Value of Being Anointed
“And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said
to me, See
that you do not do that. I am your fellow servant, and of
brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God. For
the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Rev
This verse had not opened to me, but I had a desire to understand
what it meant, so I sat with my harp and sang it over and
over, as I worshipped the Lord, saying, “For the testimony
of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Then I began to
understand, as the Holy Spirit will teach us all truth.
This is not speaking of the “gift” of prophecy.
Gifts are given to each of us, severally, as the Lord wills.
It is not the “office” of our being called as
a prophet. Rather, it speaks of the “spirit” of
prophecy. It was made known to me that this is an abiding
anointing that resides within me, and relates to my relationship
and communion with the Lord, whereby I “become”
This “spirit of prophecy” is formed within us,
through our submission to the workings of the Holy Spirit
in order to bring us into this deep personal relationship
with the Lord, in which we come to know His heart thoughts,
and feelings, and are enabled to give expression to them.
The “gift” and “office” of prophecy
are given, but the “spirit of prophecy” flows
out from our identity with the Lord in relationship, in which
we become so close to Him that we become the expression of
This “spirit of prophecy” relates to the “fellowship
of His sufferings” (Phil 3:10) and comes only through
a progression of experiences that identify us with the life
of our Lord. The anointing oil, as described in the Old Testament,
also was the result of a costly process.
“Moreover the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Also take
yourself quality spices - five hundred shekels of liquid myrrh,
half as much sweet-smelling cinnamon (two hundred and fifty
shekels), two hundred and fifty shekels of sweet-smelling
five hundred shekels of cassia, according to the shekel of
sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil.”
“And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil,
compounded according to the art of the perfumer. It shall
holy anointing oil.” Exodus 30:22-25 NKJV.
This anointing oil was not put together by chance, nor haphazardly.
There were specific ingredients which were mixed together
in exact proportions, and used only for a specific purpose.
Moses was told how to make this anointing oil, and it was
never to be changed. As we consider the ingredients that are
necessary in compounding this anointing oil, it will help
the sweet fragrance of His presence to come forth from within
Along with olive oil, there are four principle ingredients.
The first is myrrh, which smells good, but tastes bitter.
This word comes from a Hebrew word which means to be bitter.
It also has the meaning “to drop down as from a container
above.” This speaks of the grace that we receive from
the Holy Spirit so that, as we come through circumstances
which are difficult or bitter, we can better yield ourselves
to the Lord and allow the beauty and fragrance of Christ to
flow out from our lives.
The difference between bitter and better is simply the “I.”
Our motive in life should enable us to trust the Lord in the
night seasons, as well as during times of blessing, and then
walk through each and every circumstance with a desire to
please the Lord.
Myrrh has medical value, as it is used in costly ointments
to produce healing. There was a healing work accomplished
on the Cross of Calvary in our behalf, in which the Lord carefully
measures into our lives a new nature, which is formed for
our health and betterment.
There was no more bitter experience in all of history than
that which Jesus endured on the cross. But there is no sweeter
fragrance that has ever been released, than that which has
been made available to us through the redemption that was
wrought upon the cross in our behalf. The motive of Jesus
was to always please His Father.
The second ingredient is cinnamon. It both smells and tastes
good. But fire is required to refine the oil of cinnamon.
Cinnamon comes from a fine layer, which is under the bark
of the tree. It must be boiled to separate this inner rind
from the coarseness of the outer bark. Once this inner rind
is separated, it takes still more fire to bring forth and
refine the oil.
This speaks of the many purgings that take place within us,
in order to produce a pure reflection of the heart and mind
of the Lord - “the spirit of prophecy.” Wherever
there is true grace, there is always fire. We can better understand
this as we consider the words of John the Baptist when he
said that we would be “Baptized in the Holy Spirit and
The third ingredient is calamus. This has an unusually sweet
fragrance, but the more it is bruised and broken, the sweeter
it becomes. Only the Holy Spirit can do this, as this process
brings us into “the fellowship of His sufferings.”
(Phil 3:10). Jesus was “wounded for our transgressions,
and bruised for our iniquities.” He demonstrated the
nature of a lamb, as there was no retaliation or reaction.
His heart was set on revealing His Father and making Him known.
The fourth ingredient in compounding this anointing oil is
cassia. This means “to be shriveled up.” It has
the connotation of contracting, or bowing in giving reverence.
There is a worship that flows out to the Lord, as we make
Him first in every thing. Only then will all else fall into
its proper place. This also expresses the attitude we should
have toward others.
These four principle ingredients were then mixed with olive
oil, in order to produce this anointing oil. May this anointing,
as the “spirit of prophecy, ever flow out from each
of our lives, and bring spiritual life and healing to those