, the true Lord Jesus Christ is God in the omnipotent Spirit. Nobody can do anything to him. If he is a man as before, Christians may have rejected him and crucified him again as before. Christians love to sin so much to the extent that they hate the truth and the omnipotent God in the Spirit. Instead, they love the venerated man Jesus as God, like Hindus worship venerated men as Gods. It is for a show. Let me give a couple of links if you like to see more scriptures. 1, "False Christs." 2, "Our Worship."

Let me explain the prophesies of today. The serpent teaches very easy method to become prophets and to be as God. It is in "Genesis 3:4&5. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." This the teaching of the Serpent to them. The old testament has thousands of blessings. There is a condition attached to every blessing. That is, God will bless them, if they do what he says. Please look at this verse: "Deuteronomy 11:26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, ..: 28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, ...." But the devil tells them not to show the condition, and just use the blessing. Give these blessings to anybody and everybody, as if all the criminals and ungodly people are eligible to receive all blessings of God. Give the blessings to everybody freely. If you do, then you are a prophet or a promise giver and a servant of God. False preachers, who are the servants of another Jesus, who is Satan, promote this method. Christians love it, and dive right into it; and now the Christian world is filled with such prophets; they have good following, become famous, and they make good money. This is the situation of Christian world of today. In their world, sinners do not have to repent and to be converted, but we all can become servants of God with power and can become prophets overnight. We can become famous. It is by the "anointing" of today. Who anoints Us? It is the Old Serpent, Satan the devil. Please, stay away from such deception. Let me give a couple of links, if you like to know more: 1, "Old Testament Promises." 2, "Paul Washer."

6. Holy Spirit is sealed; Sealing is to anoint with power and promise.

To begin with, God gives good conscience to everybody. If we are good, and value our good conscience, we will live for God. And if we are evil, we will not come to God. It is in John 3:19-21. "19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." If they are good in their heart, yet if they could not live a godly life, they must ask God for help. Then, God will give them the Holy Spirit, since the Spirit will lead them to godly life. "Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" So, God anoints, and gives the holy spirit as a gift to them. "Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit." God tells not to grieve or quench the Holy Spirit. If we do, we will not be redeemed. Even though the Holy Spirit can guide us in godly ways, he is as small as a candlelight. Christians think that Holy Spirit is God. But the Holy Spirit is not God; he is just a gift from God to us.

"2 Thessalonians 2:13 ... God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:" This is a very important scripture. It says that our salvation is through our sanctification; that is, we must go through the process of sanctification, for our salvation. And we will get it, only if we love the truth. "14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ." Then only, we will get the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ in heaven. In Ephesians it is referred to, as the gospel of our salvation. "Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory." Only after we believe this gospel of our salvation, God anoints or seals us with the Holy Spirit or gives it to us as an earnest for eternal inheritance. Earnest is an advance sum from a total sum, which will be given to us on a latter day. It is like a layaway money. Here, the total sum will be our eternal inheritance. So, not only the holy spirit belongs to us now at present, and if we keep the conditions of God, we will receive our inheritance on that day. So, the Holy Spirit is the most important gift in our life, since without this we cannot go to heaven. The Holy Spirit is for our righteous and holy life. If you like to study more, follow these links: 1, Jesus Christ says that you must be Born Again. "Born Again." 2, We are Souls, born in Flesh, and we must be born again, of the Spirit. "Born of Spirit."

7. Who anoints Old Testament blessings on new Believers?

All the old testament commandments are given only to the Jews, but not to Gentiles. Even the ten commandments were revised by Jesus. "Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:" So, Jesus Christ has removed the entire Jewish law, which are in the old testament, to include gentiles for salvation, and now both Jew and Gentile are one. The old testament is still the word of God, and it is for our study and to know the glorious things of God, but not for our eternal life. It is for knowledge and understanding. But nobody, either Jew or Gentile, should follow anything from the old testament for eternal salvation, but follow what Jesus Christ preached. But preachers want to keep the Old alive to exploit believers. They quote old testament blessings without conditions, become famous and make money. New testament believers love the fake deceptive promises, without knowing that they are fake. Servants of Satan still preach them.

God the Word became Man Jesus. He did miracles and healed the sick, for the people to know that he came from God. He did not preach healing, did not preach prosperity, but preached us to inherit the kingdom of God in heaven. Jesus Christ baptizes with the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost gives us the gifts of the Spirit, for people to know that we are servants of God. What do we do? Instead of preaching believers to inherit the kingdom of God in heaven, we preach healing, prosperity, to speak in tongues, higher anointing to become prophets and to make more money. Are we the servants of God, or the servants of the deceiver, the devil? Such people are filled in churches. Jesus Christ tells us in "Matthew 7:22&23 that Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." They all will take their anointing to the lake of fire.

Jesus Christ tells us in "John 3:5&6, 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." It is about the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of man. This is the single gift that will give inheritance in the kingdom of heaven. The Holy Spirit is not spectacular to show yourself to the world, but he will make you humble and obedient to God. It will help you inherit the kingdom of God in heaven. You will be glorified and be with God for ever if you are under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and grow in the Spirit and power. Be careful not grieve or quench the Spirit. Be born-again; be anointed; that is, be sealed with the Holy Spirit.

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Matthew 28:20, & Mark 16:15. Jesus Christ preached his commandments to obey, as his Gospel; it is the true Gospel to inherit Eternal life. Genesis 3:1-4 & 2 Corinth 11:2-4. But Preachers, who are Serpents of Satan, preach the life of man Jesus just to believe, but not to live as a chaste virgin, as the gospel; it is another gospel, which cannot and will not give Eternal life.

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