In the last series, we looked at the LAYING ON OF HANDS, where we discussed on how the laying on of hands was practiced in the Old Testament, which was a means to transfer the Spirit of wisdom to another person. This we see as Moses laid hands on Joshua. The laying on of hands stands as a medium of transfer of grace or anointing from one person to the other. We shall continue this series by looking at
- Laying on of hands in the New Testament
The practice is not very different from the Old Testament and the operation is still the same.
- We see that through the laying on of the hands Apostle Paul received the Holy Ghost and the brethren at Samaria.
Acts 9:17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and PUTTING HIS HANDS ON HIM said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST.
9:18 And IMMEDIATELY there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and WAS BAPTIZED.
The church sent Peter and John to go do the assignment of making brethren at Samaria to receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. Again,
Acts 8:14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
8:15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
8:17 Then LAID THEY THEIR HANDS ON THEM, AND THEY RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST.
This means, we can lay hands on brethren to receive the Holy Ghost.
- We saw that through the laying on of the hand Timothy received spiritual gift
1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the LAYING ON OF THE HANDS OF THE PRESBYTERY.
The elders laid hands on Timothy and he received spiritual gift, which means spiritual gift can be impacted by the laying on of the hands by elders of fathers in faith.
- It’s also a means of being commissioned in the ministry.
Acts 15:37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.
15:38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.
15:39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;
15:40 And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being RECOMMENDED by the brethren unto the grace of God.
Being commissioned is important because when Paul and Barnabas were to leave and there was a strong contention between them, Barnabas left without being commissioned by the church but Paul waited to be recommended by the brethren then he left. Paul got it before he left but Barnabas didn’t and we saw how Paul ministry grew and but we never heard of Barnabas again.
In the next series we shall look at RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD.