“The Lord spoke to Moses and said. . .prepare the sacred Anointing Oil. . .Anoint with it the Tent of the Presence and the Ark of the Testimony, the Table. . .the Lampstand. . .the Altar of Incense, the Altar of Burnt Offering. . .You shall consecrate them, and they shall be Most Holy” (Exodus 30:1a,25-29a) NEB
There are in the interplay between God and Man, between the heavenly and the earthly, between the invisible and the visible, symbols, types and shadows to provide a visible and tangible expression of the holiness of the Divine. Anointing oil is one such symbol of the sacred Presence.
Prophets, Priests and Kings were consecrated to the Lord through the pouring over them of the precious Anointing Oil which though physical in nature was the manifest expression of the reality of the Spirit of God (cf. Exodus 29:7; 40:9; Leviticus 8:12).
The Anointing Oil is poured out for consecration for service to God, physical healing for the body, and an outward sign of Holiness to the Lord.
Anointed: (Heb. Mashiyach, from Mashach): To be anointed with oil, consecrated, Messiah
The Anointed One, the Messiah: The Anointed One, was the One of whom the Prophets spoke (cf. Daniel 9:25-26; Psalm 2:2; I Samuel 2:35). This is the One Who bears upon Himself the witness and expression of the Holy. Thus Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled the words of Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because He has Anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted; to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn” (Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:18-19).
Anointing: (Gr. Chrisma, from Chrio): To make contact through smearing or rubbing with oil, to consecrate to an office, an unction or special endowment, The Holy Spirit
“But the Anointing which you have received of Him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you, but as the same Anointing teaches you all things, and is the Truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in Him” (I John 2:27).
This is the blessedness of being in Christ, in the Anointed One, and the blessedness of having the Anointed One abiding in us (cf. John 15:4). It’s the Anointing working in us, teaching us all things, revealing the Truth, guiding, instructing, correcting, encouraging us to continue in the Light and Life of the Word. It’s by the Anointing you have been consecrated in the Anointed One, our Prophet, Priest and King, so that even now as you abide in Him, you are Most Holy unto the Lord.