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Authority for the Anointing

By Pastor G. Evan Newmyer

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one, in Christ Jesus." - Galatians 3:28 (KJV)


Preface

This Short Study will look at First Corinthians, chapter eleven and define the metaphor regarding "the head of the man."

Paul stated that there is no male or female, Jew or Greek in Christ as the Holy Spirit and the Gift of Grace is the great equalizer for all souls, giving each individual a purpose and mission as they grow "In Christ." So clarifying the meaning and application of those verses in Corinthians can set folks free to serve in whatever way that the Holy Ghost appoints and anoints them to do, rather than "re-yoke" them or inhibit what good work God has in mind, by telling them "to be silent."

There were many "sisters" in leadership in the early Church, which are mentioned throughout the New Testament, that is, when one gains knowledge of the origin of certain words used. So, let's be certain we have properly understood metaphors for what they are truly offering to us in the way of a picture or example, prior to forming our man-made decisions and policies which affect the lives of our members.

Our responsibility in Leadership is to support the environment and teaching needed to help all members fulfill the call on their lives individually and corporately as the Body of Christ. Amen?


Authority for the Anointing

In examining carefully, First Corinthians Chapter Eleven, defining “the head of the man”, these verses can easily be defined, to set people free, rather than tell them to be silent. Get your Bible and leave it open it to First Corinthians 11:1-16 as we study:  

Proverbs 25:2 tells us the glory of God is to conceal a thing, but the honor of a king is to search out the matter. The Bible is full of metaphors, also known as Word Pictures, or Figure of Speech, they point to a subject in a manner letting us know what is being talked about, without really pointing to the matter. For instance if someone told us “don’t count your chickens before they hatch”, we would know they were telling us not to count on something until it’s in hand. Paul used many metaphors and allegories, for example in Galatians he talks about Hagar (Agar) and Ishmael, but we know Hagar was a real person not a mount, yet Paul compares her to the mount (Gal 4:25). In Ephesians he speaks of the husband and wife, then says, “this is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (Eph 5:32). So it is in First Corinthians chapter 11, then again in chapter 14. If we consider God is not partial, then we can’t read chapters 11 or 14 without making God partial. The context of chapter 11 is husband and wife, meaning it excludes widows or single women, as well as widowers and single men. It would also indicate some strange figures, it would appear the wife is lower than a second class citizen, considering she can’t reach God except through her husband, so much for the “two shall be one”. If the head of the wife is the husband, yet the mouth of the wife is attached to the head, but the wife is to remain silent, it would mean the mouth of the husband is to remain closed. There must be more to the teaching, than a husband and wife, especially when Paul tells the wives they will learn more at home, than they do in the gathering.

In First Corinthians 14:34 Paul says, "Let your women by silent", yet if we understand the metaphoric principle it makes perfect sense, but if we keep it in gender, it doesn’t. If we keep it gender, we only prove we’re carnal, thinking he is talking about gender. Paul is using metaphors to make a point, a type of “tongue in cheek” humor, but only a carnal mind would reject “there is neither male nor female in Christ” for “let your women remain silent”. There is no conflict in the phrases, just conflict in the carnal mind. More evidence to this is found in the word “woman” which is the Greek Gune meaning a wife, coming from the Greek Ginomai meaning To come to be, used to show child bearing. The point? If we make this sec­tion gender it would mean only the married women are to remain silent, the single women, and widows can make all the noise they want, or run the aisles. Another point is how this is placed be­tween two areas speaking of Communion, which means the teaching is for the gathering. From we are the Bread, to some are not worthy, then showing one can separate themselves from their covering. It all has to relate to why the Corinthians were carnal, yet they had the Spirit.

The metaphor Head points to Authority, as does the metaphor Name, the metaphor Horn points to Power, the metaphor Hair points to the Anointing. The context of this area in Corinthians is not Power, but Authority. The Centurion was told he had great faith based on his knowledge of Authority, not Power. The disciples first received Authority, but were told to wait for Power from on High. Power used outside of Authority is rebellion, yet rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft. Authority is the granted permission to do something, Power is the ability to carry out the Authority.

Paul begins with a simple request, follow Christ  as he does, this doesn’t mean to follow Paul, rather use Paul as an example. On the other hand, if Paul wasn’t married, what could following Paul hold for the husband and wife? Next he tells them he would praise them if they Remember him in all things, connecting back to following Christ as he does. Then he shows how he delivered ordinances, the Greek word for Ordinances is Paradosis meaning Tradition, Doctrine of Ordinance, but not in the same manner as the Traditions of the Elders, this is the manner in which the gathering is to operate. With verses 1 and 2 we can see this pertains to the gathering, adding chapter 14 we find this is a sound rebuke to carnal leadership. The anointing wasn’t flowing, thus the congregation was to remain silent.

