fredag 30. september 2016

It is about 'contagion'

I know that holiness is contagious. There is Scriptural support for the claim. In the passage about the sacred anointing oil, I read that everything and everyone involved in the worship in the Tabernacle became holy through the anointing, and further it says that:
“…whatever touches them will be holy”
Exocus 30:29b
Even further there is support for the claim that people filled with the Holy Spirit become ‘contagious’. What happened with the 120 on the first Pentecost, spread with epidemic speed. On the very first day 3000 people asked the vital question that is linked to any epidemic:
“Brothers, what shall we do?”
Acts 2:37b
They received the prescription: Holiness is about death and resurrection in Jesus Christ. And since that day, no power neither in the heavenly realms nor on earth has managed to stop the epidemic. Many powers have tried, but in the midst of persecution and threats of distinction “the contagious life” has shown its divine growth power.

‘Manna’ for today:
Holiness is contagious!

torsdag 29. september 2016

It is about confirmation of the blood

As a young Bible-reader it was refreshing reading the Scriptures from page 1, but I must admit that it was a struggle when I had a go at the third book for the first time. Leviticus is full of regulation and procedures to be used under different circumstances, but the book gives quite a few interesting pieces of information that can throw some light on spiritual principles.

Yesterday I wrote that I would give some more information about the function of the anointing in connection with healing. The story of the blood-sacrifice and the oil in connection with the cleansing of a leper, gives interesting food for the thought. It is found in

See: Lev 14:12-18
The regulation is that the priest shall touch the clean leper first with the blood, and then with the oil, in a sequence: the right ear-lobe, thumb and the big toe - the choice of these three parts of the body, may have a deeper meaning, but I will leave that for later. 

Today it is about the blood and the oil. The blood is associated with Jesus and his ultimate sacrifice. The oil is associated with the Spirit. The Holy Spirit will always confirm Jesus, the cross and the
resurrection. Jesus and the Spirit are mutual in their confirmation of one another:

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
John 14:26
This is also a key in holiness. There will be no holiness without the sacrifice of Christ and the confirmation by the Holy Spirit 

It is the same with healing. If I believe that I am healed "by his wounds" (1), the Holy Spirit will confirm that. Not necessarily with an instant healing, but with an assurance that my prayers have been heard and I feel that I can rest in the fact that it will happen in His time. I have experienced both the instant healing, and the rest in the assurance that in him, I am healed even though no physical change has yet taken place.

'Manna' for today:
In in His time!

(1) Isa 53:5

onsdag 28. september 2016

It is about healing

When I mention the sacred anointing oil, many straight away think about ‘healing’. There is nothing wrong in such an association, because, as I will reflect on tomorrow, the sacred anointing oil filled a function even in the treatment and cleansing of the sick under the old covenant. In addition the practice of using oil was prolonged in the Christian tradition:
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.
James 5:14-15
Our youngest daughter, Janne, had severe problems with asthma from a very young age. A couple of times the attacks were so heavy that we were afraid we would lose her, and we saw the wards in many hospitals. My mother at that time worked as the administrational leader of a municipal health department, and since she worked close to several doctors, she addressed one and asked:

“What can we do?”

The doctor, who was not a Christian, just looked at her and said: 

“James 5:14-15!”
This shows that we can find just as much faith among those who do not confess faith, as among those who do. Since the oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, the oil also symolized relief and healing.

I have often used oil when I have prayed for the sick, but also on other occasions. It is important to be obedient when the Spirit urges me to do it. On several occasions, remarkable healings have taken place when anointing oil has been used. Yet, I am convinced that God has not made himself dependent upon any physical remedy, because he always looks to the heart (1). In a few isolated instances, I believe that the anointing has been important and even decisive for the person ministered to, because it has functioned as means of faith ignition – where the faith has not gone to the means, but to the pioneer and perfecter of our faith (2).

‘Manna’ for today:
Holiness is also about relief
(1) e.g. 2 Chron 16:9 and 1 Sam 16:7
(2) Hebr 12:2