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Understanding the


By Kenneth E. Hagin

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations in this volume are from the King James Version of the Bible.

First Printing 1983

ISBN 0-89276-507-0

In the U.S. write: In Canada write:

Kenneth Hagin Ministries Kenneth Hagin Ministries

P.O. Box 50126 P.O. Box 335

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74150 Islington (Toronto), Ontario

Canada, M9A 4X3

Copyright © 1983 RHEMA Bible Church

aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc.

All Rights Reserved

Printed in USA


*Redeemed From Poverty, Sickness and Death *What Faith Is

*Seven Vital Steps To Receiving the Holy Spirit *Right and Wrong Thinking Prayer Secrets

Authority of the Believer
*How To Turn Your Faith Loose

The Key to Scriptural Healing

The Ministry of a Prophet

The Origin and Operation of Demons

Demons and How To Deal With Them

Ministering to the Oppressed

Praying To Get Results

The Present-Day Ministry of Jesus Christ

The Gift of Prophecy

Healing Belongs to Us

The Real Faith

The Interceding Christian

How You Can Know the Will of God

Man on Three Dimensions

The Human Spirit

Turning Hopeless Situations Around

Casting Your Cares Upon the Lord

Seven Steps for Judging Prophecy

Faith Food for Autumn

Faith Food for Winter

Faith Food for Spring

Faith Food for Summer *The New Birth *Why Tongues? *In Him *God's Medicine *You Can Have What You Say

How To Write Your Own Ticket With God *Don't Blame God

* Words

Plead Your Case *How To Keep Your Healing Laying on of Hands A Better Covenant Having Faith in Your Faith Five Hindrances to Growth in Grace Why Do People Fall Under the Power? The Bible Way To Receive the Holy Spirit Godliness Is Profitable I Went to Hell Three Big Words

Obedience in Finances His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful I Believe in Visions New Thresholds of Faith Prevailing Prayer to Peace Concerning Spiritual Gifts Bible Faith Study Course Bible Prayer Study Course The Holy Spirit and His Gifts *The Ministry Gifts (Study Guide)

Seven Things You Should Know About Divine Healing El Shaddai

Zoe: The God-Kind of Life A Commonsense Guide to Fasting Must Christians Suffer? The Woman Question

How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God What To Do When Faith Seems Weak and Victory Lost The Name of Jesus The Art of Intercession Growing Up, Spiritually Bodily Healing and the Atonement Exceedingly Growing Faith Understanding the Anointing


Man's Impossibility God's Possibility

Because of Jesus

The Key to the Supernatural *Faith Worketh by Love

Blueprint for Building Strong Faith *Seven Hindrances to Healing *The Past Tense of God's Word

Healing: A Forever-Settled Subject

How To Make the Dream God Gave You Come True

Faith Takes Back What the Devil's Stolen

"The Prison Door Is Open What Are You Still Doing Inside?"

Itching Ears

Where Do We Go From Here?

How To Be a Success in Life

Get Acquainted With God

Showdown With the Devil

'These titles are also available in Spanish. Information about other foreign translations of several of the above titles (i.e., Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Polish, Russian, Swahili, and Swedish) may be obtained by writing to: Kenneth Hagin Ministries, P.O. Box 50126, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74150.



  1. The Anointing on Jesus 1

  2. The Anointing Within 11

  3. How the Anointing Led Me 23

  4. Ministering Healing Without an Anointing 31

  5. The Fivefold Ministry Gifts 37

  6. The Anointing To Preach 43

  7. The Anointing To Teach 51

  8. The Anointing To Pastor 55

  9. The Anointing of the Prophet 65

  1. The Anointing of the Apostle 87

  2. How To Increase the Anointing 93

  3. Yielding to the Anointing 105

  4. Peculiar Anointings 109

  5. The Healing Anointing 119

  6. The Corporate Anointing 149


When I started out in the ministry 49 years ago, I wish we'd had the material that's available today. Our ministries and lives would have been different.

That's the reason I want to share with other ministers

— especially young ministers — what it took some of us 40

or 50 years to learn.

In this book I want to discuss what I have learned about the anointing during my half century of ministry. There is much about it in my spirit to share with you.