Paul is faced with a situation where his covering over a Body is being abused, thus part of the Communion service is holding respect for members of the Body. Here we find the Apostle began the local body, but even his covering couldn’t change or help them. Paul could instruct, but he couldn’t dominate them, or force them to comply. The same is true when we read Acts 15, the letter sent to the Gentiles was Doctrine, but the apostles couldn’t force the Gentiles to follow the Doctrine. Carnal leaders always attempt to manipulate or dominate, or force the congregation to follow rules and regulations, they themselves can’t uphold.

A lack of authority doesn’t mean they have a lack of power, it’s evident here in Corinthians, thus the congregation must remain silent, or they shame their carnal leaders. Therefore, they still had the Power, but they were using it without the Authority covering them, placing them in rebellion. What to do? The Congregation had to remain silent, thus for them to hold a meeting, or rebuke the leaders would be just as much out of order as the carnal leadership. Carnal rebuking carnal still leaves things carnal. The answer? Communion, the key Paul alludes to, let them learn at home. Ahh, go home, and enter your prayer closet. Right, so what then, pray the carnal leader out? Pray them down? Pray them upside down? No, pray they gain clarity to what they are doing, ask Jesus to bring His correction and edification. It would appear someone did, since Paul is bringing correction.

The context is the leaders and congregation being Moved by the anointing, rather than attempting to move the anointed. Authority is an issue we hear little about, but here in Corinth the problem wasn’t the devil, it was their lack of Authority. They had the Spirit, but they were carnal, which explains Romans 8:1. Here we find these members were in Christ, since their “head” is Christ, but they were carnal, they minded the flesh; however, Paul followed Christ, thus his first order of business is to get them to follow after Christ.

Authority differs depending on who grants it, we know the devil gave his authority to the Beast of the Sea, as the Beast of the Earth uses the same authority (translated power in KJV). The false prophet knows he has power, it’s authority to do as he pleases he seeks. Why would the devil grant us authority to begin with? Why not just rebel? Oh, he uses authority to overthrow a higher authority. 

In some countries, such as the United States the people are used in certain forms of secular government. For instance in the United States we have what is known as a Republic, which means they elect certain members to represent them in various areas of government, thus the people grant them authority to act their behalf. What happens if they rebel? They had the power, but used it outside of the authority granted them, then the people “re-call” them, to remove them from office, thus removing them from the place where they had authority and power. In the Kingdom it’s not way God does it, as Jesus told (Matt 20:25-28). The Doma “gift” is given to the leader in the Office, the office makes the person, it’s not the other way around. The error in Acts chapter 1 was the attempt to replace Judas. The office forms the person, therein we find the so-called Qualifications are really indicators of the office forming the person, therein we know the right person is in the right office.

With the metaphor Head referring to Authority we find the issue in these verses is Authority, thus they had Power, but without the Authority in proper order they were engaged in rebellion, or worse witchcraft. The Authority of every Leader is Christ, the Rock, or the Anointing of the Office (I Cor 11:3, 10:4 & Eph 4:11). The Authority of the Congregation is the Leader, thus if the Leader places a false covering between them and Christ, they have separated themselves from Christ. Every leader who prays or prophesies with their covered is shame to Christ, their head. The idea is nothing artificial between the leader and Christ, this has nothing to do with wearing a hat. What examples would be an artificial covering? Strife, Carnal minded, Ungodly division, Using bits and pieces from the Law of Moses to gain favor from the Law, all signs Paul was fully aware of. John’s baptism was short, it ended with he was cast into prison, became ineffective when Jesus said “Go in His Name (Authority). A man by the name of Apollos was a Jew born in Alexandria, the only thing he knew as the Baptism of John, until Aquila and Priscilla instructed him in the Way of God more perfectly (Acts 18:24-28). Therefore, there were Gentiles being baptized under John’s baptism, yet John’s baptism didn’t grant anyone entrance into the Body, his baptism was the people should believe, but the baptism we do it’s mandatory for them to believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus (Acts 8:37). Therein lays one division the Corinthians were debating, whose baptism was better, the one of Apollos, or Paul’s? They never consider why they were baptized, which would have answered the question. The basis behind the phrase “Name of Jesus only” is based on this issue. To Paul the evidence was clear, the leaders couldn’t answer the division, because they were the cause.

