WHY DID GOD CREATE MAN?
Week 18 --- The Service of the Levites
Thursday --- Scripture Reading: Exo. 30:30; Psa. 133:2; 1 Cor. 4:1; 2 Cor. 3:6; 6:4
“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Cor. 1:21-22)
The Lord has enabled us to be ministers of a new covenant, because He desires that we govern the coming world. This ministry is not of the letter, but of the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:6).
We saw that the anointing oil used to anoint those commissioned by God in the Old Testament is a type of the Holy Spirit. In the Spirit are the Lord Jesus’ divinity mingled with His humanity, expressing the work of the Triune God and enriching the human virtues.
In order to serve God, Aaron had to be anointed (Exo. 30:30). As the anointing oil was poured on his head, it ran down on his beard and then, to the edge of his garments (Psa. 133:2). At that time, they used physical oil, but now, we have something spiritual.
In order to serve God in the New Testament, we have the Spirit within us as the abiding anointing we have received from God (1 John 2:20, 27). This Spirit is composed of the very Person of the Triune God as well as with the work of Christ. Everything that we need is available to us in this all-inclusive Spirit; in It is the solution for every problem of our soul-life. Within the Spirit is the element of the Lord’s death and its efficacy, as well as His resurrection’s essence and efficacy.
The minister in the Old Testament received the anointing of the holy oil and fulfilled their commission. Likewise, we, the ministers of the new covenant, have been anointed to carry out our commission as ministers of the Spirit (1 Cor. 4:1; 2 Cor. 3:6; 6:4). In order for Aaron and his sons to fulfill their commission in the old covenant, Moses had to anoint them with the holy anointing oil. Today, in the New Testament, all we have to do is to call “Oh Lord Jesus!” in order to have the reality of these Old Testament types.
In order to govern the coming world, it is indispensable that we receive the anointing of this compound Spirit. Previously, the anointing was something physical and outward, yet now, it is something spiritual and within. As we call “Lord Jesus!”, the Spirit, as the anointing, comes and anoints our spirit. Hallelujah! When we call on the Lord’s name, we are led to the Spirit that gives life to us! This is the compound Spirit: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; the work of the Father, of the Son, and of the Spirit are all in It. Praise the Lord!
The compound Spirit is the very Person of the Triune God.
Is the physical oil still necessary in the new covenant? Why?