Laying on of hands
It is a prophetic act that gives and transfers, through the Holy Spirit, the authority to develop a ministerial work with its obligations and privileges. In biblical times the practice of the laying on of hands over another individual had a lot to do with the transference of power or authority from a patriarch over the next person in the line of command.
“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. 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.” Acts 13:1-3
In the book of Hebrews, the laying on of hands is one of the first teachings along with the baptism, the resurrection and the eternal judgement; and it is important because it imparts in the Holy Spirit the blessings and the gifts needed to accomplish the work assigned by God. The laying on of hands is used in the churches to give authority in an assignment: to evangelize and to communicate a message or a gift from the Holy Spirit, like the healing of the sick.
“And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the Lord commanded Moses.” Deuteronomy 34:9
The laying on of hands gives us the authority to judge and to decide in the Holy Spirit and according to the Word of God, everything that is happening in the daily life of the people of the Lord and is also an instrument to extend the kingdom of heaven over the earth.
“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 18:18
The terms bind and loose in the Hebrew roots means to have authority in the Holy Spirit to prohibit everything that opposes to the establishment of the kingdom of heaven and to allow everything that supports the implementation of the sovereignty of God. This authority is confirmed through the laying on of hands. Laying hands on another person is a holy action that we need to take with a lot of responsibility because it gives us the privilege to work within the frame of authority of God. If we are not submitted to the authority established by God for our lives, we cannot make use of this privilege, because who does not know how to submit to authorities is not authorized to exercise authority:
“Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.” 1 Timothy 5:22
The laying on of hands is also used to minister in the name of Jesus, the baptism of the Holy Spirit to the believers:
“Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.” Acts 8:17