There was a question in a post below about referring to baptism as an “anointing.” I re-post my reply here:
There’s a lot that could be said about this (see Peter Leithart’s “Priesthood of the Plebs” for an extensive study), but in brief, I was thinking about some of the following: Jesus was anointed in His baptism by the Holy Spirit (Acts. 10:36-37). The Scriptures also say that we have been anointed (2 Cor. 1:21, 1 Jn. 2) and generally refer to Christians as kings and priests (1 Pet. 2:5-10, Rev. 1:6), that is, bearing offices that presuppose anointing. While the Holy Spirit is obviously tied to this anointing, the NT generally associates the Holy Spirit with baptism (Acts 2:38, Tit. 3:5). I would also argue generally that since the name “Christ” means “anointed one,” and to be baptized is to be baptized “into” Christ (cf. Rom. 6:3, Gal. 3:27), all who are baptized are covenantally joined to the “Anointed One” and thereby share in His anointing.