Sunday, May 28, 2017

Anointing with oil

This blog has contemplated divine healing many times before.  This week I am in praise of a brilliant article by the Executive Editor,, David Mathis.  The article - One Essential Oil; Anointing in the Church Today  considers the act of anointing a sick person with oil as they are prayed for.  The passage considered is from James 5:14-15:

"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 NIV

A highlight of the article is that Mathis identifies the role of the oil:

  • anointing with oil does not automatically bring healing,
  • anointing serves to intensify the plea in prayer,
  • we know that anointing is important to God as God anointed his own Son Jesus,
  • God does not answer the prayer because of the oil, but instead he answers because of the person's faith and discipleship,
  • The oil is a sign of life and a sign that the person is seeking restoration of full health.

The article opens with the text:  

"Recently, the elders of our church gathered after the Sunday morning service to pray over a member who had received a difficult medical diagnosis."

Wouldn't it be fantastic if all churches had such a dedicated approach of their elders?


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