“But we have an unction from the Holy One and ye know all things.”
The world and all that inhabit it are obsessed with the need for a man to prove himself and show his worth. The hunter displays his trophies, the farmer brags about the fruitfulness of his field, the businessman parades his awards and the scholars flaunt their certifications. Titles and qualifications are appealing to the people of the land. The natural eyes of man are drawn out after such things and the pride of life reciprocates these accolades with high praise and honour. Yet the child of grace, though tempted with the desire to excel after the flesh and be counted worthy of his fellow man, knows that this glory of Adam is as vain as the grass of the field.
This elder apostle, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, writes to his fellow companions in the patience and tribulation of Jesus Christ as ‘little children’. This term of endearment demonstrates his love for these fellow travelers and his identification with them in the trials and tribulations which daily beset them. He is particular to reaffirm that this word is the same which was from the beginning and that nothing he or anyone else who is taught of the Spirit brings before them as the gospel of Jesus Christ can contain anything new. If the Spirit be with them, then they know that the Word is true. If the word be not true, for it does not attest to the testimony that Jesus is Christ come in the flesh, then the Spirit does not abide. The testimony of truth of the Spirit is from faith to faith and it is the hope by which the children are saved.
The truth then is stated clearly, “little children it is the last days”. Over two thousand years ago the Spirit proclaimed that the last days were come and gave a witness to the fact in the presence of the anti-Christ. The anti-Christ is not a man that should overtake the world by military campaign, political maneuvering or financial windfall. The anti-Christ is any and all that are contrary to the anointing. The gospel of salvation was proclaimed by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. If a man come among the brethren and says he has a new word then that which is given, he is contrary to the anointing. If a man comes as the messenger of God and denies that Jesus of Nazareth was and is the Anointed of God “who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil” (Acts 10:38), he is not of the anointing. If someone deny the sovereignty of God over all things in that “the kings of the earth stood up and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and His Anointed; for of a truth against Thy Holy child Jesus, whom Thou hast anointed, both Herod, Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do whatsoever Thy hand and Thy counsel determined before to be done” (Acts. 4:26f). These be anti-Christ and the fact that they were among the ‘little children’ was a manifest token that the last days had come.
“And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary; it shall be an Holy anointing oil” (Ex. 30:25).
The oil of the Law of Moses was for the purpose of anointing those things which God had commanded should be built and then after He empowered His chosen people to perform the work, He instructed them to make sure that all was done after the pattern given in the mount. God would not accept anything that did not meet His specifications nor would He command any but that which was proper to be anointed for the use in the Tabernacle. He commanded that the Tabernacle and all the furniture be anointed as well as Aaron and his sons; “and consecrate them and sanctify them that they may minister unto Me in the priest’s office” (28:41). No man took this station unto himself. He must first be of the tribe of Levi, wherein his entire life and all his possessions were joined unto God and his law. Then he must be of the house of Aaron and he also must be without spot or blemish. This man was then to strip off his common clothing, wash himself in the Laver and be adorned in the garments of the sanctuary. This man was then anointed with the Holy oil to testify to all who could see, hear and smell that he was suitable for the ministry.
When Jeroboam departed from the nation with the ten northern tribes, he caused all Israel to sin in that he set up a counterfeit Temple, made his own feasts and holy days and ordained priests not of the proper tribe or order. The ruse was good enough for the natural eyes of the people who did not care for the truth and were given to believe and follow the lie. These were the same as went out from among the church because they were not of the brethren. They present themselves as being something or someone but they have no right, no portion and no memorial. They preach the traditions of man for the doctrine of God and liberally garnish the ointment of the apothecary with copious amounts of dead flies.
