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Anointing of Holy Spirit

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“Anoint” means to set someone apart, to authorise and equip him or her for a task of spiritual importance. Jesus Christ is set apart by the work of the Holy Spirit for his ministry of preaching, healing and deliverance. The Holy Spirit sets Christians apart for their ministry in Christ’s name.

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Jesus Christ anointed by the Holy Spirit

The Messiah’s anointing is predicted

“Messiah” means “anointed one”.

The Spirit anoints Jesus Christ at the start of his ministry


Jesus Christ declares his anointing

Luke 4:18–21 ESV
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
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The first Christians declare Jesus Christ’s anointing

Acts 4:26–27 ESV
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed’— for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,

Evidence pointing to the Spirit’s anointing in Jesus Christ’s ministry

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Believers anointed by the Holy Spirit

The Spirit anoints God’s chosen people


Anointing enables Christians to stand firm

2 Corinthians 1:21–22 ESV
And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

Anointing guards Christians against falsehood

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