THE FUNCTION OF AN UNCTION Andy Hollifield 9-30-17
1 John 2:20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
Unction——(1) an act of anointing, (2) something soothing or comforting (3) the shedding of a divine influence upon a person (4) the manifestation of spiritual or religious inspiration
Divine inspiration from God by the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost. The presence of the Lord and the manifestation of his power is soothing and comforting if you are living pleasing to him and fearful and unsettling when you aren’t. The word “unction” is used only once in the entire bible but there are many occasions where there is evidence in one’s life that they had an unction from the Lord. The purpose for the title is not just for the fact of it being rhyming words, but more importantly because it always creates action by us or at least the need for it.
As I began to think about this there was a very simple thought that came to mind; you don’t need an unction if you aren’t going to do anything. An unction, or anointing, is only necessary to accomplish a purpose concerning the Lord’s will. Why would God put something on your heart to witness to a lost person if he knows you won’t say anything to the person anyway? In 1 John 2, John is cautioning the believers to beware of false doctors and teachers. Beware of those that think they know more than they really do. Beware of those that come teaching and proclaiming something that is contrary to the doctrines of Christ and him crucified. He also tells them to beware of those that once walked with them but no longer did. Then he explains why he is talking to them. He tells them he is not writing because they don’t know the truths of Christ but rather because they do know the truth. And the reason they know the truth is because they had received that anointing from the Holy One. That manifestation of the Spirit in their lives when they knew that he had spoken to their heart to do something. If we are living a life pleasing to God and attentive to his voice, when he speaks to our heart we will know it is him, without question or hesitation. That assurance of what the Lord wants us to do will give us the grace and courage we need to be obedient to God.
The bible is full of people, especially in the Old Testament, that were operating under the divine leadership of the Lord. Had they not been; they would never have set out to do the things God had commanded. I know I mention him quite often but Noah is one that comes to mind. With the undertaking that God gave him to do, a man would have had to have an “unction” from the Lord to subject himself to all of that ridicule he must have taken. I am sure there were probably times when he may have prayed and asked the Lord if he had misunderstood him speaking to his heart. I don’t have bible for that but it is my opinion based on the fact that Noah was a man just like I am. I am left to assume that God always heard and answered his prayer without delay because we don’t find where Noah ever quit building or preaching for a hundred and twenty years.
Another such person was Abraham. Can you imagine the Lord giving you an unction to pack up your family and start traveling not knowing where you were going or how long it would take to get there. I would guess that it went pretty good for a couple of days but when he got hot and tired that all changed. Don’t you guess that as he got wearied with the journey he might have questioned God, not because of any confusion on the Lord’s part but because he might have began to doubt that he had understood the Lord right? I believe you could also put David in that category at least when it comes to his adultery with Bathsheba and the subsequent murder of her husband. In 2 Samuel 11:1 the bible says that David’s trouble all started “at a time when kings go forth to battle.” He knew the duty of the position the Lord had placed him in yet he stayed at home and his lust for Bathsheba was the catalyst for all of the trouble that plagued David until his death. If he had only have done his duty, then not only would Uriah have lived, but also his son Amnon, who raped his sister Tamar, would have lived also instead of being killed by his own brothers.
If you look over into the New Testament you will also find several examples from the shepherds that proclaimed the birth of Jesus, all the way to the woman at the well in Samaria that perceived he was a prophet. Look in Acts 2 at the disciples on the day of Pentecost. When the crowd began to accuse the disciples of having been drunk, the Holy Ghost nudged Peter to begin to preach and 3000 got saved.
Has the Lord given you an unction? Has he nudged your heart pertaining to what he wants you to do? You will never fully enjoy the blessings of life until you have obeyed the unction of the Holy Ghost. What could the Lord accomplish with us if we were more sensitive to the workings of the Spirit of the Lord? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!