In Section 1, we will discuss the individual anointing that all believers have in the New Birth. We will point out that all believers can experience a deeper anointing by being baptized with the Holy Spirit. This experience, open to all believers, is for service.

In Section 2 we will see that there also is an anointing of the Holy Spirit upon ministry gifts — an anointing that goes with the offices.

Thank God for the ministry gifts He has placed in the Body of Christ so we may grow. Thank God for the anoint­ing of God upon men and women He's called to these offices.

There is an even stronger anointing, the corporate anoint­ing, that rests upon the Church. We will study this anointing in Section 3.

Bear in mind as you read this material that these are dif­ferent anointings, but they are all from the same Holy Spirit

— the only member of the Godhead who is at work in the

earth today.

Tulsa, Oklahoma July 1983

You will find that there's nothing like the glory of God in manifestation. Once you get a taste of it, nothing else will satisfy.


Individual Anointing
Chapter 1 The Anointing on Jesus

In Old Testament times, the common layman (we'd call him a "believer" today) had no anointing in him or on him. The presence of God was kept shut up in the Holy of Holies in the Temple.

But God would anoint the king to stand in that office; He would anoint the priest to stand in that office; and He would anoint the prophet to stand in that office. The Spirit of God would come upon these three types of individuals to enable them to stand in their respective offices.

David had all of these anointings. David was king, and he also was priest and prophet. In the 92nd Psalm, David said, ".. .1 shall be anointed with fresh oil" (v. 10). Oil is a type of the Holy Spirit. (Often we need a fresh anointing.)

Anointings Today

God is still anointing prophets today. Prophets are spokesmen for Him. The prophetic office includes anything that speaks for God — which would be all of the teaching and preaching offices — but especially that of the prophet, because that is the anointing involved. God is still anoint­ing people to preach, to testify, and to sing.

And He's still anointing priests. What was the func­tion of the priest? He represented other people. Other people couldn't go into the presence of God in the Holy of Holies, but the priest — the High Priest — could go into the Holy of Holies, so he was the intercessor for the people. God is still anointing intercessors. He's anointing people to pray. There's an anointing there.

And He's anointing kings. We're all kings, glory to

Understanding the Anointing

God. Romans 5:17 says that we shall "reign in life." It's because of the anointing that we're able to reign.

Other Old Testament references to the anointing include these texts from Zechariah and Isaiah.


6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might [or army], nor by power, but BY MY SPIRIT, saith the Lord of hosts.

We always think of might and power in connection with the Spirit of God. When God speaks of might and power in this Scripture, He's talking about human might. He's telling Zerubbabel, "It's not by the power of an army, but it's by my Spirit that the battle is going to be won." It's by the Spirit of God that victories come, not by the hand of man.

ISAIAH 10:27

27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed BECAUSE OF THE ANOINTING.

Sometimes we turn that phrase around and say, "It's the anointing that destroys (or breaks) the yoke." That's saying absolutely the same thing: The yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

This is true in our lives and ministries as well: The yoke of sickness or anything else that the devil tries to put on us will be destroyed because of the anointing.

In the New Testament, we see how the anointing was on the ministry of Jesus, and we can learn about minister-

The Anointing on Jesus

ing under the anointing.

LUKE 4:14-19

  1. And Jesus returned in the POWER of the SPIRIT into
    Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the
    region round about.

  2. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

Notice in the fourteenth verse, the word "power" is used in connection with the Holy Spirit. Combining these two verses, we could say, "He returned in the power of the Spirit and He taught," or, "He taught in the power of the Spirit" (for there is an anointing to teach).

  1. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought
    up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue
    on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

  2. And there was delivered unto him the book of the
    prophet Esaias [Isaiah]. And when he had opened the book,
    he found the place where it was written,

  3. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath
    ANOINTED me TO PREACH the gospel to the poor; he
    hath sent me TO HEAL the brokenhearted, to preach
    deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the
    blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

  4. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Notice in connection with the Holy Spirit there first was the word "power" (v. 14) and then the word "anointed" (v. 18).

Peter, preaching to Cornelius and his household, said, "How God ANOINTED Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him" (Acts 10:38).

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Jesus said, "The Spirit of the Lord is UPON me, because HE HATH ANOINTED ME...." (Luke 4:18). God anointed Jesus primarily to do two things according to this entire verse: to preach and to heal. (In connection with preaching, Jesus also was anointed to teach.)

