In the New Testament, however, we need to understand that there is a twofold working of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer: The Holy Spirit lives inside believers, and He also comes upon those who stand in the fivefold ministry offices in order to equip them for service.
The Holy Spirit Within
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter [the Holy Spirit], that he may abide with you forever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he DWELLETH with you, and shall be IN you.
Then, also, in the New Testament, those believers whom God calls to the ministry not only have the anoint¬ing in them as do all believers, but they have the anoint¬ing upon them as well.
The Holy Spirit Upon
11 And he gave some, APOSTLES; and some, PROPHETS; and some, EVANGELISTS; and some, PASTORS and TEACHERS;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
In other words, some are specially anointed to stand in a particular office such as: apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher. Or if God calls someone to do a special work for Him, He’ll anoint that person to do that work. Thank God for the anointing! God will anoint the believer to fulfill whatever call is on his life.
Now let’s go back and trace the anointing in the life of every believer. Of course, a person first comes into contact with the anointing when he is born again by the Spirit of God.
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and OF THE SPIRIT, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is BORN OF THE SPIRIT is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is BORN OF THE SPIRIT.
The Great Commission
In the New Testament, born-again believers are anointed by God. What are they anointed to do? First, believers are anointed to tell the good news of the gospel. We see this in the Great Commission.
15 And he said unto them, GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Jesus said to the disciples, “… GO YE into all the world…” (Mark 16:15). Although Jesus said this to His disciples, the disciples weren’t the only ones Jesus was authorizing to preach the gospel; all believers are anointed to carry out the Great Commission. But Jesus was addressing the disciples here because the disciples were the only ministers there were at that time, and they hadn’t gone into all the world yet preaching the gospel; they still lived in Jerusalem.
However, later we read in the Acts of the Apostles that when the first great persecution arose, the Early Church was scattered abroad preaching the gospel: “… at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles” (Acts 8:1).
The “Go ye” of the Bible is still in effect today! Believers are anointed or commissioned to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.