Bible Study: The Moving of the Spirit
Understanding the Anointing: Part 2 The Corporate Anointing
Have you ever
Brothers and Sisters,
Understanding the Anointing,
We also learned that there are many different kinds of anointing, but that there is both an individual anointing and there is what is commonly called a corporate anointing.
The Corporate Anointing:
The Scriptures seem to indicate that not only is this somewhat different from the individual anointing in the sense that it affects more that one person - but also that the corporate seems to be one of greater power.
Notice in the above passage, that the first key we see is that all of the priests (120 of them according to verse 12) were in the same place - and just as important - they were acting as one - and making one sound. There were in unison and in perfect agreement as to there purpose and intent.
There weren't some who were praying or singing about one thing while others were praying and singing about something else, nor were some off in another place while others were gathered together here. They were all in one place - and they were all doing the same thing - with the same purpose - acting as one.
Now notice the similarity in the passages in Acts:
Did you notice that just as in the account given to us in Chronicles, in both of these instances the people were all in one place - and they were acting in one accord (with one purpose and intent)
And, although many more examples could be listed here as well, notice that in each of these instances, when there was a gathering of believers together acting corporately (as one) - that great power was released.
Even a small gathering of believers who are together in one place and acting together with singleness of purpose can generate a release of this power!
"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were
shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed."
Here we have only two believers - assembled together in one place and singing and praising God together as one - and the result was that there was such a release of the power of God that it caused an earthquake that shook the very foundations of the prison!
And even more notable is the fact that not only were Paul and Silas freed - but ALL of the prisoners had their shackles thrown off! ("and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing." Isa:10:27]
The corporate anointing is so powerful that it can affect not only you, but everyone in the vicinity!
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." [Heb:10:25]
I have personally seen manifestations of incredible power and miracles when believers are assembled together in one place. And, the power released and miracles performed far outweigh anything I have ever seen accomplished in any other setting.
Nowhere in the Word of God are we told to forsake being a part of a local body - no matter what the justification is. Christians are instructed by the Lord to be part of a local body and to come together regularly and often in one place to pray, to worship God, and to be taught the Word of God.
Christian television is great - online ministries such as this one are a great source for fellowship and growth - books, tapes and CD's are awesome tools of learning. But none of these produce the results that can be manifested when believers assemble together in one place (as instructed) and come into agreement with one purpose - even if it is simply singing and praying together (as in the case of Paul and Silas).
I have seen people healed miraculously and instantaneously just by being in a gathering of believers who were singing and praising God! No hands were laid on them - no prayers were offered - it was just the release of power that comes when there is a corporate anointing - and the Word of God shows us example after example of how the corporate anointing is far greater than that of the individual anointing.
Brothers and Sisters, this message is so important that I have made the complete teaching absolutely FREE. Details on how to receive your FREE CD are provided at the end of this study.
The Temple of God:
Notice here that there is another result that occurs when there is a corporate anointing: The temple (house of God) is filled with the Glory of God.
Keep in mind that under the Old Covenant (Old Testament) God dwelt in the Holiest of Holies located in the Temple of the Israelites. And even under the Old Covenant the Temple was filled with the Glory of God when there was a gathering of believers in one place and acting in one accord!
But God no longer dwells in temples made of stone and wood! So where does God dwell now? Where is His temple on Earth?
In this New Testament day
where we have a better covenant built on better promises (Heb:8:6) - God
no longer dwells in houses made of wood and stone - He dwells in Us!
Even Jesus Himself told
God the Father that he was giving to us the SAME glory that He
And, just as in the Old Testament, when the people gathered together in one place - in one accord - and the glory of God filled the temple made of wood and stone - that same glory becomes more and more tangible, it becomes more and more present, it manifests itself to a greater degree when we come together as one - in one accord - in one place - with one purpose!
It's the corporate anointing that manifests only when there is a gathering of believers in one place and in one accord!
The Power of Unity: [Genesis 11:1-6]
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do."
Notice in this account of our ancestors that at one time the whole earth spoke one language. And according to the Word of God, there came a time when the whole earth traveled together to one place and dwelt there together.
Furthermore, not only were they all gathered together in one place- but they decided to stay together - and to work together with one purpose and with one intent: to build a city and a tower.
And look what God himself said about this: "now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do."
Brothers and Sisters, it is important to realize that this account is not some fairy tale or allegorical picture. It is a factual account of what happened on earth during this period, and it is important to note that God Himself recognized what can happen when people come together in one place and with singleness of purpose - even if it doesn't include Him!
"now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do."
There is so much power in unity that had God not done something about it there would be nothing that they would not been able to accomplish! Nothing!
Did you get that?
Now imagine what we can do when God is involved - and He anoints us with HIS power! And that power is far greater in a corporate setting then as individuals. The power, and the glory of God is available in a much greater degree when the people of God come together in one place and with one accord (singleness of purpose).
And that is why it is so important for us as believers to "forsake not the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." [Heb:10:25]
There is an individual anointing -and there is great power available to the individual because of it. But there is a greater anointing, and that anointing is only available when we as believers come together as instructed and do so with one accord - and with one purpose.
To Donate by Mail:
Send your $12 check or money order to:
In addition to his contributions to this website Reverend W. C. Slyde Moran also has a weekly television show • Online Audio Studies • and an ever-increasing outreach ministry providing free Audio teachings on CD to enable the growth and maturing of the body of Christ.