The Tanager wrote:
Is that different than receiving the Holy Spirit?
Yes, it is different. The expression "receiving holy spirit" is usually used in scripture in connection with some special gift or privilege (See John 20:22,23; Acts 10:45-47 compare Acts 19:6). While all true belivers can have
Gods holy spirit, not all, are anointed
or born again of spirit (2 Cor 1:21 ; 1Jh 2:20). The word "anointing" as you know is connected the ancient Hebrew ritual of appointing a king, so the holy spirit in this capacity is being used to choose those that are part of the kingdom covenant. Their adoption as spirit sons of God (in the same way Jesus was adopted at his baptism) signals their being chosen as royal heirs of the kingdom.
I think I know what you are going to ask, how is it that imperfect
beings can be adopted as sons of God? Again it comes back to the ransom, thanks to the ransom, God can attribute them a righteous standing, christs blood covers their sin allowing Him to deal with them in a way not normally possible. So the order would be first they are "cleansed" , then they are adopted then then Christ shares his inheritance with them as his brothers (kingdom covenant). They become a new creation, something unheard of and unimaginable before this time, a human with the birthrights of a spirit. A human being called to life in the spirit realm. Its little wonder the disciples couldnt get their heads around the notion before the outpouring.
ps: I have to say it's a pleasure to discuss these deeper topics with you here. I enjoy the debating but sometimes its nice not having to stick only to the elementary topics. How many different ways is there to discuss what happens at death or what is God's kingdom?