SAUL’S ANOINTED AND HIS LACK OF FAITHFULNESSMay 12, 2019 2023-04-05 19:12
SAUL’S ANOINTED AND HIS LACK OF FAITHFULNESS
Let’s look at the account of Saul and how he partially obeyed God (1 Sam. 15:9-11). Saul shifted blame for sin away from himself onto his people (1 Sam. 15:15). If you assign blame, you cannot truly repent of your sins. Saul did great things, but he did them with incomplete or wrong motives. Thus, God rejected his position of leadership (1 Sam. 15:17-23).
The rejection of Saul’s anointing was made final in 1 Sam. 15:26-28. The Spirit of the Lord then departed from Saul, meaning the special indwelling given for the purpose of leadership was gone (1 Sam. 16:14). Before Jesus Christ, many great men of faith experienced the Holy Spirit and once the work was done, he would leave.
Jesus has not died on the cross yet during these accounts. Man was still contaminated with sin and they could not have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit for the rest of their lives. During these times, men needed to sacrifice often to atone and to cover the sin in their lives. A righteous God could not find His dwelling in a sinful man. It was a hard life for these people because they did not have the Holy Spirit within them to make the right choices, and they had to wait on God to “come upon them” before they felt Him. The weight of sin was upon them. The coming of Christ broke mindsets for the early church. For the first time, the anointing came, and it remained.
27 As for you, the anointing that you received from
him abides in you, and so you do not need anyone
to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about
all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it
has taught you, abide in him. (1 John 2:27)
In the passage above, John tells us here that the anointing that they received did not leave! It did not “come upon” and then “leave” from them again and again. Instead of pushing through with their own pure will power, they had a Helper in their corner—the Holy Spirit. For the first time ever, a righteous God can dwell in a sinful man, because he was cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ, who takes away man’s sin.
Unlike the Old Testament prophets, when God calls and anoints you, He deposits the anointing inside your spirit. You carry it everywhere you go. It is not “your anointing,” but it means you have a power reserve in your spirit that the Holy Spirit can use as he pleases. Moreover, the Holy Spirit does not need to wait until you are “righteous” according to the flesh, but he just needs to wait until you are ready and willing to fulfill your purpose.
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