Period of spiritual instruction laying on of hands, doctrine of laying on of hands
Doctrine of Laying on of Hands
Therefore leaving the
principles of the doctrine
of Christ, let us go on unto
perfection; not laying again
the foundation of
repentance from dead
works, and of faith toward
God, Of the doctrine of
baptisms, and of laying on
of hands, and of
resurrection of the dead,
and of eternal judgment.
FAITH TOWARD GOD
LAYING ON OF HANDS
1. Transference of Sin
2. Offering the Scapegoat
3. Ordination Services
4. Special Blessing
5. Receiving an Inheritance
6. Passing & Sparing Judgment
7. Healing of the Sick
8. Impartation of Spiritual Gifts
9. Divine Mandate & Commission
And thou shalt cause a bullock to be
brought before the tabernacle of the
congregation: and Aaron and his sons
shall put their hands upon the head of
the bullock. And thou shalt kill the
bullock before the LORD, [by] the door
of the tabernacle of the congregation.
And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out
of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, Speak unto the
children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you
bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your
offering of the cattle, [even] of the herd, and of the flock. If
his offering [be] a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a
male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary
will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before
the LORD. And he shall put his hand upon the head of the
burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make
atonement for him. Leviticus 1:1-4
The doctrine of laying on of hands was practiced in the Old Testament.
The Aaronic priests were purified for service to God through the
transferal of their sins to a bull. Similarly, when an Israelite presented
a peace or a sin offering, he laid his hands upon the animal being
offered, identifying himself with it and transferring his guilt to the
animal. Thus, the animal was set apart by God through the laying on of
The identification process required faith.
Lamb: Christ as our peace offering –
Goat: Christ as our sin offering – Galatians
Bull: Christ as the faithful servant Hebrews 3:1-6
Ram: Christ as our substitute – 2
Scriptural References: Leviticus 16:7-10, Mark 1, John 1
And he shall take the two goats, and present them
before the LORD [at] the door of the tabernacle of
the congregation. And Aaron shall cast lots upon
the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other
lot for the scapegoat. And Aaron shall bring the
goat upon which the LORD'S lot fell, and offer
him [for] a sin offering. But the goat, on which the
lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive
before the LORD, to make an atonement with him,
[and] to let him go for a scapegoat into the
wilderness. Leviticus 16:7-10
John the Baptist (a Levite priest) prophetically
proclaimed Jesus as the our scapegoat.
Immediately after being identified as such Jesus
was led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be
tempted of the devil.
Scriptural References: John 1, Mark 1
And thou shalt bring the Levites before the LORD:
and the children of Israel shall put their hands upon
the Levites: And Aaron shall offer the Levites before
the LORD [for] an offering of the children of
Israel, that they may execute the service of the LORD.
The Levities were ordained to the ministry of the
priesthood through the laying on of hands.
Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the
congregation, Which may go out before them, and which may go in
before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them
in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no
shepherd. And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of
Nun, a man in whom [is] the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him; And
set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and
give him a charge in their sight. And thou shalt put [some] of thine
honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may
be obedient. And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask
[counsel] for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his
word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, [both] he,
and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation. And
Moses did as the LORD commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set
him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation: And he
laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD
commanded by the hand of Moses. Numbers 27:16-23
Moses laid his hands upon Joshua,
signifying the transferal of some of his
authority to lead the nation. This rite
of ordination was always accompanied
by a special commission and the
giving of special authority.
Scriptural References: Genesis 48:12-20; Psalm
139:4-6; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17.
And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself
with his face to the earth. And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right
hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward
Israel's right hand, and brought [them] near unto him….verse 20 And he
blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make
thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
Jacob laid his hands on his grandsons' heads to confer
God's blessing upon them.
For [there is] not a word in my tongue, [but], lo, O
LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset
me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
[Such] knowledge [is] too wonderful for me; it is
high, I cannot [attain] unto it. Psalms 139:4-6
King David considered God's hand upon him as
a blessing and comfort.
And they brought unto him also infants,
that he would touch them: but when
[his] disciples saw [it], they rebuked
Jesus blessed little children by laying
His hands on them.
But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and
bring forth mine armies, [and] my people the children of Israel, out of the land of
Egypt by great judgments. Exodus 7:4
God laid His hands on Egypt in divine judgment by sending plagues.
When trying a blasphemer, each witness placed his hands upon the guilty
person to signify his acceptance of the verdict. Conversely, when a victim
was spared death—as when God commanded Abraham not to sacrifice
Isaac or when He allowed the leaders of Israel to see Him without dying—
mercy is described as hands not being laid on the spared victim.
Bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp; and
let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and
let all the congregation stone him.
And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do
thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest
God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only
son from me. Genesis 22:12
Scriptural References: Matthew 9:18-30; Mark 6:5;
16:17-18; Luke 4:40; 13:10-13; Acts 5:12; 28:8;
While he spake these things unto them, behold, there
came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying,
My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy
hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose,
and followed him, and so did his disciples. And,
behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of
blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the
hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I
may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders
of the church; and let them pray over
him, anointing him with oil in the name of the
Lord:And the prayer of faith shall save the
sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he
have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one
for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual
fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Jesus commissioned the church to lay
hands on the sick and to pray for their
healing. The physical act of laying on of
hands as a point of contact for releasing
faith is scriptural and powerful. The
miraculous power to heal derives from
the authority of God’s Word.
Scriptural References: Acts 9:17; 19:6; I Timothy
4:14; II Timothy 1:6-7
Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that
they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was
fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the
name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they [their] hands on
them, and they received the Holy Ghost. Acts 8:15-17
Through the laying on of hands the gift of the Holy
Spirit was given to believers in the New Testament.
Acts 8, Acts 9, Acts 19
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which
was given thee by prophecy, with the laying
on of the hands of the presbytery. 1 Timothy
Timothy received spiritual gifts through
the ministry of the laying on of hands.
Scriptural References: Acts 6:3-6; 13:2-3
I Timothy 5:22
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.
But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and
to the ministry of the word. 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: Whom
they set before the apostles: and when they had
prayed, they laid [their] hands on them. Acts 6:3-6
Laying on of hands is a
powerful ministry that God has
given the church today. This
minstry should be administered
under the direction and unction
of the Holy Spirit as well as
through the clear guidelines on
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. And when they had
fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on
them, they sent them away. So they, being
sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto
Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to
Cyprus. Acts 13 :2-4
Through the laying on of hands
the elders of the early church
commissioned the seven
deacons to minister to the
widows as well as for Paul and
Silas for their missionary
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