Presented by: Pastors, Calvin Bergsma & James Bugg 
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▪ Anointing Defined
▪ Progress and spiritual growth
▪ Its Significance in the Old Testament 
▪ Its Purpose & Practice in the New Testament  

1 John 2:20, 27  “But you have an anointing (unction) from the Holy One, and you know all things… But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that any one teach you… But as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie (counterfeit)…”

1 Corinthians 1:21 “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God.”

The words “anoint” and “the anointing” are largely practiced in Pentecostal, Full Gospel or Charismatic circles but also to some degree… most true Christian churches.

The act of smearing or pouring of an unctuous (oily) substance on the head or body of a person on an object.
The practice of anointing for religious reasons came from the normal use of oil in cosmetics and medicine.

  1. According to ancient writing a king was anointed in the 16th century B.C.
  2. Another document refers to the anointing of Baal.


  1. The secular anointing for comfort and health purposes as well as for wounds and curing diseases.
  2. The host would respectfully anoint the head of a guest.  
    “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil, My cup runneth over.” Psalm 23:5
  3. Israel used the anointing with oil especially to anoint three kinds of people:
    (1)  Prophets
    (2)  Priests
    (3)  Kings
Yet one man was never anointed for more than one office.

1 Samuel 16:13 - “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him (David) in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.”

Verse 14 - “But the spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him.”

David’s anointing symbolizes the coming of the Holy Spirit upon God’s servant for his work--with authority, strength, and honor.


When Elijah found Elisha plowing in the field, the scripture says when he passed by him and threw his mantle on him.

There is no record of him being anointed with oil.  However, many believe it was explained by Isaiah in Chapter 61
”The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor;” Isaiah 61:1


The ministry of Jesus began after His baptism in water.

Matt. 3:16 “…Jesus came up immediately from the water and behold the heavens were open to Him; and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.”

● Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit was immediately led into the wilderness… 
● Then Jesus returned in the power of the Holy Spirit!

Luke 4:17-18 “…and He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah.”
“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 proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord!  
He closed the book and sat downand the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.”

 Jesus claimed the anointing of the Holy Spirit to
  1. Preach the good news to the poor
  2. Miracle of mercy
  3. Deliverance

Luke 10:17 “Then the seventy returned with joy saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your Name” 
Verse 19, “I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Acts 2:22, Peter said, “Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested by God to you, by miracles, wonders, and signs, which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know.”
Acts 10:38, Peter - “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil for God was with Him.”

Jesus Christ, the anointed one - Messiah

Jesus was anointed as…  Prophet, and Priest and King

After the Day of Pentecost the disciples immediately entered into a full supernatural ministry.

NOTE:  Five supernatural signs were promised by Jesus in Mark 16.  
(Four of these signs were manifested in the book of Acts.)
  1. Speaking in tongues (the Day of Pentecost)
  2. Healing of the sick
  3. Casting out of demons (Paul and Phillip)
  4. Poisonous snakes (Paul on the Island of Malta)
  • Same anointing of the Holy Spirit rests upon the believer as it rested first upon Jesus.
  • The believer is led into the supernatural ministry, because of the Holy Spirit anointing.
  • When the Word is preached the anointing has no limits.
John 3:31-34 (NJ) He who comes from above is above all others; he who is of the earth is earthly himself and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven bears witness to the things he has seen and heard, but his testimony is not accepted by anybody; though anyone who does accept his testimony is attesting that God is true, since he whom God has sent speaks God's own words, for God gives him the Spirit without reserve

When the believer is born again, the Holy Spirit baptizes him into Jesus Christ.   Jesus then takes the believer and baptizes him into the Holy Spirit - one faith - one Lord - one baptism.

The calling begins at the altar with repentance - faith toward God.  
It continues to the river being baptized in water.  (To fulfill all righteousness).

Baptism is immersion - it has a deeper meaning.

We are buried with Him in baptism.  We are raised to walk with Him in a new life 
(in Him we live AND move AND have our being).

From the water of baptism the believer goes into the “upper room” for a baptism (immersion) into the Holy Spirit.  This experience opens our lives for supernatural ministries through the anointing.                                  

Effective ministry calls for this anointing!