THE DOCTRINE OF LAYING ON OF HANDS (PART 1)

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TOPIC: THE DOCTRINE OF LAYING ON OF HANDS (PART 1)

The roots of the doctrine of laying of hands is found in the Old Testament. It was used to signify the
transference and impartation of something e.g. of sin (Lev16:21-22), of authority or grace (Lev27:18-
20, Deut 34:9), and of blessings (Gen48:14-15).
We see another dimension of its use with the common phrase ‘the hand of the Lord was upon me’
whenever God wishes to use a man to accomplish a task. Examples are Ezekiel (Eze1:3), Elijah
(1King18:46), David(1Chr28:19) to name a few. It implies God is giving an unction for a particular
task, a sort of divine empowerment and commissioning (Ps80:17). God lays his hands to release a
measure of his Spirit into man so that man can accomplish God’s task.
The Kingdom Call
Mark3:14 they were called, so he could send them forth. Discipleship is a means to this end. You
should not be here if you are not ready to work. The prize/trophy of discipleship is the privilege of
being used of God! Our high calling is to:

  1. Preach and make disciples Mk16:15. Matt28:19
  2. The disciples will “be” witnesses Act1:8. What does it mean to ‘be witnesses’ rather
    than ‘bear witness’?
    To occupy till he comes, Matt28:18, Luke19:13 (in the same manner that Adam was
    instructed in Gen1:28)
    We must do Christ’s work John9:4, 20:21.
    Grace has been given to everyone for a particular work Eph4:7, 2Pet4:10
    We must be endued to be able to serve him 1Pet4:11,
    The disciples had to wait for power transfer Act1:4,8
    Only God’s power produces acceptable work John15:5
    Has God laid a hold on you?
    Let’s take a look at the following examples:
     Paul Col1:29, Phil3:12,14
     Jeremiah Jer1:9; 20:9
     Ezekiel 3:14-15
    Where are the passions of God in our Generation? The kind that made Jesus get the whip?
    CONCLUSION: Have we received God’s grace in vain (1Cor6:1)? Have we lost our calling in the mist
    of the thorns and struggles of life? Where are the flames of ‘use me or I die’? May the Lord have
    mercy upon us, May His fire burn in us again.
    Hymn: Pass me not O gentle saviour.

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