Welcome back. We will continue our discussion from the previous post on the laying on of hands. This is the moment when a sick person begins to release their faith to start believing they have received. Some people refer to it as a point of contact for this reason.
We previously discussed the anointing of oil. This also is a point of contact for receiving healing.
We are examining ways to receive healing. Laying on of hands is a means by which we can receive but it also is a means by which we can minister healing.
Every believer can lay hands on the sick and expect them to recover. It is actually part of what many call the great commission.
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 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.
Jesus said that “these signs shall follow them that believe”. Every Christian should fit into this category. This is why we are referred to as “believers”! Notice that one of the signs Jesus references is laying hands on the sick. He mentioned it and said that “they shall recover”.
I told you that laying on of hands could be viewed from two points of view. We have looked at the first. The second viewpoint is the law of contact and transmission.
There is an anointing to stand in the office God has called us to minister in. This is not the only anointing. The Bible also talks about anointings to heal, teach, and preach.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Jesus referenced several anointings in this verse:
- Anointing to preach the Gospel to the poor
- Anointing to heal the brokenhearted
- Anointing to preach deliverance to the captives
- Anointing for recovering of sight to the blind
- Anointing for setting at liberty them that are bruised
Luke recorded this statement by Jesus regarding His anointings. Luke is also the author of Acts and there he also mentioned Jesus’ anointing to heal.
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
In this verse we see that God anointed Jesus with “the Holy Ghost and with power”. The result of this anointing was that he went about “doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil”.
I find it interesting that Luke tells us that Jesus’ healing was “good”. Healing the sick is a good thing!
Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit when He walked the earth. We see that the Bible clearly shows that this anointing included healing. This anointing was, and is, an enablement to minister God’s healing power to the sick.
One additional thing that we need to focus on in Acts 10:38 is that Luke tells us the sick were “oppressed of the devil”. I have heard people talking about God putting a sickness on them. Many are only repeating what they have been taught in Church. This is equivalent to saying that God put an oppression of Satan on them and He is not working with the devil!
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Does sickness steal? Has it killed anyone or destroyed any person’s life? The answer is yes. John tells us that these are the goals of Satan. This is the reason I believe that this lie God is putting sickness on people being perpetrated by religious tradition is one of the greatest distortions of truth.
Ministers can be used as a tool of Satan. Many teach tradition they were taught in Seminary and received because their “elders” taught it. There is nothing wrong with education but everything we learn must be examined in light of Scripture.
Let me ask you one final question as we close this post. If sickness and disease is really a tool God uses to teach His children, why would He have anointed Jesus to heal the sick? We will pick up our next post with this question.
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