â€œBut ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.â€ Â Â Â (1 John 2:20)
The word â€œunctionâ€ in our text is translated â€œanointingâ€ the other two times it is used (1 John 2:27). That term, and a companion word, are used only seven times in the New Testament, but all refer to the same essential concept often spoken of in the Old Testament.
Both things (tabernacle, temple, vessels, offerings) and people (priests, Levites, kings, ambassadors) were â€œanointedâ€â€”often ceremoniouslyâ€”to identify them as consecrated or honored for a special service or position. Once anointed, the person or object was to be held in great respect by everyone.
Thus, we who are the â€œchildren of Godâ€ (Romans 8:16) have been anointed by God Himself (2 Corinthians 1:21) in such a way that the anointing abides, teaches, and is truth (1 John 2:27). This anointing is, obviously, no ceremonial oil demonstrating an honor (Psalm 133:2), but rather the â€œpouring outâ€ of the Holy Spirit Himself onto and into our earthly bodies, consecrating us to be the very â€œtempleâ€ of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19).
This â€œunctionâ€ further designates us to be â€œkings and priestsâ€ (Revelation 1:6) who will one day â€œreign on earthâ€ (Revelation 5:10). We are called â€œlively stonesâ€ (1 Peter 2:5) being built into a spiritual house for the Lord.
Furthermore, we are to be seen as â€œchaste virgin[s]â€ (2 Corinthians 11:2) who are ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20), having been set apart as a â€œvessel unto honourâ€ (2 Timothy 2:21) in the â€œhousehold of Godâ€ (Ephesians 2:19). We are to know all these things. HMM III