Malankara World

What Shall I Do To Be Saved?

By Rev. Dr. Curian Kaniyamparambil

Question 58. Was there chrism during the apostolic time?

Yes, Refer to Mark 6, James 5:1, 1 John 2:20, 27.

Two words are used, anointing and unction. Both KJV and Scofied Bibles use the word Unction. When St. John uses the word Anointing it means the act of anointing. For evidence please refer to the documents below. The word used in the original Syrian version isMushihooso (anoint) for anointing. [George Lamsa's English translation uses the word anointing. We also have to remember that John's mother tongue was Aramaic (Syriac). His usage was correct. Again, the early church fathers have written about Chrism. So it is obvious that anointing is not a mental phenomenon, but the receiver receives it through a visible, physical act, performed by a person of authority (Apostles bishops, and elders).

When John talks about anointing in 1 John 2:27, he means anointing with chrism. As for you, the anointing that you received from him remains in you, so that you need not need anyone to teach you (1 John 2:27). St. John exhorts the believers to fight against heretic views.

In the Jewish community, only a privileged few were able to receive unction. The apostles made it applicable to all who were baptized, as recorded by John.

The people of Samaria and Ephesus were baptized but did not have the Gift of the Holy Spirit. The apostles had to come and "lay their hands on them" so that they may receive the Holy Spirit. This proves that one will not receive the blessings of the Holy Spirit by baptism in water alone.

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