Who Is the Anointed One?
In the Old Testament, we are promised a “Deliverer” who is our Anointed and Messiah. The nature of His anointing isn’t with oil—it’s spiritual.
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,” Isaiah 61:1
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,” Luke 4:18
“The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,” Psalm 2:2
“After the sixty-two 'sevens,' the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed,” Daniel 9:26
These passages declare Jesus is our anointed Savoir who then proclaims these words in Luke 4:18. Christ says He anointed One who is anointed with the Holy Spirit. Several passages in the New Testament confirm He is indeed the Anointed (John 1:41; Acts 9:22; Acts 17:2, 3; Acts 18:4, 28).
Is It Biblical to Anoint with Oil Today?
Should Christ-followers anoint with oils today? There is no reason not to so long as we remember anointing with oil is a symbolic act. Nothing in Scripture forbids the act but no scripture commands it either because we have the Anointed One who leads us in all truth. He anoints us with His grace and wisdom as mentioned in 1 John 2:20, “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.”
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