Saving Souls Through Jesus Christ, One Soul At A Time....



Posted by Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles on March 14, 2010 at 10:14 AM




During the ministry of Jesus, the most commonly recorded means of ministering healing was the "laying on of hands." Sometimes He spoke words in order to heal Matthew 8:7-8, 13;9:6-7, but most of the time. He laid His hands on those before Him who needed healing Matthew 8:14-15; Mark 1:40; 7:32-35; Luke 4:40; 5:12-13.

Right before His ascension, Jesus told His disciples to carry this tradition on into the future. Mark 16:17-18 "These signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won't hurt them.


They will be able to place their hands on the sick and heal them."

Reading through the book of Acts, it is apparent that this is exactly what happened. Read Acts 5:12 and 9:11. Hebrews 6:1-2 " So let us stop going over the basics of Christianity again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don't need to start all over again with the importance of turning away from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.


You don't need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection f the dead, and eternal judgment." It became one of the foundational doctrines of the early church. The idea of laying on of hands is a practice that goes back to the Old Covenant Under the Old Covenant, it was done as a means of transference of authority and inheritance:

Jacob laid his hands on his grandsons Ephraim and Manasseth, to pronounce a blessing over each of them. Genesis 48:14-16.

Moses laid his hands on Joshua to transfer his authority and rulership to him. Numbers 27:18.


The Priest laid hands on the scapegoat to impute the sins of Israel. Leviticus 16:21.

No matter what the instance, laying on of hands was used as a means of transferring something from one party to another.

Then Jesus came along and started ministering healing through the laying on of hands. There flowed from Him a power that effected healing in the physical body of the person to whom He ministered. Read Matthew 9:29; 20:34; and Mark 7:33. The multitudes of that day very quickly got the idea that there was power power coming from Jesus, and they followed Him seeking to simply touch Him, so that they might be healed. Read Matthew 14:35-36; Mark 6:56. Luke 6:19 NKJV "And the multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all."


Today, the laying on of hands is still one of the main God-given ways for healing power to be transferred to sick people. Jesus said that believers would lay their hands on the sick and the sick would recover. Why would this work for someone who is not some kind of professional minister? It works because the very life and power of God dwells within every believer. Every believer has the ability to transfer that life and power to someones who needs healing.


It works just as well today as it did in Jesus day. Back then it took a certain amount of nerve, guts, if you will to lay hands on sick people, expecting their health to change either quickly or slowly. Today is no different. Whenever we lay hands on the sick we are laying ourselves on the line, risking the ridicule of people who may not understand or who may disagree.


Whether anybody understand, agrees, applauds or even likes it at all, laying on of hands is still one od God's ways of transmitting His healing power into the bodies of sick people.


If you haven't accepted Christ as your Savior simply say in an audible voice, in all sincerity from the depths of your heart, "Lord Jesus Christ, forgive me of my sins and accept me as Your child. I accept You as my personal Savior and I promise to follow the instructions of Your Word from this day on. If I fail because I am human, please help pick me up so I can try again! Thank you, Jesus, for saving me from all my sins. AMEN."

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