LAYING ON OF HANDS

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Key Verse

  • Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and about the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. Hebrews 6:1-2 NASB

Purpose

1. Ordination

  • Do not hurry to lay hands on anyone [ordaining and approving someone for ministry or an office in the church, or in reinstating expelled offenders], and thereby share in the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin. 1 Timothy 5:22 AMP

Other versions

  • Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. 1 Timothy 5:22 ESV
See example

  • Moses did as the LORD had commanded him. He took Joshua, had him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole congregation,
    and laid his hands on him and commissioned him, as the LORD had instructed through Moses. Numbers 27:22&23 BSB

2. Healing

  • And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not harm them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will be made well.” Mark 16:17-18 BSB

See examples

  • Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:3 BSB
  • He touched her hand, and the fever left her Matthew 8:15 NASB
  • So He could not perform any miracles there, except to lay His hands on a few of the sick and heal them. Mark 6:5 BSB
  • Once again Jesus placed His hands on the man’s eyes, and when he opened them his sight was restored, and he could see everything clearly. Mark 8:25 BSB
  • When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them. Luke 4:40 NKJV
  • Then He placed His hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and began to glorify God. Luke 13:13 BSB

3. Holy Spirit

  • Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 9:17 NASB
  • And when Paul had laid hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying. Acts 19:6 NASB

4. Wisdom

  • And the LORD said to Moses: “Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him Numbers 27:18 NKJV
  • Now Joshua the son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the sons of Israel listened to him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses. Deuteronomy 34:9 NASB
Joshua already had the Holy Spirit. When Moses laid lands on him, he was filled with the spirit of wisdom.

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