John the Baptist was born to be the forerunner of Jesus Christ. He was the last prophet to be revealed before Jesus would be manifested.
John the Baptist came in the spirit and power of Elijah (Matt 17:10-13). This doesn’t mean he was a reincarnation of Elijah, but rather, he carried the same divine authority and anointing. Surprisingly, John himself wasn’t aware of this significant connection, as today’s Bible text highlights.
I believe that God never told John that he had the anointing of Elijah because He had already told John’s father, and John’s father was probably expected to tell John (there was no instruction to the contrary). When the Angel appeared to John’s father to tell him about the birth of John, the angel told him that John would come in the spirit and power of Elijah (see Luke 1:17).
Interestingly, despite fulfilling his prophetic role, John didn’t perform extraordinary miracles (see John 10:41). It’s plausible that if he had recognized the full extent of his anointing, he might have displayed miraculous power similar to Elijah’s.
Lessons from today’s meditation:
If you have a father in the Lord or discipler, there are some things the Lord may reveal to him about you that you may not know about yourself. Proper discipleship uncovers hidden potentials.
Spiritual power comes as a result of revelation. You may have the potential to do certain things but you may never do them if you do not know you have the ability.
Go into today asking the Lord to reveal who you are to you.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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