Some of us think the Anointing comes with Power, here Paul uses the metaphor “hair” for the Anointing (metaphor taken from Samson’s experience), but the hair is a result of Authority. Hair is a joined to the person, it’s part of them. If the congregation prays or prophesies with their “head” (Authority) uncovered, they dishonor their head (leader), they don’t dishonor themselves. Even if this was husband and wife, the fault lays with the husband if the wife is to remain silent. The basis behind chapter 14 is to pray and prophesy in the gathering, here it connects, if the leadership has separated themselves from their Head, the congregation is to remain silent.

If the congregation is not Covered, it is if they are shaven, or in mourning for the dead. However, if it’s a shame for the congregation (wife) to be shaven, then let the head of the wife be covered. However, the husband (leader) should not cover his head (Christ) which would separate Christ from God, in turn separating the leader from the Authority of Christ. Paul goes back to the Garden, we know all humans are of the woman, but Paul shows in the beginning the woman came from the man. The Woman was not covered at the tree, her husband just sat there and did nothing. When the congregation is left to fend for itself, the demonic forces show up to devour. Therefore, the solution was for the Woman to learn at home, to pray and prophesy at home, since the gathering was so carnal it was a shame.

Then Paul connects the Hair, (Anointing) to the authority, for as the woman (congregation) is of the man (leader), the leaders were to judge in themselves, if a man has long hair it’s a shame to him, but for the woman it’s a glory. Simply, the leader is not to worry about the anointing, but about the authority, keeping themselves close to Christ, which in turn keeps the Christ (Anointing) close to God (Jesus as God the Son as the Head of the Church). Then the authority will carry the anointing to the congregation, therein allowing the congregation to do the work of the ministry.

This then connects to chapter 14, the Operations of God for the local body, is to be established by an Apostle, which if we are in the Body of Christ we are, then to have Doctrine by the hands of a Prophet, if we have a Bible we have the Doctrine delivered. Then the Teacher to teach the Doctrine, connecting back to chapter 11:1-2, then the congregation will be in order, following will miracles, gifts of healings, helps, governments all doing the proper administrations (I Cor 12:28).

We can’t read chapter 14 and not see it has to do with praying and prophesying, yet that is the same connection we see in chapter 11, they have to connect. Thereby showing Paul was merely pointing to the leadership, if the authority is not in order, as they follow the prescribed attributes of the authority, then the anointing will not reach the congregation, thus the congregation as the wife must not remain silent in the body, or they shame their leadership. Best for them to remain silent, as the Law says, since the leadership is carnal, they require carnal ordinances, which are only found in the Law of Moses. It makes no since for Paul to rebuke the Galatians for attempting to use the Law of Moses, yet tell the Corinthians to use it. Unless they Corinthians were so carnal, they needed written rules and regulations to follow, then the Law of Moses would apply. However, it also means the leadership is stuck at the Cross, they have yet to reach the grave to gain authority over the flesh, nor the Resurrection to have the Power of the Resurrection.

Nonetheless they had the Spirit (I Cor 3:16), but refused to be Spiritual in nature, the exact definition of “spiritual wickedness (iniquity). What to do? They had the keys, they had instructions of what to expect in the Spiritual realm. The government is the shoulder of Jesus (Isa 9:6), the Yoke was broken from the shoulder (Isa 9:4), but the carnal leadership was putting the Yoke right back on. Jesus said the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him, because He was Anointed. Isaiah 10:27 tells us the Yoke is broken Because of the anointing, it’s not the Yoke being broken then the anointing, rather the Yoke was destroyed by the anointing. If the Authority is in place, the anointing will flow, but if the carnal leadership places a carnal yoke between them and Christ, the anointing ceases to flow to the congregation.

There is an anointing in Mercy, and one in Grace, the one in Grace is evidenced by the seal of the Holy Spirit, it’s unto the saving of our souls. However, the anointing in Mercy is vital, it pertains to the “least commandments” of Mercy Jesus gave on the Mount of Olives. The Phrase, “least commandments” doesn’t mean they are inferior, it means they are the least we can do. The difference between a vessel of honor and one of dishonor is Mercy, not Grace (Rom 9:21-23). The disciples before the Cross operated in Mercy, not Grace, since Grace was not granted until Pentecost.

What about Judas? Didn’t he have power and authority? Yes, Jesus gave both to him in Matthew 10:1-15. So did Judas always operate within the Authority? No, the authority was granted for the specific purposes of preaching the kingdom of heaven is at hand (not in hand), to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out devils, and all that was limited to the Jews alone (Matt 10:8). It did not extend to taking from the bag, or attempting to manipulate Jesus, or to betray the Lord.

