MANTLE VS. ANOINTING
By Gale Maiden
Character, Character and Character unto Glory
God’s mantle is His character and glory. The character and glory of God is developed in us by an intimate relationship with God called the anointing. A mantle in the natural is a cloak or outer garment for covering the body. A mantle is used symbolically in the Bible as the righteous call and covering of God in fulfilling our destinies.
The Prophet Elisha received the Prophet Elijah’s mantle…the character and glory of God given to Elijah (I Kings 19:19).
Mantle Realized in Holy Spirit and Power Anointing
Over a period of time, Elisha by the anointing given him through his relationship with Elijah the man of God, eventually qualified and received a double portion of the spirit anointing upon Elijah. Elijah saw in Elisha’s spirit a great calling and sought to bring it forth into a full- fledged mantle. Also Elisha saw the character and nature of God in Elijah’s spirit and sought it with all that was within. Elisha said several times to Elijah, “As the Lord lives and my soul lives I will not depart from you (Elijah).”
The anointing in spirit and power comes upon God’s chosen when the mantle is fully realized. Elijah said to Elisha, “If you see me the anointing is yours…if not you cannot have it.” Elisha was required to see the character and glory of God our Father in the spirit of the Prophet Elijah.
My Father, My Father…
Elisha saw that which was required by God in order to fully possess the spirit of Elijah mantle as his own. Elisha’ declaration at the moment Elijah was taken up in a whirlwind was proof enough that he saw properly. Elisha did and said…
And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven. 12 Elisha saw it and cried out, "My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!"
2 Kings 2:11-12 NASU
Elisha saw the fullness of the spirit of Elijah mantle. Elisha called Elijah father and associated him with the protection of Israel, the children of God. The mantle of the spirit of Elijah is the Father’s heart in protecting Israel. Elisha came into the fullness of his mantle.
Jesus’ Mantle…Savior of the World
It might be said that the mantle points towards our destiny and calling and the anointing is proof of the mantle. Jesus at age 30 was fully anointed at the River Jordan and announced such a bit later in the temple. The mantle of God had been cast upon Jesus at his birth and thirty years later the fullness of his anointed relationship and mantle with God was revealed.
The process of coming into the fullness of the anointing began when the Angel Gabriel said to Mary the mother of Jesus, “You shall call (invite) his name (identity) Jesus.” Jesus means Yahweh saves! Every time the name Jesus was spoken it was in reality calling for Jesus to come into the fullness of his mantle in demonstration by the anointing (Christ, Messiah). The name Jesus Christ literally means Yahweh saves by the anointing. Glory to God forevermore!
Let Us Do the Mantle of God to His Glory
We are called having had the mantle of God cast upon us. Seek the fulfillment of your mantle; receiving and continuing your anointed relationship with our heavenly Father.
The spirit of Elijah is restoring all things through righteous and loving Father and son heart relationship (Matthew 17:11, Mark 9:12).
God desires to be fully identified by our mantle and the anointing!
You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about (in the fullness of his mantle) doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Acts 10:38 NASU
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