How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10:38 KJV)
The deeper our understanding of the Holy Spirit and His operation in our lives, the more we can cooperate with Him, thus experiencing greater dimensions of God’s glory. This devotional will unpack the nuanced relationship between the Holy Spirit, God’s power, and the anointing—three distinct yet intertwined concepts.
In Acts 10:38, we see God anointing Jesus with the Holy Spirit and power. Let’s begin by exploring ‘power.’ At its core, God’s power is a spiritual virtue, a non-living entity in the spiritual realm akin to a tangible spiritual substance. It can even transfer through inanimate objects, like a piece of cloth (Acts 19:12).
Although spiritual power is a non-living thing at its core, it always has its source from a spiritual being. Hence, power emanates from persons. Even demonic power can be traced to a demon, a living spiritual being. In contrast, God’s power comes from the Person of the Holy Spirit; the Spirit indeed is the power of God. This close relationship explains why scriptures often use the terms power and Holy Spirit together and sometimes interchangeably.
In contrast, the ‘anointing’ is distinct. It is always tied to a creature, in our context, God’s people. It is the Person or/and the power of the Holy Spirit in us, making us be or do things beyond human capacity. For instance, God’s Spirit in you has anointed you to be a child of God( 2 Corinthians 1:21, Romans 8:9-11). Likewise, the ability to prophesy is the anointing at work within us.
Like Jesus, you have received an anointing—infused with the Holy Spirit and power. Embrace this and shine brightly!
Reflect on the tangible outcomes of Jesus’ anointing in Acts 10:38.
Apply the Word
You are anointed—to be and to serve! God has consecrated you as a Christian and for greater works. Go about and do good, healing all oppressed by the devil because God is with you!
Invite the Spirit to guide us in collaborating more effectively with Him.
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