We can see how this issue was so important to the Operations of the church in Corinth. Authority is a Theocracy issue, the Corinthians were subject to a Roman rule, but failed to see they were expected to submit to God’s rule. We have one form of govern­ment in the secular world, another in the Kingdom, we must learn to separate the two, or we will end attempting to put one into the other, causing great confusion in our souls. If we attempt to use any aspect of the worldly form of government in the Body, we have caused a separation between Christ and God. When we fail at Theocracy we not only hurt ourselves, we hurt others.

Issues of being Spiritual were also seen here, we know the Corinthians prayed in the Spirit, they spoke with unknown tongues, Paul even said he did so more than them, but he didn’t say he did and they didn’t, yet they were not spiritual. It takes more than speaking in unknown tongues to be spiritual. They spoke, they gave prophesy, but didn’t have a clue to what the Spirit was saying. The Holy Ghost teaches by comparing Spiritual to Spiritual, thus the Holy Ghost is Spiritual, the New Man is Spiritual, if our souls not Spiritual, we will gain a thing in learning process.

The issue of Authority is a vital issue, the world, although we don’t attempt to use the world’s ways, we find the world at times uses the ways of God. If a policeman used his badge to steal, we would call it a breach of his authority (we would also call it stealing). A policeman has the right to arrest, really they can arrest anyone for anything, whether they can prove it or not, but if they did, they would answer to a higher authority. Having the Power is one thing, using it outside of the Authority is rebellion and illegal. Theocracy is God’s form of government, He appoints leaders to serve, not dominate, or manipulate. How the leader treats those under them determines their reward. All this makes the saying, “let your women remain silent” more important, and should break about bondage. Since this rebuke is limited to the gathering, made obvious since it’s permitted for the women to learn at home, the conjunction is between leaders and congregation, rather than the individual relationship one has, we can also gain on what the phrase, “forsake not the assembly as some do”, considering Paul is telling the women to do just that. What? Sure, he tells them to remain silent, then learn at home, which means they didn’t learn a thing in the “assembly”. It’s not the assembly some have forsaken, but the purpose. We assemble to edify one another, we don’t come say, “okay pal teach me something”, or do we say, “ahh gee I’m not getting edified”, we are there to edify.

What about the leaders? What are they there for? It’s not to make the leader famous, or rich, rather it’s for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, and for the edifying of the Body “of Christ” (Eph 4:12). The Corinthian leadership was using the position for self-importance, making carnal decisions based on their carnal thinking, which produces strife, envy and division. Division is the opposite of comfort, strife the opposite of edification, envy the opposite of exhortation. Paul saw many things wrong in Corinth, but they centered around the issue of Authority. This will be evident in Second Corinthians when they challenge Paul by attacking his authority in the same manner as Korah challenged Moses.

Since we’re looking at the Authority (Head) we find anyone can be given the position, yet allow some carnal ordnance or behavior separate them from the Authority over them. Think about the Centurion, he kept authorities in their proper place, he didn’t tell the servant to fight, nor the soldier to serve food. Jesus called it Great Faith, thus an element of Faith is understanding Authority. Want Great Faith? Understand the proper use of Authority.              

Since this teaching also reflects on the Lord's Table, it will have a direct con­nection to why some are sick, weak and die. When there is evidence of division in the ranks, it’s merely a clue to the separation taking place between Christ and God. Some of these separations are seen as yokes or veils, although the Veil was ripped from top to bottom, we find some leaders can sew it back up from bottom to top. Some veils are strongholds, or traditions of men made doctrine, some carnal thinking, but when we place a veil, regardless of the veil into the forbidden place we separate ourselves and the congregation from the anointing.

How do we know we’re talking about Authority? In verse 10 we read, “For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels”. The word Power is the Greek Exousia meaning Authority, but we also find the introduc­tion of “angels”, how did they get into this. The word Angel means a Messenger, thus if the covering is in error, then the Message will be in error. Paul rightly suspects there are heresies among the Corinthians: division and carnal ego trips cause heresy. 

The carnal mind always proves the point, when the carnal mind views these verses, they end with a dress code. The mere context tells us this can’t be the case, or we would have a bunch of women with heads looking like men. Weird at best. Talk about a cult, a bunch of men with no heads, and women with heads like men. That would me a Yikes and a half.

Once we see the context here is the ability to Pray and Prophecy within the congregation setting, we can also see why verse 14:34 goes directly to Prophecy and Prayer. It's not Paul saying for the wives to be silent, rather it shows the Woman (congregation) must remain silent in a carnal church, since it's so carnal every time they pray or prophecy they bring condemnation down on the leaders, as the leaders bring dishonor to Christ, thus producing a thicker Veil.

