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This section will be composed of the
1. The Divine Call
2. The Anointing
1. The Divine Call
As a Christian, we
all have received a call to redemption and to be a light to a lost world;
but not all are called to the ministerial offices. The call in this case
is God revealing to someone His purpose for them in ministry. Paul was
called to be an Apostle but never started out that way; he never began the
work of an Apostle until ACTS 13:2, when the Holy Ghost said “Separate me
Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” Philip
started out as a Deacon before he became an Evangelist (compare Acts 6:1-5
with Acts 8:5-39). God will not put a novice into a place of leadership
(I Timothy 3:6). It takes time for spiritual maturity and to become
ROMANS 12:7 Or
ministry, let us wait upon ministering…..
Moses spent 40 years
in Egypt and then another 40 years in Midian, on the backside of the
desert before God called him
The Lord Jesus spent
his life as a carpenter, until the day the Holy Spirit as a dove,
descended upon Him. David was anointed to be King of Israel as a young
boy, but never attained to the office, until about the age of 30. David
did not have the maturity or experience as a young boy to lead a nation.
1 CORINTHIANS 12:28
and God hath set some in the church, first Apostles, secondarily
Prophets, thirdly Teachers.
Notice that these
callings are by the Lord and not man, only God has the right to call to
his service as he chooses. We give recognition to the person called, by
the laying on of hands, in acknowledgement of God's choice.
ACTS 26:16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto
thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these
things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will
appear unto thee. (Compare with Acts 9:1-22).
ROMANS 1:1 Paul, a
servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an Apostle, separated unto the
gospel of God.
1 TIMOTHY 1:12 And
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that He,
counted me faithful putting me into the ministry.
EXODUS 3:3-5 And
Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush
is not burnt.
Vs.4 And when the
Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst
of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, here am I.
Vs.5 And he said,
draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place
whereon thou standest is holy ground.
The mention of the
holy ground, was God's symbolic way of letting Moses know that the calling
of God is a holy thing and the removal of his shoes, represented a
consecration to the call. The Holy Call requires a Holy Consecration,
without it; there will be no Holy Ghost power.
1 KINGS 19:19 So
he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing
with 12 yoke of oxen before him, and he was the twelfth; and Elijah passed
by him, and cast his mantle upon him.
ISAIAH 6:8 Also I
heared the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send and who will go for
us? Then said I, Here am I, send me.
Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Vs.5 Before I
formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of
the womb I sanctified thee, and ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
1 SAMUEL 3:8 And
the Lord called Samuel the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and
said, Here am I, for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the Lord
had called the child.
2. The Anointing
The word anoint
means to rub with oil and is symbolic of the divine anointing of the Holy
Spirit, which is the enablement of God, to fulfill the call of God. The
anointing covers a much wider range then just preaching or teaching. If we
only see the anointing as the stirring to preach or teach, then we are
missing much of what the anointing is about. As an example: A Pastor
fulfills all the duties of his call by the anointing, whether it be
teaching, counseling, encouraging, or admonition. The winning of souls is
the mark of the anointing of an Evangelist. It is the Holy Spirit who
anoints the call and the anointing is the evidence of Gods call: no
anointing, no call.
of Jesus Christ
LUKE 3:22 And
the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a
voice came from heaven, which said, Thou are my beloved Son; in thee I am
LUKE 4:1 And
Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from the Jordan, and was led
by the Spirit into the wilderness.
LUKE 4:18 The
Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to
preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the
blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.
ACTS 10:38 God
anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went
about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for
God was with him.
Thou haft loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even
thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.