We grow from faith to faith, from glory to glory, and from grace to grace (Rom. 1:17; 2 Cor. 3:18; John 1:16). What many believers don’t realize is that they can grow from anointing to anointing, or from one level of anointing to another.
The anointing is related to faith, glory and grace. If faith increases, the anointing we operate in will definitely increase also. We will pray with greater boldness over sickness and speak with greater authority over demons. The anointing of power will be demonstrated in greater measures.
The glory of God is manifest in the presence of God (Ex: 40:34; 2 Chron. 5:13-14). With greater presence, there is always greater demonstration of anointing and power (Luke 5:17; Mark 16:20). If the glory of God increases in our lives, the anointing will increase proportionately. The grace of God not only includes salvation but also relates to ministry gifts (Rom. 12:6; Gal. 2:9). Ministry gifts come by an anointing on our lives (Acts 10:38; Cor. 1:21). Therefore, if we grow in grace, we will definitely grow in the anointing on our lives.
The Holy Spirit is received in measures
We receive a measure of the Holy Spirit upon our lives when we were born again (Rom. 8:15; Eph. 1:13-14). We received the “surety” measure of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:14) (Greek word “arrhabon” means pledge or surety). So when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, we received the ‘Baptismal” measure of the Holy Spirit (Acts. 1:4-8).
Some Christians find it hard to comprehend how the person of the Holy Spirit can be measured. They dislike the thought of measuring the Holy Spirit. To these Christians, I would encourage you to remember that the bible speaks of measures of the Spirit (Num. 11:17; Acts. 2:3; John 3:34). Who can comprehend how the Holy Spirit can be in me and in you and in all believers in Jesus Christ? I believe the key to grasp this is to understand that the Holy Spirit has the peculiar quality of being measured and being omnipresent.
By now we can come to two conclusions. Firstly, Jesus made it clear that everyone who believes in Him can potentially receive the same anointing that He has. Secondly, we do not receive the full measure of anointing instantly but we grow from one lever to another until we reach the level Jesus operated in.
The greater works of Jesus
The question is then asked, “what about the greater works”? Some said the greater works mean the spiritual work of the Holy Spirit giving the born again experience, others said it would be the growing of new organs such as arms and legs. In Matthew 15:30-31, we read about how Jesus not only healed but made the maimed whole, all of these are considered the works of Jesus. Of course in these last days there will be many more creative miracles.
The secret for doing the greater works Jesus spoke of, I believe, can be found in John 14:10-11.
Do you not believe I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father that dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I Am in the Father and the Father is in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said that all the works He did, were done by the Father in Him. Note how He emphasized His union with the Father. He said that it was not Him but the Father in Him who does the works. All He has to do is keep abiding in the Father and let the Father abide in Him, and obey all that the Father in Him tells Him to do. It’s that simple. Jesus operated the anointing upon His life through union with the Father.
Therefore, the secret of our doing the works of Jesus and greater works is for each believer to walk so much with Him, like Him, and in Him that Jesus in us thought the Holy Spirit can work out the will of the Father in this generation today.
The Anointing of the Holy Spirit
Peter Tan Ministries