(1Jo 2:20,27; R.V., "anointing"). Kings, prophets, and priests were anointed, in token of receiving divine grace. All believers are, in a secondary sense, what Christ was in a primary sense, "the Lord's anointed."
The same Gr. word as that translated 'anointing' in 1Jo 2:27 is in 1Jo 2:20 rendered 'unction' (RV 'anointing'). It is used there metaphorically of the effect of the presence of the Holy Spirit upon the believer.