Anointing with Oil

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© 06-21 Colin Melbourne

Symbolism & purpose of anointing oil

A subscriber to the Salvation Newsletter asks this Epistle question: “What is anointing oil?”

It is oil extracted from crushed olives: Olive oil.

In the Old Testament it was used to anoint kings, prophets, and priests for service in God’s kingdom. It symbolised the Holy Spirit coming upon a person to divinely empower them.

In the New Testament the original disciples anointed the sick with oil and healed them in Jesus’ Name. Holy Bible Mk. 6:12-13 KJV;

And they went out and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

Why do Christians anoint the sick with oil?

James gives the ordinance for sick believers to call Christian elders to anoint them with oil and pray in faith for them, and they will be healed. Jas. 5:14-16 KJV

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Both disciples and elders may anoint the sick and pray the prayer of faith and they will be healed. (Mtt. 28:20, Jas. 5:14-16.)

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