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Factor-In The Anointing  

Through the redemptive work of Jesus upon the cross, we’ve been set free from sin, bondage, lack, and sickness and disease. We’ve been set free from the limitations and boundaries of small thinking and have been given His Word AND His precious Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all Truth, which is everything that Jesus has with absolutely nothing left out (John 16:13-15).

Through acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we’ve been thrust into the covenant of His Love and Grace, and what a mighty and powerful covenant it is. Upon entering into this covenant, there has taken place an identity exchange - He identified with us, so that we could identify with Him.

This is beautifully revealed in 2 Corinthians 5:21 - “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." He has removed our sin and given us the robe of His righteousness. This beautiful truth was foretold in Isaiah 61:10 - “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness...”

Within this covenant there is also an exchange of weapons to dominate satan and his demonic spirits, enforcing their defeat through the cross. No longer are we limited to our own fleshly ways, but have taken on His weaponry through the full armor of God that is listed in Ephesians 6:10-18 and also referred to in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.

Through this New Covenant, we’ve been brought into the family of God and now identify as a children of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, with all of the rights, privileges and responsibilities - Romans 8:16-17, and within this adoption, we have the right to His name being IN Christ.

He also took our weakness in exchange for His strength and empowerment. 2 Corinthians 12:10 - “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities (situations of weakness), in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong (with His strength).” Joel 3:10 - “Let the weak say, 'I am strong." Also, Philippians 4:13 - “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

The New Testament uses the term “in Christ” to describe this special covenant relationship. However, for many, this word “Christ” is shrouded in obscurity and has an uncertain meaning. Some may even think it's Jesus’ last name!

It’s a shame that the translators did not translate the word Christ for us, instead of giving us a shortened Greek word that most people can not identify with unless they are Greek.

However, the word Christ in the Greek is the word “christos” and has the meaning of - The Anointed One and also refers to the power and strength of His anointing. The Old Testament description of the word Christ would be Messiah, and is the Hebrew word Mashiac. This word means to smear and to anoint with oil, one who is greasy with the anointing, which speaks of His power, dominion, majesty, authority and ability.

So we see that the word “Christ” is Jesus’ designation or description of honor for who He is. He is The Christ - The Anointed One; and when we confess Him as Lord, we become one with Him, therefore becoming one with His anointing!!! That ought to make you want to shout!!!

Ephesians 2:13 - "But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ."

2 Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

When we read through the New Testament and come to the word “Christ” we should transliterate it as “The Anointed One and His anointing.” You will notice that many of the Scriptures that contain that reference will take on a deeper meaning, such as:

Romans 8:17 - “and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ (The Anointed One and His anointing).” Think of it - we are HEIRS with The Anointed One and His anointing!!! All that He is and all that He has. Are you beginning to see who you really are within the body of Christ (The Anointed One)?

Ephesians 2:10 - “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus (The Anointed One and His anointing) for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Oh don’t miss this: we were created IN the Anointed One for good works, ordained for His good works, and empowered to carry them out through His anointing!!!

Philippians 4:13 - “I can do all things through Christ (The Anointed One and His anointing) who strengthens me.” Wow! I love that. There is no lack to us because of this all powerful anointing. As a believer, I have His strength, His power in any and all of the situations I can or will ever encounter in life!!! His anointing is there to carry me through to victory!

1 Corinthians 2:16 - ... But we have the mind of Christ (The Anointed One and His anointing).

We have the right to His anointed thinking, creativity, wisdom etc. We are NOT limited to our natural abilities, thoughts and ways. We NEED to change the way we think as a Christian. Even this word “Christian” comes to life with new understanding and meaning, as one who is in The Anointed One and walks in His anointing with all of the privileges and rights as a child of God being a joint heir with Jesus (The) Christ!

With this understanding, you can see why Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7 - “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Now you know what that power is - His anointing - and that soundness of mind describes our true identity and the way we ought to think when we factor-in the anointing concerning the Word of God. Unfortunately, because we haven’t understood it as we should, due to cultural religiosity and watered down denominational thinking, we have lived FAR BELOW our birthright as children of God and as partakers of the New Covenant.

We should be factoring-in His anointing on a daily basis. Recalling to mind throughout the day, allowing His anointing to take center-stage in all that we do. When we pray for the sick, make sure to factor-in the anointing. When we begin to tell someone about the Lord - factor-in the anointing. In our marriage, relationships, interaction with our children and friends - factor-in the anointing. In our prayer life, in our worship - in all that we do within the Kingdom - FACTOR-IN THE ANOINTING!!! You can do what He says you can do, you can have all of what He says you can have, you can be everything He has declared you can be - and His anointing is there to carry you through to victory!

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
2 Corinthians 4:7

Dan Downey
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