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Vol. 13 / Issue 3 / February 17 2011

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Editorial
Anointing of the Holy Spirit - Signs (part 1)
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Editorial

By Sherly Isaac

Bible tells us how uniquely and how wonderfully we were created. In the first book of the Bible, Genesis we read about the creation by God. God created everything beautifully just by speaking His Word. But the creation of human being was completely different and still unique. God took His time to create man with His own hands. He took the dust of the earth, formed it into the shape of His own image and breathed the breath of life. And Adam came to existence as a living being. Then He took one of the ribs from Adam's body and made a beautiful woman. Psalmist says in Psalms 139:14-16, "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them."

I was reading my brother Vinod Isaac's wall on facebook where he was talking about Watson VS human being competing in a game show called Jeopardy. Watson is an artificial intelligence program developed by IBM, designed to answer questions posed in natural language

Vinod wrote, "Watson vs Human?? 2400 processors, 15 TB keyword data. Electrical speed of pushing the buzzer and still Human could get answers, beating that electical speed of the buzzer.

Think about it. Each of those 2400 high speed processor servers cost in thousands of dollars. Programmers had worked thousands of hours to make the software to work. Yet it can duplicate only a single function of what a human brain is capable of while human brain is capable of performing several functions. It is still not capable of lot of things human brain is capable of.

How can man say that this human brain came by accident? How can man say that God didn't create this powerful brain that can recall things from years in a split second.

Also it should remind each one of us that we are of much more value than those 2400 high speed servers and billions of dollars worth softwares. We are priceless, not only in the world system but also in the sight of God.

God would not send His only Son to save those 2400 servers but He sent His only Son to die for us on the cross so that we can be saved from the grip and punishment of sin."


At times we forget that we are uniquely, marvelously, skillfully shaped by the hands of Almighty God and that God wants us to live happily and be blessed. God created us for great and awesome things but our sins prevent us from coming in the presence of God.

Our sins separate us from God and bring burden, peacelessness and troubles in our lives. But Jesus came in this world also to give you and me eternal life. He shed His precious blood on the cruel cross so that our sins could be forgiven.

Apostle Paul says in Romans 5:6-9, "For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him."

If you just come to Jesus, He can deliver you. If you give your life to Jesus, He will shape you for the purpose and glory you have been created for.

Anointing of the Holy Spirit - Signs (part 1)

By Sheela Isaac

When we talk about the anointing of Holy Spirit, there are various groups having different views.

1. One group of people thinks that Holy Spirit comes when a child is confirmed in a church.
2. The second group thinks that Holy Spirit is given when a person gets saved.
3. The third group thinks that Salvation and the anointing of Holy Spirit are two separate incidences.

Let's see what the Bible has to say about it. If we read the Bible we find that when ever people were filled with Holy Spirit some outward signs were attached with it. The people as seen in the Bible, when they received the anointing of the Holy Spirit, they knew clearly that they got the anointing because for them it was not an invisible or silent experience but a realization that something had happened that was very visible. What are those signs which we see in the Bible?

Joel 2:28 "And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.
Acts 2:17 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.


Both the Old and the New Testaments tell about the signs that will show up when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. It looks that this is the basic reason which enables to recognize whether a person is spirit filled or not. We need to look into the theories and doctrines of the different groups to see which one really fits in according to the word of God.

1. When Jesus was anointed a dove descended in physical form:
Look at the life of Jesus. When He received the anointing, heavens opened up and a dove descended from heaven and people heard the voice of God. Well it was a very extraordinary sign that was given and we might say that as Jesus is the Son of God so that's why it happened.

Mat 3:16, "When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
Mat 3:17, "And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."


What about the ordinary people like you and me in the Bible who had received the anointing? Were there any outward signs that followed in their case? Yes, in every case there was some outward sign.

2. Unknown Tongues as an outward sign:

Acts 1:4 - 5, And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me; "for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."

When 120 people waited in Jerusalem for the anointing as commanded by Jesus, what happened there? Bible says that when they were filled with Holy Spirit, they all spoke in "unknown language". In addition to that, they also saw several other outward signs like "tongues of fire", "sound from heaven", "rushing mighty wind" etc.

Acts 2:1 - 4, When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

There is a group of people who think that if you learn a language that you do not know and which is not your mother tongue either, then it is 'biblical Tongues'. If this theory is correct then most of the people of this planet are spirit filled regardless of what they believe and what they do because most of them know more than one language. It looks funny and incorrect because the tongues which come from the Holy Spirit you don't learn it but the language comes automatically that's why this theory fails. So according to this theory the people who claim themselves as spirit filled are not spirit filled. When you learn a language in a school, by books or from your parents it doesn't make it a Biblical Tongues about which the Bible talks about. The Bible says that the Tongues is an UNKNOWN language, because no one understand it. 1 Cor 14:2, "For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

Mark 16:15-18, "And He (Jesus) said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. "And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; "they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

Bible doesn't say if Jesus spoke in tongues or not but we find some of the proof that Jesus is approving tongues as a sign for believers. He said that those who believe in Jesus would speak in tongues and the other signs described in Mark 16 also could show up. The other proof of Jesus approving tongues is when 120 people got anointing including His earthly mother Mary they all spoke in tongues and it was commanded by Jesus. Bible says that these people waited as Jesus commanded them to wait for the promised Holy Spirit and the sign of tongue was given to them as a proof that they were spirit filled.

Who else got the sign of tongues?

Cornelius and the group of people were anointed:

When Peter was preaching in Cornelius' home, the people who were gathered there were all filled with Holy Spirit and Bible says that they all spoke in tongues. That's why Peter and the people who came with Peter figured out that the Gentiles also received the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 10:44, "While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word."
Acts 10:45, "And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.
Acts 10:46, "For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.


Here Holy Spirit didn't come silently in their lives but all the people who gathered there witnessed the outward visible sign of speaking in tongues. How? verse 46, because they heard them speak with tongues.

When Paul preached, people received Holy Spirit and they got the sign of tongues:

Acts 19:2, "he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" So they said to him, "We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit."
Acts 19:6, "And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.


How did Paul know that the people there were filled with Holy Spirit? They all spoke with tongues and prophesied. Very simple isn't it? Whenever Holy Spirit came in the lives of people, He didn't come silently but there were outward signs that showed up which was very much visible. If you think that you have received the anointing of Holy Spirit you must have seen some kind of visible sign described in the Bible. If these outward signs are missing then most probably you have not received the anointing.

Jesus commanded to go unto all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. The command of Jesus was to preach to all the people of the world. If you think that it is for a group of people then you are totally mistaken. We must know that these promises were given for you and me.

Mark 16:15-18, "And He (Jesus) said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; "And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;...."

To be continued...

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