The women (congregation) in Corinth couldn't pray or prophecy, they had to remain silent, not because they did anything wrong, but because the leaders were carnal, in error, or have veiled Christ from God. This helps us under­stand the term "beheaded for Jesus"; if one had to be actually beheaded to make it, what about John? Or James the Less? Tho­mas? Peter? and many others who were not beheaded. The Greek text shows beheaded for Jesus is the same as we find here, it's not saying we have someone cut off our physical head, rather we be­come headless (void of any other authority, but the authority of Jesus) for Jesus. In this context we find the "Mind of Christ" is in Christ, thus the Corinthians were rejecting the Mind of Christ for their natural carnal minds of intellec­tual­ism. When we give up our old "head", we are giving up control of self-ability, as we turn from being our own head to having the Head of the Body, which is Christ. This is another issue regarding being Born Again, when we were flesh we had the soul centered on flesh, or as Jesus put it, that born of the flesh is flesh. However, we now have Spirit, our souls are being formed by the Spirit to be Spiritual, thus that born of the Spirit is Spirit.  

The word Pray used in these verses means to make a supplication, or ask for the supply. The word Prophesy means as an oracle of God in the meeting place. If the woman's head (leader) is uncovered, yet she prays or prophesies, she dishonors her head (leader). This is the same knowledge the Centurion had, surely we can get it, if the leader has placed a false covering between Christ and God, yet if the congregation begins to pray or prophesy, they dishonor their Leader, thus Paul tells the Leaders to tell the Congregation (women) to remain silent. How do we know? The wording, “let Your women remain silent”, rather than “you women remain silent”. This is a clear rebuke to carnal leadership who have allowed doctrines of men or carnal rules or regulations to enter in.

Doctrines of devils are not teaching about devils, it’s the teachings of devils. What do devils teach? Surely teaching something the devil said can’t a “doctrine of the devil”, since it would make the Bible a “doctrine of devils”. Ouch, can’t be right, what then to devils teach? It’s right here, the wrong cup, they teach unbelief and doubt. When anyone has to teach us not to believe in something, it’s a doctrine of the devil. An example? Yes, we will read about two men who taught the Resurrection had passed, but what Resurrection? Was Jesus resurrected from the dead? Yes, it’s a pillar of our faith. However, the Resurrection of Jesus is the First Resurrection, it’s not complete until the “catching away”, which is before the 1,000 years. So what were the two men teaching? They were teaching others the Rapture had passed, Paul called it blasphemy, their teaching was based in unbelief, thus becoming a doctrine of devils. The point is how some false doctrine not Bible clear can become a veil of separation.                 

The first letter to the Corinthians is based on questions asked of Paul. What type of questions do you think they asked? Real deep spiritual ones? Hardly, they were carnal, these are answers to carnal questions, but they point to spiritual corrections, thus Paul is telling them "carnal minds want to know", but "spiritual corrections will set you free".

This is the Test of True Theocracy. Are we in order? Look for the Glory on those under us. If Not? Look for the error in us: stop making excuses for our lack of Authority or Power. Could we have placed something of a carnal nature above us? Is there something binding us? Could it be we are the ones needing to bind the strongman?

Paul moves right from the Covering to Communion, thus they relate. What good does it do to take Communion fifty times a day, if we go about with our Authority covered? The lack of covering on the woman's head (leader) caused division, yet division is the mother of heresy. Paul shows they must have heresy, they have separated themselves from Christ, they have envy among them, thus they must be listening to the spirit of the world, they have wars among them over who baptized who.

Paul points to the night of betrayal, rather than the Night before the Cross, yet it was the same night. In the other three accounts of the last Passover we do see Jesus Break, Bless and Give, but we don't see Him saying "this is My Body bro­ken for you", where did Paul get this? Where is the reference? "Tell me brother Paul, where does it say that?". Was the Body of Jesus broken? No, not one bone, His flesh was ripped, but was His Body broken? When will this happen? Paul is warning the Corinthians about the danger of thinking they are getting away with their folly now, yet not having to price later. As he told them, he wished their works could get them through the fire, meaning he feels they will face the fire on the last day.

The Broken bread is the basis for the broken Body, the word Paul used means to rip a branch from the tree, or remove a limb. Being unworthy simply means the person doesn’t consider the Table of the Lord as holy, they use it as social gathering, or lack respect. Communion is to Remember what the Lord did for us as a Body, and as individuals. For a more complete study on Communion view the Study on this site, for more information on Authority and how it connects to Power, view the Study Authority and Power on this same site. Selah.

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