Terry J. Hallock
August 1, 1999
I am convinced the reason believers suffer despair and defeat is because they are unaware of the truth about their position and possessions in Christ. They do not know the truth about who He is and the truth about who they are in Him.
Luke 4:14-21 tells us who Christ is. "Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 'The Spirit of the Lord is one me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recover of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.' Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, 'Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.'" The key to knowing the truth about Jesus is to know the truth about one vital word: "anointed". I'll have more to say about that power-packed word in just a moment, but for now hold in your mind that He is the "Anointed One" and the purpose of His anointing is to usher in the "year of the Lord's favor".
1st John 2:18-27 tells us who we are in Christ. "Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us; they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you ...
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