True Anointing

And this is the promise He made us; eternal life.  I write you these things about those who would deceive you.  as for you, the anointing that you received from Him remains in you, so that you do not need anyone to teach you.  But His anointing teaches you about everything and is true and not false;  just as it taught you, remain in Him.  And now, children, remain in Him, so that when He appears we may have confidence and not be put to shame at His coming.  If you consider that He is righteous, you also know that everyone who acts in righteousness is begotten by Him.                                                        I John 2:25-29

” If we are anointed with the Holy Spirit, why do we need church?  The Spirit can teach me at home just the same.” or ” Since the Spirit teaches us, why read the Bible or pray, I’ve already united with Him, right?”

Crazy questions?  Then why is it that lay Christianity is as weak as it is, here in the U.S.?  Is it because we make excuses for our weakness with crazy questions like this?

 “So that you do not need anyone to teach you…” As St. Augustine said in HomilyIII, “Do not suppose that any man learns ought from man.  We can admonish by the sound of our voice; if there be not one within that shall teach, vain is the noise we make.”  This is why christian unity is so very important.  Only the “true” anointing will lead to all truth.  anything less leads to deception and ultimately….death.  The Holy Spirit is stirred to action by the truth He hears, likewise He is grieved and quenched by our unwillingness to learn or by sin in our lives.

John finishes out this section by reminding us to “remain in Him”.  We do this by following the leadership of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  Yes, it comes from Bible study and it comes from prayer.  That is how we “show” ourselves abiding in Christ.  The Holy Eucharist is how we know that Christ abides in us.  And the body that was broken, and the blood He spilled for our redemption, allows us renewal of our covenant oath.  Christ is the faithful One, we are the ones that stumble.  Through His Body and Blood, and the love of the Father, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, is it any wonder Paul wrote, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”


One Response

  1. Good thoughts. This reminds me of a study recently done about angels. Kind of elementary, if they exists, it’s because we need it.


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