The Prophet said “Can two walk together unless they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3). Those who are of like precious faith have the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. This fellowship is not restricted by geography or confined by time. It is the fellowship of the sufferings of Jesus the Anointed and the power of His resurrection. These have a common deliverance and the hope of glory within. Although the paths they walk are separated by time and geography, their walk is the same. They are born from above, being made to be partakers of flesh and blood, they find the waters to be bitter, there is no food to sustain them and the tabernacle of this dwelling is a body of death. In the appointed time, the Father has revealed Himself in them, they have the assurance of the Holy Spirit within and they walk by the faith of the Son of God who loved them and gave Himself for them. These be agreed and therefore they walk together.
“But ye have an unction from the Holy One and ye know all things” (2:20).
This ‘unction’ is the anointing. It is not derived by the placing of the hands of man upon another’s head while reciting some incantation or chant. Nor is it a second blessing that is obtained upon the completion of ritual or ceremony. It is the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon the Church of Jesus Christ.
When the Tabernacle was anointed and all the furniture therein it was symbolic of the unity of the Law. When the ram, the bull and all sacrifices offered with fire were anointed it identified them as part of the Tabernacle and when the ‘bringer of light’ (Aaron) was anointed it testified that there was One who is the anti-type of all that stood before the people in the wilderness. This Anointed One is Jesus. He came forth in the form of a servant to do the will of the Father, that is, fulfill the Law in all righteousness, save His people from their sins and redeem them from the house of the one who was stronger than them. When Jesus stood up in the synagogue and called for the books, He, who supposedly had no education, degree, qualifications or learning, “found the place where it is written, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recover the sight of the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord’” (Luke 4:17ff). Jesus told the people there that “this day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” for He is Messiah, Christ, Anointed.
He certainly is joined unto God for in Him dwelt the fullness of the Godhead bodily. He was not the bringer of light for He is the light of the world. He is the perfect sacrifice for sin which stood slain from the foundation of the world and when John saw Him, he said that “His feet like unto fine brass as if they had been burned in a furnace” (Rev. 1:15). He is the Tabernacle of God which is not with men (Emmanuel), He is the fire of the altar, the furniture of the Tabernacle and the sacrifices upon the fire. Each of these sacrifices were to be anointed with this Holy ointment and it was to be made to exact specifications so that when the fire burned, the smoke would be a ‘sweet savor unto God’.
The principle spices were to be the perfuming spices. They were pure myrrh (flowing bitterness) for the Anointed one is a man of sorrow acquainted with grief. He knows that the waters are bitter for He has been given the wormwood and the gall. It was also to be of cinnamon (erect) to show that the church of the Anointed stood firm and tall as a completed building before ere the world was created; Calamus (purchase) is the redemption and the wage of sin paid by the shed blood of the Lamb of God; Cassia (bowed down) signifies that He who thought it not robbery to be equal with God made Himself of no reputations and took upon Himself the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men, and being found in the fashion of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:6ff). This servant of the Most High was anointed of the Holy Spirit to experience the contradiction of sin against Himself and in His obedience to be made perfect in all that He learned. Thus He is the captain of our salvation, the author and finisher of our faith and the Head of the Church. The fruitfulness of His brightness (oil of the olive) is the beauty of His Holiness and the bringing in of many sons to glory.
“Thou anointest my head with oil” (Ps. 23:5).
The anointing which John speaks of is not an individual event that happens when one has attained unto a certain level of maturity in Christ or a sign of their readiness to enter into the service of the Lord. This anointing is upon the head and the head of every man is Christ. He is the anointed of God and as the oil of the anointing unifies all the parts as One so His body is unified as One in Him in His anointing. This anointing Holy oil flowed down over the head of Aaron, ran down upon his beard and even went down to the skirt of his garments (Ps. 133:2). This type demonstrated that all the sons of Aaron were anointed in this anointing and were consecrated for the service of the sanctuary. In the Anti-type, which is Jesus, it is thus that since there is One Lord, One Faith and One Baptism, so this One anointing is from the head of the Light of the World over all His body, which is His Beloved Bride. Therefore, whosoever is born of the Spirit, has the anointing of God and knows all things.
