It was love without limit or restriction—agapéos—that motivated God to make provision for man’s sin-sick soul through the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is this love that we are commanded to show toward each other, that will be the distinguishing characteristic of the disciple of Christ, for Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” In order for this love to be real, we need to rely more on the power of the Holy Spirit than we do on ourselves.
The anointing of the Holy Spirit is one of five ministries of the Holy Spirit that we receive when we accept Christ as our Savior. The Holy Spirit regenerates us—He gives us new Spiritual life. The Holy Spirit baptizes us—He cleanses and purifies us for the work that is before us. The Holy Spirit indwells us—He takes permanent residence in our hearts, never to leave us. The Holy Spirit seals us—He places His mark of ownership on us that no one can remove from us. The Holy Spirit fills us—He takes control of our lives and our actions as we yield ourselves to Him. Of these five ministries of the Holy Spirit, four are permanent and may never be lost. And it’s in these four ministries of the Holy Spirit that we find our anointing. The fifth ministry—the infilling of the Holy Spirit—can be lost when we choose to rebel against the Holy Spirit and do things our way instead of His way. Thus, we should petition God to help us to surrender ourselves to the anointing we have received.
The anointing of the Holy Spirit goes beyond a mere emotional experience. The Bible tells us about Elijah, hidden in a cave. There, Elijah experienced a mighty wind and an earthquake and a fire, but God was not in any of them, but when those things had passed, God came to him in a still, small voice (I Kings 19:9-13). By the same token, spirituality should not be equated with the absence of emotion either, for Psalm 107:2 admonishes the redeemed of the Lord to say so. But we must recognize that the Spirit desires to more to us than just wrench us emotionally, but the Spirit desires to equip us for ministry. We can shout in the Spirit and not be equipped for ministry, and we can be dignified in the Spirit and not be equipped for ministry. In the final analysis, God will judge us on the basis of whether or not we moved to meet the needs of people in the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us.
Jesus tells His disciples on the night before He suffers that, if we love Him, that love will be made known through our obedience to Him. And He promises us that this love will produce something wonderful in our lives—the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. And the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives will result in a transcendent peace.