Moving in the Spirit -- the Anointing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. William Mark Bristow   
Friday, 16 December 2011 04:11
As we begin this teaching, please remember the cautions I have previously given. Hold in your mind in a place of upmost importance, that I am describing spiritual experiences with earthly carnal words. The danger is misunderstanding – a simple example comes to mind in trying to describe “falling under the power” – to someone who has not had the experience, it appears as fainting, or a trance of some sort. To you who have been “slain” by the power of God (read of the Apostle Paul and his men falling to the ground under the vision and encounter with the Lord in Acts 9) “fainting” is so far beneath the actual experience that it is a completely inaccurate description of the event. Thus is my dilemma in describing spiritual things. How to proceed? With utmost caution, methinks.
Ushering people into the presence of God.
Acts 2:1, is the key to bringing a people into the presence of God, “ When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” (NKJV) Acts 4:31-32 give more light, “ And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul;” (NKJV)
The Greek here in Acts 2:1 (one accord) is, “homothumadon.” It means: “with one mind, with one accord, with one passion,” according to Strongs Enhanced Lexicon.
I would probably say, “One mind, one heart, one accord.”
The key to understanding here is Jesus statement regarding divine governance and the church in Matthew 18:20, “ For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” The Lord speaks to John, “ Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God,” (To the church of Philadelphia in Rev. 3:12 KJV). And Paul makes clear, “ Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” (Eph 2:19-22 KJV). We further understand, that individually, YOU and I are the Temple of the Holy Ghost. (1 Cor. 6:19), but corporately – together – WE are the Temple of God. (1 Cor. 3:16) Understanding the implications here: When a congregation comes together to worship, it is akin to setting up the old Tabernacle. You and I are pillars (or living stones in the later Temple). The curtain surrounding the old tabernacle is the length of a Torah scroll and represents the Word of God. When we join together in one mind, one heart, and one spirit – one accord, and begin to speak the Word, sing hymns, praise – use the implements of worship, it is the spiritual equivalent of erecting the poles, joining them together with their rings and hooks, hanging the linen fence of the Word of God with the courtyard containing the altar of sacrifice (the cross) and the laver or washbasin (the Word of God cleansing us), erecting the Holy Place or inner court with its Old Testament pieces of furniture with – the Lampstand (the Spirit), the table of showbread (the Word of God given to the priests, the altar of incense (praise and intercession which ascends a sweet smelling savor to God). And the Holy of Holies, the innermost room with only the Ark of the Covenant (which represents Jesus Christ – being the throne of God on earth – as He sits between the Cherubim on the mercy seat). NOTE: The Tabernacle as a whole, and the ark of the Covenant represent in symbol both the corporate body of Christ as the “Church,” and the individual Christian as being a habitation for the LORD with Jesus living in our hearts – so individually we are an Ark – a throne of God and a Tabernacle or place of worship, a place of meeting with God.
The symbolism and metaphor here is so vast, it is impossible to treat it fully – you will do well to do a study on the Tabernacle. I’ll examine just one facet of the diamond here for your understanding. The Ark of the Covenant was made of acacia wood, covered in pure beaten gold (the Savior in his complete humanity and complete Deity). It contained, a jar of manna (Jesus is the bread from heaven, the 10 commandments and the law (He is the living Word of God made flesh), and Aaron’s rod that budded (He is the resurrection and the Life). The fulfillment is at the tomb at the Resurrection morn. And here, two angels were sitting to the side of the door of the tomb looking down and in. Jesus is the complete type and shadow, the fulfillment of the law and the prophets at the tomb at the moment of resurrection. Each and every piece – in fact, in exactly the same way, almost every weave of every cloth and intricate design of each piece of furniture represents some facet of Jesus and the cross.
As we mentioned, the tabernacle is a type of man – we are “portable tabernacles” if you will, with an outer- court (the flesh or body), the inner court or Holy Place (the soul or mind, will and emotions), and the Holy of Holies (the spirit of man – which is the “candle of the Lord (Prov. 20:27)) (1 Thess 5:23). Individually, we have the components of the tabernacle within as a believer.
The corporate understanding is what I desire to see in this teaching. When believers come together, we are the pillars, the fence is the Word of God, the Cross (altar of sacrifice) and washbasin or laver (Eph 5:26) cleanses us to become kings and priests unto Him. We then go about the work of worship, tending the lampstand (the oil of the Holy Spirit burns in the wick – which were the worn white garments of the priests – the righteousness of the saints. The light falls upon the showbread which is the warm – fresh Word of God – and the altar of incense is tended (the praise the prayers of the saints (Rev. 8:4)).
