Beloved of the Lord,
"The Anointing" that is within and upon our spirits, as the children
of God in the Christ, is One Anointing: both as to the Lord
Jesus, our glorious Head, and as to us, the members of His Body.
This is one thing to state, and to accept, mentally, as a scriptural
truth; but another matter altogether is it to accept and to enter
into it experimentally, as it affects our relationship and service
in the Body of Christ.
Our Lord is the Anointed One. This is His title - the Christ. But
what are the dimensions of this Anointing? What does the title
John the Baptist knew Him not. But there was vouchsafed to him the
revelation: "Upon Whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and
abiding upon Him, the same is He that baptizeth in the Holy Spirit."
This is the Christ: the One in Whom and upon Whom the Spirit of the
Godhead rests. The Anointing is the measure of God in Christ; that
is, without measure: infinite.
The very fact that He baptizes in the Spirit of God proves His
Deity; for Who can baptize in the Spirit of God save God Himself.
And Paul spoke of His Heavenly Glory in the Eternal Anointing, which
is now His as glorified Man in the Throne. Thus - He "is a visible
image of the invisible God"; "in Him dwells all the fulness of the
Godhead in bodily form"; the angels of God ascend, and descend upon
the Son of Man; "we behold Jesus crowned as Victor with glory and
honour." And many such other passages reveal the infinite dimensions
of "The Anointing."
But in Him we have our fulness. "Of His fulness have all we
received; and grace corresponding to His grace." It is of His
Anointing we receive. We are joined to the Lord and are one Spirit:
this for our inward life of grace. Even so it is of His Anointing
that we share for our manifest life of service. The Spirit both in
us and upon us is One Spirit.
The point we are coming to is this. The Baptism of the Spirit by
which we share His Anointing is not a blessing for individual and
separate service, but for corporate and universal service. We are
baptized into the Body for the Body's sake, for the sake of the
Anointed One, the Christ, that the Kosmic Purpose of the Body's
completion and consummation might be realised.
We are led to press this home upon your hearts because this is what
the Lord led us to in this Whitsuntide Conference.
There is One Anointing descending and abiding upon the whole Body of
the Christ as in this world; but we must get under the
Anointing, under the Covering of the Glory of the Lord. He would so
gather us, under His wings, the shadow of the Almighty.
How can we thus come? Under the Blood by the Cross? Yes, but with
more than a sense of individual need. We must gather under the
Anointing of our Glorious Head with the vision of a blood-bought
church (Acts 20:28). Oh, it is the church, the Body, that God is
Listen to the Spirit speaking of this gathering under the One
Anointing in Psalm 133, and then heed the closing words: "For there
the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evemore."
There is a baptism into the death, burial, and eternal life of our
Lord; but this is also the baptism by which we are made members of
His Body; it is into One Spirit. There are no exclusively personal
and individual ministries in this One Spirit. They are all Body
ministries, in the Body, and for the Body. If your conception of the
Anointing is of a local and personal blessing, how far are you from
the truth! "Discernment of the Body" is the key to the work of the
Spirit both in you and through you. These are days when there is a
recurrence of much speaking about "gifts." But all the gifts are
within the compass of the One Gift, the Gift of the Spirit of the
Incarnate God in the Glory, to His Church. And what is His
manifestation? What was it upon earth in the days of the Anointed's
flesh? It was the Divine Love in its passion "agonizing" against
sin, and all that is involved therein, and resisting unto the blood
of the garden and of the Cross. Herein is Love; and herein is the
Is such a Spirit dwelling in and upon us? This is the Anointing. Its
manifestation in this kosmos is, within the church, the very Love of
God in and for all the saints; without the church, a fearless loving
witness among men; a testimony against the fashion and corruption of
this world, against the flesh, and against the devil. This is "how
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit, Who went about
doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, because
God was with Him!"
Such a Spirit alone has the gifts within Himself that can edify the
church, both in its corporate life and in its gathering unto itself
those ordained unto the same eternal life. But the manifestation is
the Divine Love - John 13:33,34. The chapter of the Divine Love (1
Corinthians 13) is sandwiched, you observe, in the midst of Paul's
analysis of the gifted life; it is only as our gifts are found
emerging out of the very love of God that they are profitable either
to the church or to the world of men. But this is to come back to
our first word - the Anointing is One Anointing of God the Father,
Who by the Eternal Spirit dwells within and upon the Son of His Love
in the Body of Glory, and it is out of that fulness that all we
receive; and so the ministry is one, as the life is one;
and in all the world there is one work of the Spirit going
on towards the triumphant consummation of the church, the
TRANSLATION. The Anointing is Kosmic for that purpose. Beloved of
God, are you right under "the Anointing"?
Yours for such a unity of place in the Spirit.