The Ministry of Jesus Christ

When you discuss the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, most people immediately respond, "Well, yes, but He was the Son of God." And, of course, He was.

But what they fail to realize is that He as the Son of God was one thing and He as a person ministering was another thing. He did not minister as the Son of God He ministered as a mere man anointed by the Holy Spirit.

If people would just stop and think for a moment, they would see this in the passage of Scripture we have just been studying in Luke 4.

He was in His hometown of Nazareth on the sabbath day, went to the synagogue, and was given the scroll of Isaiah to read from. He read the passage we just studied: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me.... " After He had finished reading, Jesus handed the scroll back to the minister, sat down, and began to teach the people.

He said, "THIS DAY is this scripture fulfilled in your ears" (v. 21).

If Jesus had been ministering as the Son of God, He wouldn't have needed to be anointed. Or, if He had been ministering as God manifested in the flesh, would God have needed to be anointed?

Who is going to anoint God?

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In Philippians 2:7, it says that Jesus "made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men." The King James Version is a little unclear here. Other translations say He "laid aside" or "stripped Himself" of "His mighty power and glory" when He came into this world, even though He was the Son of God.

He came as a man. How did He do it? I don't know. The Bible says He did it, and I believe it!

As I've said many times, Jesus was just as much the Son of God when He was 21 years old as He was when He was 30 years old. He was just as much the Son of God when He was 25 as He was when He was 30. He was just as much the Son of God all those years — 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, wasn't He? Yet in all of those years, He never healed a person or wrought a miracle!

How do we know this? Because the Bible says so. The Bible tells us that Jesus was anointed after He was bap­tized of John in Jordan, and the Holy Spirit came upon Him in a bodily shape like a dove (Luke 3:22). God spoke from heaven and said, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased1' (Matt. 3:17).

Jesus' First Miracle

Then the Word of God tells us about Jesus' returning into the Galilee and attending the wedding feast at Cana with His mother. There He turned water into wine, and the Bible says this was the first miracle Jesus wrought: "This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him" (John 2:11).

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Jesus also had to be anointed before He could heal, because He had laid aside His mighty power and glory as the Son of God when He became a man. Although in person He was the Son of God, in power He was not the Son of God. Even though this may sound like a paradox, can you understand it?

When people say, "Well, yes — but Jesus was the Son of God," that puts Him in ministry in a class by Himself. That would mean that nobody else could minister that way — or even come close to it — if Jesus in ministry is in a class by Himself.

Now, as a person, because He is the Son of God, He is in a class by Himself. But in ministry, He is not in a class by Himself.

Why? Remember what Jesus said in John's Gospel?

JOHN 14:12

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and GREATER WORKS THAN THESE SHALL HE DO; because I go unto my Father.

Therefore, if Jesus' works — His ministry is His works — were in a class by themselves, as so many people believe, then Jesus told a falsehood. He said, ".. .the works that I do shall he [who believes on Jesus] do also; and GREATER WORKS than these shall he do.... "

So Jesus Himself did not place His works or His ministry in a class by themselves.

Why has this not been properly understood? We have not thoroughly studied the Word on this subject because we have been religiously brainwashed. We have thought,

The Anointing on Jesus

Well, there's no need of going into that, because Jesus is the Son of God, and I couldn 't minister that way, anyway. And so, of course, we've missed it.

Jesus in the Fivefold Ministries

Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:8 that when Christ ascended on High, He gave gifts to men. What were these gifts? They are listed in the eleventh verse: "And he gave some, APOSTLES; and some, PROPHETS; and some, EVAN­GELISTS; and some, PASTORS and TEACHERS These are commonly referred to as "the fivefold ministry gifts."

Actually, Jesus stood in all of the fivefold ministries — every one of them — and He's our example in every one of them.

First, He stood in the office of the apostle. He's called an apostle in the third chapter of Hebrews:


1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the APOSTLE and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.

The Greek word apostolos translated "apostle" means "a sent one," so Jesus is the foremost example of "a sent one." He was sent by God and by the Holy Spirit.

Second, Jesus stood in the office of the prophet Jesus calls Himself a prophet in the fourth chapter of Luke's Gospel: 'Wo PROPHET is accepted in his own country" (v. 24).

