Double annointing?

2 10 2011

If you have been in church long enough, I’m sure you would have heard the term, “double anointing” used. The people who use this term use it because in the Book of Kings, Elisha asks his mentor Elijah for a double portion of his spirit from him. Some believers today call this a “double anointing”.

2Ki 2:9-10 KJV And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. (10) And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

Elisha asked for a double portion because he knew and understood Jewish tradition and Law. Elijah was basing his ask on this Old Testament scripture:

Deu 21:17 KJV But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.

When Elijah was taken up into heaven, this double portion of his spirit fell upon him and he did greater works than his mentor Elijah. In the Old Testament, God gave portions of His Spirit to specially chosen people, in order to accomplish a mission like giving God inspired messages to God’s people. God NEVER gave His Spirit in fullness to anyone in the Old Testament. This is very important to note.

The reason believers ask for this “double anointing” is because they want to be able to do greater works than their predecessors and have a great deal of “power” so that they can have great important ministries known all over the world. I personally have had people pray and prophesy a “double anointing” over my life and at the time, I was so excited because I felt like God had specially chosen me to go forth in His power and set the world ablaze!! The reason I was caught up in this whole façade was because I didn’t understand that Christ lived in me. Let me explain:

As a born again believer, a person who has God’s Seed in them, we need to know what God has placed in us as His children.

Rom 8:29 KJV For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

As The Firstborn, Jesus Christ was entitled to the double portion that is spoken of in Deut 21:17. But because He was God’s Son, God did not just give Him a double portion, God gave Him everything He had. God gave Jesus the Spirit WITHOUT measure!

Joh 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

Jesus Christ is the only One, who has ever been given the Spirit without measure. Imagine that? Having the Spirit of God without measure? And the most amazing thought of this all, is that every believer, has Christ in them – Col 1:26-27. Because every believer has Christ in them, they already have the Spirit of God in them WITHOUT MEASURE*! Why would we settle for less than the best? If we knew this, then we wouldn’t ask God for a mere “double portion”. How much greater is an infinite amount than a mere portion?

(Joh 1:16 KJV) And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

(Eph 4:13 KJV) Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

(Col 1:19 KJV) For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

(Col 2:9 KJV) For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

“The Spirit dwelt in him, not as a vessel, but as in a fountain, as in a bottomless ocean (Henry).

Christ in us, our hope of glory…

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