Laying On Of Hands to Transfer Power From the Minister to The Sick Person.

Mark 16:14-20 KJV
(14)  Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
(15)  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
(16)  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
(17)  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
(18)  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
(19)  So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
(20)  And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

  • We see in verse 18 that Jesus is referencing the laying on of hands. Believers will lay hands on the sick and the sick SHALL RECOVER.
  • It is not just laying on of hands that make the sick recover. People get hands laid on them all the time but we seldom see any results of healing or any other manifestation of the spirit. There has to be a transfer of power. Laying on of hands is a "point of contact" for this transfer of power. It's like plugging an electrical device into a power outlet. Until contact is made no power will flow.
  • There is a caveat to this. The people seeking the healing must be receptive to the power that is present to heal. Look at the following example.

Mark 6:1-6 KJV
(1)  And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
(2)  And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
(3)  Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
(4)  But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
(5)  And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
(6)  And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

  • Jesus was only able to lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them because there was so much unbelief.
  • The people that knew Jesus and his family rejected him because they were only looking at him from the natural. They "thought they knew who he was". In their eyes he was just a carpenter, Mary's son. They knew all of his brothers and sisters and therefore had no regard for his divine nature. They were locked into the fact that they knew him from when he was just a child. Jesus himself quoted scripture saying that the only place a prophet doesn't have honor is around those who should be closest to them. 

Luke 4:38-41 KJV
(38)  And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her.
(39)  And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.
(40)  Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.
(41)  And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.

  • We see totally different results in this group of people. This group was receptive and were able to receive because they believed. Every one of these people got healed when Jesus laid his hands on them. There was a transfer of power, through the hands of Jesus into the bodies of the sick people and they were healed.

Luke 13:10-13 KJV
(10)  And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
(11)  And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
(12)  And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
(13)  And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

  • We see the power of God transmitted from Jesus through his hands and driving off the spirit of infirmity that had this lady bowed over for eighteen years.
  • All of these examples show the transfer of power from the believer to the sick person.

Matthew 9:27-31 KJV
(27)  And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.
(28)  And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
(29)  Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
(30)  And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.
(31)  But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.

  • We see a number of spiritual principles displayed here.
  • Jesus touched their eyes. Power left Jesus through his fingertips and went into their eyes and healed them.
  • The power flowed because of their faith. "According to your faith be it unto you"

Matthew 20:29-34 KJV
(29)  And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.
(30)  And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.
(31)  And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.
(32)  And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?
(33)  They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.
(34)  So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

  • Here we have a different set of blind men that were seeking Jesus for healing. Jesus was anointed by the spirit of God with all nine gifts of the spirit.
  • In verse 34 Jesus has compassion on them and touches their eyes. Power leaves Jesus through his fingertips and into the eyes of the blind men and they are healed. 
  • The gifts of healing is in operation here. Jesus was motivated by "compassion". That compassion caused power to flow. LOVE IS THE SOURCE OF SPIRITUAL POWER.

Acts 28:1-10 KJV
(1)  And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita.
(2)  And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.
(3)  And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
(4)  And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
(5)  And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.
(6)  Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.
(7)  In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously.
(8)  And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him.
(9)  So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:
(10)  Who also honoured us with many honours; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary.

  • Paul is definitely walking in the power of the supernatural. (Mark 16:16-18)
  • He was bitten by a highly venomous snake but it didn't kill him. (verse 5)
  • Paul laid his hands upon the father of Publius and prayed. Power left Paul and went into the body of Publius's father and healed him.



Laying On Of Hands To Confer A General Blessing.

Matthew 19:13-15 KJV
(13)  Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
(14)  But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
(15)  And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.

  • Notice they wanted Jesus to put his hands on them when he prayed. They didn't just ask for prayer, they wanted Jesus to touch them while he prayed.

Acts 6:1-7 KJV
(1)  And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
(2)  Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
(3)  Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
(4)  But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
(5)  And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
(6)  Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
(7)  And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.

  • This is an example of a general blessing being conferred on individuals.

Hands Laid On People To Began Ministry

Acts 13:1-3 KJV
(1)  Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
(2)  As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
(3)  And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

  • The Holy Spirit had already given them their assignment. Prayer was made from them and hands laid upon them to bless the work that God was sending them forth to do.

1 Timothy 4:14-16 KJV
(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.
(15)  Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
(16)  Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

1 Timothy 4:14 AMPC+
(14)  Do not neglect the gift which is in you, [that special inward endowment] which was directly imparted to you [by the Holy Spirit] by prophetic utterance when the elders laid their hands upon you [at your ordination].

  • Don't neglect your gift.
  • The Holy Spirit, through prophecy has revealed your gift.
  • Timothy's gift was revealed and imparted to him when hands were laid upon him.

Hands Laid On People To Receive The Holy Ghost

Acts 8:9-19 KJV
(9)  But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:
(10)  To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.
(11)  And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
(12)  But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
(13)  Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
(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:
(15)  Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
(16)  (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
(17)  Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
(18)  And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
(19)  Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

  •  Just because you are saved doesn't mean that you are full of the Holy Spirit.
  • Simon had to see a physical sign in order to know that the Holy Ghost had been given to the Samaritans. The physical sign was that the Samaritans spoke in other tounges.