How God anointed … Acts 10:38

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Key Verse

  • You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed1 Him with the Holy Spirit and with power2, and how He went about doing good3 and healing4 all who were oppressed5 by the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38 NASB

Other versions

  • How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38 AMP
He healed all who were oppressed by the devil; or in other words He healed none who were not oppressed by the devil. Elsewhere it says that He healed all who came to Him (see below). Putting 2 and 2 together, one could imply that the cause of all ill health is the devil.

All Healed

  • When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed themLuke 4:40 NKJV
  • all the people were trying to touch Him, because power was coming from Him and healing them allLuke 6:19 NASB
  • And many people joined and accompanied Him, and He cured all of them Matthew 12:15 AMPC

Anointed with ...

1. Holy Spirit

  • After He was baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and settling on Him … Matthew 3:16 NASB
  • And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon HimJohn 1:32 NKJV
  • Then Jesus, being filleda with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. Luke 4:1-2 NKJV
aThis (being filled with the Holy Spirit) was preceded by 
  • When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And
    the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a
    voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” Luke 3:21–22 NKJV

2. Power

  • Then Jesus went back full of and under the power of the [Holy] Spirit into Galilee, and the fame of Him spread through the whole region round about. Luke 4:14 AMP
  • All the people were trying to touch Him, because [healing] power was coming from Him and healing them all. Luke 6:19 AMP

Went about ...

1. Doing Good

  • And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen. John 21:25 NKJV

2. Healing

  • He laid His hands upon every one of them and cured them. Luke 4:40 AMP
  • all the multitude were seeking to touch Him, for healing power was all the while going forth from Him and curing them all [saving them from severe illnesses or calamities]. Luke 6:19 AMP
  • And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once. Matthew 17:18 NASB 1977
  • Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” John 5:8-10 NKJV
Example: Treat = Insulin to keep Diabetes under control. Cure = removal of Diabetes.



  1. 5548 χρίω [XRI/W] {chríō} \khree'-o\ probably akin to 5530 through the idea of contact; to smear or rub with oil, i.e. (by implication) to consecrate to an office or religious service:--anoint.
    5530 χράομαι [XRA/OMAI] {chráomai} \khrah'-om-ahee\

    middle voice of a primary verb (perhaps rather from 5495, to handle); to furnish what is needed; (give an oracle, "graze" (touch slightly), light upon, etc.), i.e. (by implication) to employ or (by extension) to act towards one in a given manner:--entreat, use. Compare 5531; 5534.

  2. 1411 δύναμις [DU/NAMIS] {dýnamis} \doo'-nam-is\ from 1410; force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself):--ability, abundance, meaning, might(-ily, -y, -y deed), (worker of) miracle(-s), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work
  3. 2109 εὐεργετέω [EU)ERGETE/W] {euergetéō} \yoo-erg-et-eh'-o\ from 2110; to be philanthropic:--do good.
    2110 εὐεργέτης [EU)ERGE/THS] {euergétēs} \yoo-erg-et'-ace\ from 2095 and the base of 2041; a worker of good, i.e. (specially) a philanthropist:--benefactor.
    2041 ἔργον [E)/RGON] {érgon} \er'-gon\ from a primary (but obsolete) ἔργω [E)/RGW] {érgō} (to work); toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication, an act:--deed, doing, labour, work.
  4. 2390 ἰάομαι [I)A/OMAI] {iáomai} \ee-ah'-om-ahee\ middle voice of apparently a primary verb; to cure (literally or figuratively):--heal, make whole.
  5. 2616 καταδυναστεύω [KATADUNASTEU/W] {katadynasteúō} \kat-ad-oo-nas-tyoo'-o\ from 2596 and a derivative of 1413; to exercise dominion against, i.e. oppress:--oppress. 
    1413 δυνάστης [DUNA/STHS] {dynástēs} \doo-nas'-tace\ from 1410; a ruler or officer:--of great authority, mighty, potentate.