The format of the new covenant is that God would remove the heart of stone and give a heart of flesh; that He would write His Law upon that heart and put His Spirit within which causes the children of the Light to walk in the light of the Lord. “And these shall teach no more every man his neighbour and every man his brother saying, ‘Know Yehovah’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, saith Yehovah” (Jer. 31:34) and “all thy children shall be taught of Yehovah and great shall be the peace of thy children” (Is. 54:13). This is fulfilled in the Anointed One and His anointing. He teaches His children the truth by which they are set free from the lies of the ways of man. This lie is in each and every one who inhabits the tabernacle of this dwelling and is manifested in “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life” (I John 2:16).
His Spirit teaches His children the truth and there is no lie in the truth. Since all men are liars and only God is true, then in the teaching of the Holy Spirit there is no Adam. Since the Refiners fire is consuming the wood, hay and stubble and the house of Edom is the stubble, then there shall remain no residue of Adam when the fire has finished refining the dross and proving the gold within. When the trying of the faith, which works patience, has completed its assigned task, then shall there be no need for faith for then shall come the ‘putting off of this tabernacle’ which is temporal and the manifestation of that tabernacle not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
This is the promise which the Father has given, even eternal life. As the anointing oil covered Aaron’s body, unifying all parts, so the mist of the dew covers the sanctuary as it descends from above upon the exalted monument of the parched land. This is not attractive to the natural eyes for in it is no glitter, no value and no reward; therefore the builders have rejected this scorched place as worthless. But herein is the treasure of the Lord. He has hid it in the waste howling wilderness wherein there is a famine, not of water but of hearing the Word of God. Here, not in the cities of broad streets or the market place of the merchants of the world or even in the classrooms of those who have the excellency and mastery over the ancient languages, has Yehovah God commanded a blessing of life evermore (Ps. 133:3). And this is the promise that He has promised us, even eternal life (I Jn. 2:25) and to all who are “in hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began, but has in due time manifested His Word through the preaching” (Titus 1:2f), “therefore being justified by faith we should have peace with God, though our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God” (Rms. 5:1); “that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 3:7).
“These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you” (I John 2:26).
Brethren there are many who have not the anointing who speak in great swelling words on the busy corners of the world wanting to be heard for their much speaking. They come dressed in the clothing of a shepherd and a priest but they do not feed the flock. The true shepherd leads the sheep along the footsteps of the flock which leads to the Shepherds tent. Here they find rest as they feed on that which endures and sustains. The anointing of the Holy Spirit teaches the ‘little children’ “except you be converted and become as little children you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3) so that they do not need the teaching of man. The wisdom of God is the recognition of the number of man which the natural man thrives upon. The Spirit teaches the sons of God the ways of God which is truth. He also reveals unto them the lie which is in Adam. As the light of His glory shines brighter into their hearts as they grow in the grace and knowledge of His will, they see the vileness and corruption of the body of this death. The Spirit then groans with utterances which cannot be heard of man as He awaits the completion of the time of this habitation, the manifestation of the sons of God and the change, wherein we shall all be like Him.
The church of Jesus Christ is manifested here below with the offering of leaven because “I find in me that is in my flesh, dwells no good thing”. This leaven shall be no more when these booths are set aside and the heavenly Host is revealed wherein they worship Him in the beauty of His Holiness. Until such time comes to pass, there are many who would seduce the Bride and seek to call her away from Her one true love. And although the ears of Adam hear such things and the mind of man is enticed to seek after that which appears ‘new and exciting’ yet the testimony of the Spirit is that there is nothing new under the sun. She is His and His desire is upon her. Nothing can separate her from His love or tarnish the brilliance of His glory.
“Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is as cruel as the grave; the coals thereof are coals of fire a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned” (Song 8:6).
“Now He which establishes us with you in Christ and hath anointed us, is God; who also has sealed us and given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts” (II Cor. 1:21)
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
July 13, 2014