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An unction

1 John 2:20 {KJV}

“But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things.”

  It was long my understanding that an unction was an emotion similar to an “urge”.  However, in this verse, the word “unction” actually means anointing. Thus, the NKJV has translated it more accurately in that the verse reads “You have an anointing from the Holy One…” The reason that I am illuminating this verse is because of my own misunderstanding. When I believed that I had an unction from the Holy One that I though meant I had an “urge” from the Holy One, then very often I would not move as God called and created me to move because I didn’t feel the “urge”. I didn’t feel the “unction”. Therefore since I have come to know that the word unction actually means “anointing” I no longer wait until I “feel” anything in order to walk in the works that God called and created me to walk in. Furthermore, Isaiah 61:1-3 give us a very clear understanding about the anointing that we have received. To be clear, we are given the Spirit of the Lord because we are anointed, the Spirit of the Lord is NOT the anointing as Is 61:1 illustrates:

  “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance four God. To comfort all who mourn ; to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of hoy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. “

First of all, let it be established that this passage is prophetically speaking of Jesus Christ the Messiah. However, since we are in Him and He is in us and as He is, so are we in this world, then this passage can also be applied to us. It is obvious from this passage that God gave us the anointing, the unction to accomplish all of the goals set forth in the passage and then in order that we might be successful in the initiative, He gave us His Spirit upon us and in us. For with God, nothing is impossible, and He wanted to shore up the fact that we are with God!

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