We as Christians sometimes forget this, but God saved us and placed the anointing of the Holy Spirit in us so that ultimately we could hear directly from the Lord to learn what we need to know on spiritual matters. Hearing from him requires us to familiarize ourselves with his word to remind ourselves what is expected from all of us who are part of a covenant relationship with him. When people in the church are easily led astray into deceptions, it’s either because they have stopped listening to the anointing God gave them (for whatever myriad of reasons) or because they never really received the anointing to begin with.
Peter and John in their letters expressed how their writings were meant to be reminders of what the saints knew or should have known from cultivating a relationship with the Lord. Peter stated the following:
10 …brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; 2 Pet. 1
In his previous letter, Peter pointed out the proper responsibility of church leaders, which many of today’s churches have lost sight of:
2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. 1 Pet. 5
Today we see that there is some constraint going on when people try to force their will within the church, whether the force comes from the leaders toward the general congregation or vice versa. Many times the constraint is centered around filthy lucre–doing something for selfish, lucrative ($$$) gains. That’s how we got the prosperity gospel. Leaders were never meant to be lords on pedestals over the congregation, but godly examples to the congregation to leave room for the Holy Spirit’s anointing to teach believers all things–which brings me to how John explained it:
20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. …
24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. …
27 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
Each of us are to use our spiritual office or spiritual gift as reminders and encouragement to each other about what the Holy Spirit’s anointing teaches us. What we learn should be in line with what the Holy Spirit taught via Christ and his prophets and apostles:
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 1 John 4:6 (Jesus pointed this out in John 15:20b)
This is how we know the authenticity of the anointing.