Did you know there is a direct correlation between anointing and unity, linking your connection with the Lord and community? There is a link between how well we play with others and that wonderful opportunity to see very chain broken by the power of the Lord in your midst!
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The Psalmist writes this:
A Song of Ascents. Of David.
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.
Psalm 133:1-3 ESV
In the past, reading this verse I was not focusing on the picture.
To what does He liken brothers dwelling in unity?
To the anointing of Aaron, the first priest of the Most High receiving the outpouring of that special blend of oil and fragrance in preparation for his high calling. He would be the one who stood before God for the people. He would be the one who carried the burdens from the people to the Lord. He would be the one who carried the word of the Lord to the people
We are a people of the priesthood. No longer is there a mediator—a go between—for us. We are called to come before the throne where we can bring our own offerings—our praise—our worship—directly to the feet of the Lord. He speaks to us and we bring His word to those we touch.
But the anointing is diminished, or perhaps impossible, for the lone rangers among us. [Tweet this]
There are aspects of the faith walk that are lonely. There are times where like Jesus, we may walk in the wilderness alone, or like Paul, spend time in Arabia. But those are not the bulk of life, and those are not days of ministry to others.
It is interesting to note that in all the major passages that detail the gifts of the Spirit or the gifts of Christ, we find strong exhortations for love.
It’s most striking in 1 Corinthians where Paul tells us more about the gifts and their operation than anywhere else. Nestled in the middle of his discourse on how to behave when we gather, and what kind of manifestations we might expect in the body of Christ we find this pearl of great price -1 Corinthians 13.
Again in Ephesian 4, where we learn of the Gifts of Christ, if you take I giant step back while reading about the gifts listed in verse 11, you’ll find that it is swimming in a conversation about living in unity.
Once more in Romans 12, Paul teaches on the gifts in the context of unity and love. (Romans 12:3-10)
In Galatians Paul tells us that faith works through love,
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. - Galatians 5:6 ESV
Mull on that with me for a while.
I’ll come back to this soon, but check out these scriptures with me as see if there isn’t a link between the power of the Spirit and the unity of the Body?
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