Weekly Pursuit – Week 2 of April

Apr 11, 2016 by

Verse:

Exo. 30:31-32 “… This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations. Upon the flesh of man it shall not be poured, not shall you make any like it, according to its composition….”

 

Excerpts:

Exodus 30:33 indicates that the ointment was not to be put upon a stranger. The word “stranger” implies a comparison between those who are priests and those who are not. The priests serving in the presence of God do not act according to the old nature. Instead, they live according to their new nature and thereby enjoy the anointing…. When we act and behave according to our flesh, we are in the old creation and are regarded as strangers in the sight of God. When we are such strangers, we cannot enjoy the Spirit of Christ. We must remain in our spirit, and we must live, act, speak, and contact others in the spirit. Then we shall be in the new creation as priests serving God and participating in the Spirit of Christ.

 

The middle part of verse 32 says, “Neither shall you make any like it in its proportions.” …The command not to make anything like the anointing oil in its proportions means that we should not imitate it…. Therefore, we need to discern what is truly of the Spirit and what is an imitation. For example, a person’s humility may not be of the Spirit…. Because of the influence of certain teachings, many Christians try to act humble. This humility, however, is not of the Spirit of Christ. Rather, it is an imitation.

 

Our honesty must come out of the Spirit of Christ. Likewise, our love, humility, patience, and kindness—indeed, every virtue—must be a product of the indwelling Spirit. Otherwise, we are imitating the ointment; we are making something false in the same way. Therefore, we should not act in our old nature and we should not imitate anything that is of the Spirit of Christ. (The Life-study of Exodus, msg. 158)

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