On the day of atonement, the High Priest would stand in full costume with the breastplate containing the Urim and Thummin (the mysterious items by which Israel ascertained the will of God, their name means, Lights and Turnings). They symbolize the Holy Spirits guidance – close to our heart in the breastplate. Some scholars believe there was a veritable “lightning storm” of lights and rainbow colors when these came close to the presence of God (The Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary).
The High Priest, now clothed in a special white linen robe, would stand with the living blood of the sacrifice, swirling in the cup in his right hand. In His left would be a censer of incense, he would be swaying back and forth to cause the ringing of the bells of his garment (which represent the gifts of the Spirit – the bells – and the fruit of the Spirit – the pomegranates.) Jewish teaching says that when everything was acceptable, the High Priest was translated – transported by God’s Spirit thru the veil into the Holy of Holies to place the blood on the mercy seat, and the cloud of incense protected him from seeing the Glory of God that might be damaging to his sinful body (God always shielded man from seeing his full glory – or His face).
The metaphor is this: 1) The outer court is a typical service where the Word of God is presented and sinners come to the altar for forgiveness of sins – and Christians come to the Word for washing at the laver. 2) The inner court or Holy Place, is where the typical Spirit-filled service goes, the revelation of the Spirit upon the Word (the showbread with the light of the lampstand) and praise, worship and intercession (the altar of incense). (One interesting point here -- In Exodus, the altar of incense is in the Holy Place with the lampstand and table of showbread. (Exodus 39). In the New Testament, after the veil was rent from top to bottom at the death of Jesus on the Cross (Matt. 27), the altar of incense is reported to be in the Holy of Holies with the Ark of the Covenant (Heb 9:3-4). The explanation seems that Jesus forever made the way for our praise and prayers to come directly before the throne through His priesthood after the order of Melchesidik without the need of a man – a High Priest after the order of Levi.) 3) When as Priests and Kings unto Him, our worship is acceptable; we are transported into the Holy of Holies – the throne room of God to minister before the Ark of the Covenant. Interestingly, whenever God was pleased with the Worship, Holy Fire fell from heaven and consumed the sacrifices, and either the Pillar of Fire or the Cloud of Smoke remained “seated” over the mercy seat of the Ark. Fire still falls and consumes the sacrifice – the fire of the Holy Ghost – falls upon US!
We offer continually sacrifices of praise, “15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. 16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”
(Heb 13:15-16 KJV), and WE are the living sacrifices, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1 NRSV). Few – churches enter here, and of those that do, it is by God’s invitation and transporting or fetching us into the dimension of His presence. This is the place where people hear the Angels singing and crying out before the Throne, “Holy, Holy, Holy” which mixes with our – worship – perfected by the Spirit – and we hear voices other than our own, and instruments other than our own, and see visions of lights and colors and the rainbow round about the throne with thundering and lightening and the smoke of His presence. That is the place I long for – where I set my goal for each service. Sometimes we minister in the courtyard with salvation and cleansing. Sometimes we go further into the Holy Place with revelatory teaching and intercession. But sometimes, we are caught into His presence. Here, the leader must lead by example. One cannot beg people into the presence of God, nor chide them to enter. Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” The leader must worship. I think the example here is the woman – some identify this with Mary the sister of Lazarus – grateful for the resurrection of her brother –lavishly pours a years’ salary out upon the Lord – some separate the two instances of John 12 and Luke 7 into separate occurrences, separate women – “ Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.” (John 12:1-3 KJV) “ And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.” (Luke 7:36-38 KJV) In both instances the worship is lavish – extravagant – extreme. Some years back, Steve Green sang this beautiful worship song – I wept when I first heard it. It describes real worship.
