Robert Chambers - Holy Anointing Oil - Olympia - 1948

Read Exodus 30:22-33.  This is regarding the holy anointing oil which God commanded Moses to make and which is a type of the Holy Spirit.  The 5 ingredients were precious things and intended by the Lord to speak of the most precious things.  All God wants to do is to bind us to heaven and to wean us from this present evil world.  Moses was told to make the holy perfume a few verses further on.  The one is typical of the Holy Spirit coming down from heaven and the other is typical of what goes up to heaven from His people.


I wish we were all more Holy Spirit conscious.  As the Lord's servants seek to preach and teach, they are nearly always teaching and preaching about Jesus.  That is correct.  "We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord."  When Jesus was in heaven before He came to the earth, the Holy Spirit was in the earth.  That is why David said, "Take not Thy Holy spirit from me."  When Jesus was in the earth, the Holy Spirit was with the Father in heaven, and when Jesus returned to heaven He said He would send the Holy Spirit.  This was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost.  Some teach that the Holy Spirit falls on people.  True, it fell on those on the Day of Pentecost, but the language of the New Testament after that is that those who believe receive the Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit.


The purpose of anointing is threefold. Anointing is an Old Testament expression and anointing is a New Testament expression, and it is peculiar to the Gospel:

1. The first purpose of the anointing of God is "That they may minister unto Me in the priest's office," Exodus 30:30.  Apart from this holy anointing oil, no priest had the right to minister.  The Holy Spirit never took our nature upon Him; Jesus did, but the Holy Spirit helps us to subdue our own nature.  Jesus left us an example and the Holy Spirit guides us in that path.  The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one, and you can't divide them.  God's people are one and you shouldn't divide them.  They may be scattered but will soon be together again - two here and ten there, etc. You can destroy church property, etc., but you can't destroy what is in the hearts of men.  You can kill them, yes, but Jesus said, "Fear not them that kill the body and have no more that they can do," Luke 12:4.  We are made kings and priests unto God and every one has the right to minister unto God. If you have only one person to speak to, be sure God is listening and all the angels are interested and know if the soul gets saved.


The story is told of a little girl whose dad was talking to her.  He was getting near the subject of her behavior and she said, "Oh, let's change the subject!"  Sometimes we are feeling like that at convention when the Lord speaks to us and gets too near the subject of our behavior.


An airplane crashed.  The men looking for it asked a little boy with a sling-shot if he had seen a plane go down.  He put the sling-shot behind him and said, "Please, sir, I didn't do it."


And then there is the story about the colored man on the witness stand. "Sam, you know what it means if you don't tell the truth?"  "Yes, I go to Hell."  "You know what it means if you do tell the truth?"  "Yes, I go to jail."


2. The second purpose of anointing is in 1 Corinthians 14:3.  In the 13th chapter, he speaks of faith, hope and charity.  These are things we don't merit and can't win.  They are given by God through His own Holy Spirit.  In chapter 14, "Follow after charity and desire spiritual gifts." That's different.  It is in some to be musicians and in some to be artists. These are things which have roots in you, for you can cultivate them.  But faith is not like that.  It comes by hearing.  1 Corinthians 14:1, "Rather that ye may prophesy."  That is the greatest of all gifts and is the second purpose of anointing.  That is, that we may speak unto edification and exhortation, and comfort.


3. The third purpose of anointing, 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, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord."  This third purpose of anointing is that we might have the same attitude toward the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives, the blind, and the bruised as Jesus had.  When we speak, remember that if what we say hasn't God's anointing and isn't accepted of Him, it is nothing.


There are three evidences of anointing:

1.  The first is a Godly interest in poor, needy people.  In Isaiah 1:17, it says to relieve the oppressed and to plead for the widow.  And that is said in connection with ceasing to do evil and learning to do well.

2.  The second evidence of anointing, Psalm 133, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to swell together in unity!  It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard:  that went down to the skirts of his garments." All the body is anointed.  All the body of Christ is anointed.  God is anxious that you and I will have a true Godly interest in His body in every state and in every country of the world.  The Psalmist then gave another picture.  "As the dew of Hermon."  If dew falls, it falls on all.  Mount Hermon – just like the oil went to the whole body.  You say some may be wrong.  That's none of my business.  My business is to keep right and if there are some who are wrong, perhaps I'll help them to get right.  There is no other way to help.

3.  The third evidence of anointing, Psalm 2:1-2, "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord, and against His anointed, saying." The children at school were questioning a little girl at school whose parents were professing.  They asked why she didn't say brother so and so, or they were calling her sister.  She said, "It doesn't say Brother Matthew and Brother Mark and Brother Luke and Brother John," and she was getting along well until she came to Brother Acts! She was already bearing a little of the reproach.  The kings of the earth gathered against the Lord's anointed.  This suffering will always follow the Lord's anointed wherever they go.


There were three things never to do with this oil:

1.  Exodus 30:32, "Upon man's flesh shall it not be poured."  The anointing of God is not in man's flesh.  Flesh is weak.  The Spirit of God isn't on man's flesh but He speaks through the lips of men.

2.  "Neither shall ye make any other like it."  This is the second thing you are never to do with the oil.  Do you think anything else in the world could take the place of this anointing?  God couldn't force this ministry on the religious world; they don't want it.  All the world could have this ministry if they were willing.  All who preach could see what we see if they were willing.  A babe who was leaving convention said, "There never was anything like it; there couldn't be."  The same was said by the Lord thousands of years ago, "You shall not make any like it."  

3.  Exodus 30:33, it was not to be put on a stranger.  This anointing of the Holy Spirit belongs only to God's people.  Oliver Wendell Holmes being in a certain city thought he was driving up to the university.  He stopped at the gate and was informed that he was at the insane asylum.  His wit came to the fore and he said, "There isn't much difference is there?" "Yes, there is; you have to show some improvement before you get out of here!"  Oh, that we would show some improvement!


The 5 ingredients are mentioned in the New Testament:

1.  John 14:16, "I will pray the Father and He will give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever"  Verse 26, "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit (Ghost is a sixteenth century word), whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring.."  This is the first of the things the Holy Spirit will do for you today.  That's why the truth becomes clearer to you day by day and year by year.

2.  John 14:26, "And bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."  He will help you to remember in days of trouble and trial the things you have heard.

3.  John 15:26, "He shall testify of Me."  The Holy Spirit is always testifying of Jesus.

4.  John 16:13, "He will guide you into all truth."

5.  John 16:13, "He will show you things to come."


I hope we may all be more Holy Spirit conscious in days to come.