Then you remember the story of the woman at the well in Samaria. She said she wanted the living water Jesus

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promised, but when He told her to go get her husband, she admitted, "/ have no husband" (John 4:17).

Jesus replied, "Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly" (vv. 17,18).

In other words, Jesus said the man she was living with wasn't her husband. (In this modern day, we've encoun­tered some people even in charismatic circles who are living together without marriage, saying, "Oh well, God knows, and he's really my husband." He's no more your husband than you are a monkey's uncle.)

The woman at Jacob's Well acknowledged, "Sir, I perceive that thou art a PROPHET" (v. 19). She left her waterpot, returned to the city, and told the people, "Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" (v. 29).

One aspect of the prophet's ministry is that he sees and knows things supernaturally. (In the Old Testament he sometimes was called a "seer.") So Jesus was a prophet.

He also stood in the office of the evangelist He said in Luke 4:18, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because

he hath anointed me to PREACH THE GOSPEL "

That's what the evangelist is anointed to do: preach the Gospel, the Good News.

Fourth, Jesus stood in the office of pastor. He said, "lam the good SHEPHERD" (John 10:14). The word "shepherd" is the same word that's translated "pastor." Peter calls Jesus "the chief Shepherd" (1 Peter 5:4).

Fifth, Jesus stood in the office of teacher. The four Gospels say more about His teaching than anything else, if you go through and underline the word "teach" or

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"taught." Jesus taught more than He healed. He taught more than He preached. Teaching was first with Him.

Matthew 9:35 says, "He went about all the cities and villages, TEACHING in their synagogues, and PREACH­ING the gospel of the kingdom, and HEALING every sickness and every disease among the people."

His ministry consisted of teaching, preaching, and healing. There is an anointing that goes with each of these offices.

And if you'll function in your office, the anointing will be there. It can become stronger — it can be increased — or you can cause it to diminish and decrease, as we will study later.

The Spirit Without Measure

John the Baptist, speaking about Jesus, infers Jesus had the Holy Spirit without measure, inferring that we as individuals have the Spirit by measure:

JOHN 3:34

34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God:

for God giveth NOT the Spirit BY MEASURE unto him.

There is a measure of the Holy Spirit in the believer for a certain purpose, but an anointing comes upon you to stand in the office (or ministry) to which God has called you. Although it's the same Holy Spirit, it's a different anointing.

Because the Lord Jesus Christ had the Holy Spirit without measure, He stood in all five of the main ministry gifts, and He is the model for all of us to follow.

Chapter 2 The Anointing Within

Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath ANOINTED us, is God;

Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

2 Corinthians 1:21,22

But ye have an UNCTION from the Holy One, and ye know all things ....

But the ANOINTING which ye have re­ceived of him abideth IN you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same ANOINTING teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

1 John 2:20,27

In these two verses from First John, the terms "unction" and "anointing" are used. The Greek word is the same in both verses.

Every believer has an anointing — an unction — that abides within him, because the Holy Spirit comes in us in the New Birth. Romans 8:9 says, "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." The Spirit of Christ is the Holy Spirit.

We're not referring here to being baptized with the Holy Spirit, or being filled with the Holy Spirit, as the Bible terms it. That is a separate experience from the New Birth.

Two Spiritual Experiences

There is a dual working of the Spirit of God in the life


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of a believer: the New Birth and the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

In His teaching to the woman at the well of Samaria, Jesus said, ".. .the water that I shall give him shall be IN him a well of water springing up into everlasting life" (John 4:14).

In the seventh chapter of John's Gospel, Jesus said, "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, OUT of his belly shall flow rivers of living water" (v. 38).

Jesus told His disciples, "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth... for he dwelleth WITH you, and shall be IN you" (John 14:16,17).

Later, Jesus told the disciples, "But ye shall receive power AFTER that the Holy Ghost is come UPON you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me...." (Acts 1:8).

It's obvious that these are two different experiences Jesus is talking about. One — the New Birth — blesses you. It's water IN YOU springing up into everlasting life.

The other experience — the baptism in the Holy Spirit — makes you a blessing to others. It is those rivers flow­ing OUT of you; it is the enduement of power Jesus promised in Luke 24 — and it is available to every believer.

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