Steve Green - Broken and Spilled Out

Words by Gloria Gaither, Music by Bill George
Copyright 1984 Gaither Music Co./Yellow House Music. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

One day a plain village woman
Driven by love for her Lord
Recklessly poured out a valuable essence
Disregarding the scorn
And once it was broken and spilled out
A fragrance filled all the room
Like a prisoner released from his shackles
Like a spirit set free from the tomb

Broken and spilled out
Just for love of you, Jesus
My most precious treasure
Lavished on thee
Broken and spilled out
And poured at your feet
In sweet abandon
Let me be spilled out
And used up for Thee

Lord you were God's precious treasure
His loved and his own perfect Son
Sent here to show me the love of the Father
Just for love it was done
And though you were perfect and holy
You gave up yourself willingly
You spared no expense for my pardon
You were used up and wasted for me

Broken and spilled out
Just for love of me Jesus
God's most precious treasure
Lavished on me
Broken and spilled out
And poured at my feet
In sweet abandon
Lord you were spilled out
And used up for me
Thus the leader must approach the Lord in his own worship. We must take of the fire kindled by God from the altar of sacrifice of our lives and pour it back with what is most precious to us – unreservedly. To hold back for dignity’s sake is pride and will not allow us into His glorious presence. With reservation, one can enter the outer court, and even into the inner court or Holy Place, but God who knows the heart will only allow those whose worship is “in spirit and in truth” to approach the throne. If you and I as a leader can approach God’s throne, we can under the right conditions bring others with us (Esther, as the representative of her nation approaching the King – if he extends the scepter – the whole nation is saved. – However, each approach must be with Esther’s determination and unreserved, reckless abandon, “If I perish, I perish.”) Perhaps a study here on Esther’s preparation before her approach to the King would be wise. There are definitely spiritual implications if one wants to be accepted.
It begins with bringing people into one mind. In our day, this is usually done with praise. Praise affects the flesh. It is clapping and shouting, and dancing. (I’ll leave it to the reader to research the Psalms of David for the references.) Such bring us into one mind. As we begin to praise, worship, speak the Word of God, the presence of the Holy Spirit extends out from the individual believer – connecting with the Holy Spirit in other believers in the unity of the Spirit, so that as the ground around the bush that burned before Moses with the fire of God was sanctified with His presence, so the very atmosphere, the building, the “ground on which we stand” becomes sanctified with the Water and ashes of the sacrifice and the hyssop (the red heifer sacrifice and sanctification represents the previous encounters with God thru the Word (Jesus) which enable us to proceed into His presence).
The power of God, if you could see it, extends out in a visible aura – light or tongues of fire the scriptures call it -- of power from each believer until that “globe” of power surrounding the believer (think of the power that extended such that contact with Peter’s shadow would heal the sick) intersects with the aura of power from other believers present, until the whole sanctuary becomes saturated with the mighty Power of God. (Hebrews 12 speaks of the fire of God upon Mt. Sinai until the entire mountain was sanctified by God’s presence, such that neither man nor animal could come with a perimeter around the mountain or touch the mountain and live. Acts 2:2 says the Holy Ghost “filled all the house” where they were sitting – before the Holy Ghost filled the 120 disciples.)
We of course, who are redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb can come in contact with the very presence of God and live – at least to some degree. However, it is a serious thing. Ananias and Sapphria died because of deliberate unrepentant sin – struck down by the Holy Spirit of God. (Acts 5). Uzzah died (2 Sam. 6) when he mishandled the ark. It is a very serious thing to deal with the very power of the Living God. Jewish tradition says that when fire fell and consumed the first sacrifice at the dedication of the Tabernacle (Exodus 40), that the divine fire was kept alive either on the lamp or in coals and was used in all subsequent offerings. Thus the implication when Nadab and Abihu (Aaron’s sons) offered “strange fire” before the Lord – there is also evidence that they came drunk into God’s presence. Fire lept from the altar and consumed them – killing them. (Leviticus 10 & Numbers 3) The anointing of God’s Holy Spirit is not something to play with. I, personally am appalled at much that I see with people mishandling the mighty Power of the Living God for their own personal amusement and entertainment. (For example, I have seen ministers “point and shoot” imaginary “guns” with their hands for people to “go under the power” and such. In my opinion, not only is this ridiculous – it is sacrilege and mockery and dangerous – very dangerous and totally without precedent in the Holy Writ.)
Then we proceed to soulish worship – or that which affects the emotions of man. Most worship leaders, psalmists and songsters minister here. Most ministers of the Word minister here – affecting the emotions and the soul. It is where we “feel” – and we like to have a cathartic service where we weep, and laugh, and shout. Good church! We leave “feeling” something. This is the realm of shaking and tremors, and falling under the power – these things affect our soul – the mind, the will, the emotions, and by reason of the human container – our flesh. We have “goosebumps” and feeling of electricity moving through us. Few make it beyond this. But this soulish realm is not our goal. I don't mean to say that these things of God in worship are somehow "less" -- everything God has is good -- I simply mean to say, "There is more." Any entry into the things of God - the power of God - is glorious! But, there is more. I've worked and studied for 40 years with many great experiences and I've hardly scratched the surface! There is so much more!
Many people are not spiritual - not yet in their walk with God. They are emotional and soulish. Here a good musician who can sense the “mood” of the Spirit of God, can translate into music or Word, “emotion” that the worshipper can “feel.” Thus he can communicate even the spiritual experiences of the next realm, the Holy of Holies, (to some degree), to the worshipper who has not has his senses exercised by reason of experiential use. Standing here “Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10)” before the torn veil representing Christ Jesus - when we are caught into His Presence, before the Holy Throne of God to minister unto Him, and act as intercessor for the people (the job of the earthly Old Testament High Priest) – we are moving here in pure spirit – our spirit becomes the “candle of the Lord” for the Spirit of God to burn -- in us.
Here is the culmination of our worship – the bonding of the bridegroom (Christ) and the bride (the Church). It is in this place that the story of the lovers in The Song of Songs becomes reality, and experiences here are such that one cannot speak of them outside of this Holy place. This is where Paul was caught up in 2 Cor. 12 and he heard things unlawful to utter. This is where God wants to take us – when we come in full surrender, body, soul, and spirit.
The difference between standing in the Holy Place and standing in the Holy of Holies is subtle, and profound. In the physical tabernacle, it is only the distance of a few feet. However, the average priest could stand and minister attending the things of God day after day – but in the Holy of Holies, so great was the power of God that one wrong move for the High Priest on the day of atonement and he was killed immediately. As no one could go in to retrieve the body – a rope was tied around him, so the historian Josephus tells us. If the ringing of the bells stopped (from his swaying to make the bells around the hem of the Priests’ garment ring out so that people would know he was alive), the rope was used to pull the body out under the curtain. (By the way, we know our Savior is yet alive as the High Priest ever living to make intercession for us in the Holy of Holies today – because we hear the ringing of the bells with the gifts of the Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit.) Again, the difference between the soul realm and the realm of communion with God in the Spirit of the Holy of Holies is subtle, and profound. It is the difference between singing what you want, and singing what He wants – praying over your prayer list and praying over His desires at His instruction. Jesus himself had to come to that place in Gethsemene – and it is Gethsemene – a place of complete surrender when Jesus – the man who was as much man as though he were not God threw His will on the side of the will of God the Father, “not my will but thine be done.” The Savior could have put aside His humanity – as He was also, as much God as though He were not man. He made the choice as a man empowered by the Holy Spirit to surrender. It was of this great revelation, Theodore Monod penned the hymn, (used by permission)
Oh, the bitter pain and sorrow
That a time could ever be,
When I proudly said to Jesus,
“All of self, and none of Thee.”
All of self, and none of Thee,
All of self, and none of Thee,
When I proudly said to Jesus,
“All of self, and none of Thee.”Yet He found me; I beheld Him
Bleeding on th’ accursed tree,
And my wistful heart said faintly,
“Some of self, and some of Thee.”
Some of self, and some of Thee,
Some of self, and some of Thee,
And my wistful heart said faintly,
“Some of self, and some of Thee.”
Day by day His tender mercy,
Healing, helping, full and free,
Brought me lower while I whispered,
“Less of self, and more of Thee.”
Less of self, and more of Thee,
Less of self, and more or Thee,
Brought me lower while I whispered,
“Less of self, and more of Thee.”
Higher than the highest heaven,
Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last has conquered:
None of self, and all of Thee.”
None of self, and all of Thee,
None of self, and all of Thee,
Lord, Thy love at last has conquered:
None of self, and all of Thee.”
Although a few people (Ezekiel and John come to mind) were caught into this realm as an individual – the promise of this experience is when we come together as a church – “when two or three are gathered … there am I in the midst (the Ark of the Covenant) – the throne of God.” This is the paramount reason for not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together. Manifestations and Revelations of the Spirit happened with Israel gathered round the Tabernacle – manifestations that never took place for the individual. So it is with the Spirit today in the true Church. What should we expect in the Holy of Holies? Read the experiences of Ezekiel, or of John the Revelator – or Paul trying to describe his experience -- that should give you some idea. What is the purpose? This passage from Acts 4, where Peter and John defend the Gospel before the Pharisees and Saducees gives clear purpose, “ Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.” (Acts 4:13, 14 KJV, Emphasis mine.) This is the place, methinks, Jesus entered when he spent nights in prayer so he could fully say, “I do only what I see my Father do. I speak only what I hear my Father speak. I must work the works of Him that sent me.” (John 14:10-11; John 12:49,50; John 9:4, My paraphrase).
If we are indeed going to be the mighty army of the Lord described in Joel chapter 2, we must have the same experience. One day, in the Kingdom, we’re going to stand before this throne of God physically and worship and serve – time without end. (Rev. 21:9 – 22:5 KJV) “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; 20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
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