In my previous teachings, l pointed out that the practice of anointing believers with the so-called “holy anointing oil” has no scriptural basis. Believers don’t maintain or increase the power and anointing in their lives by this practice.
Believers grow in the anointing in their lives by separating themselves from the contamination of the world, consecrating themselves wholly unto God, walking in love, studying the Word, giving themselves to prayer, and yielding to the Holy Spirit. And, eventually, they become powerhouses for the Lord and vessels for His glory.
We don’t anoint believers with “holy anointing oil” to empower, strengthen and consecrate them into any office for God Himself has anointed them in Christ (see 2 Cor.1:21:1; 1Jn 2:27). However, ministers can impart certain gifts, blessings, abilities, grace by laying hands on believers for them to be established and serve in a greater capacity of power and anointing AS THEY’RE LED BY THE SPIRIT.
Understand that God’s desire for us is to work together as a team to fulfill His purpose on earth. And one of the means God uses to equip us to fulfill this, or function with the common grace, power, gift, and anointing is the act of impartation.
Metadidomi” is the Greek word for impartation. The word “metadidomi” means to share in association with anyone, to impart, communicate, to bestow something. Other words we can use to help bring a clearer meaning of this word are transmit, pass on, confer, and transfer.
Sadly, the act of impartation is ignored in charismatic circles. We have erroneously replaced this act with the practice of anointing believers with “holy anointing oil” in our services.
My heart’s desire and prayer to God is, ministers will begin to appreciate the importance of impartation and give this act its rightful place in the Church as the Spirit leads.
There are three major ways by which impartation happens to us. A divine impartation or transfer may come directly from God upon believers for them to fulfill a common goal. For instance, when the burden of leadership was becoming too heavy on Moses’ life, he cried out to God about this. God’s response was to get Moses to gather together 70 men of the elders of Israel (Numbers 11:16 – 17).
24. So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord, and he gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tabernacle. 25. Then the Lord came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, AND TOOK OF THE SPIRIT THAT WAS UPON HIM, AND PLACED THE SAME UPON THE SEVENTY ELDERS; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, although they never did so again.
God took the Spirit that was upon Moses and placed the same on the 70 elders. That impartation enabled them to take on greater responsibility to support Moses, to minister to the people, and bless them in a more powerful way.
The second way impartation can be received by someone is through association, environment, and influence. The anointing or the same spirit comes through these means. Christians who follow a leader and work closely with him can have the same spirit or anointing upon him. The same spirit on Elijah was seen at work in the ministry of Elisha who followed him closely. Again, consider what Paul said about His co-worker Titus regarding this:
For we have the same spirit and walk in each other’s steps, doing things the same way (2 Cor. 12:18).
In his book, Understanding the Anointing, Kenneth Hagin posed the question: Did you ever notice that those who work closely with me have the same anointing on them that l have on me?
The third major way by which we receive impartation is, by faith, a minister can directly impart to his leaders or others spiritual gifts and abilities which God has already given to him AS HE IS LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. Scripture stresses the importance of impartation by God’s ministers through the laying on of hands. This is what l also want to lay stress on in this article.
Before Joshua took over the leadership of Israel, GOD INSTRUCTED MOSES to set him aside and lay hands on him to impart his authority and honour to him so that he could better lead Israel. The impartation gave Joshua spiritual credibility that the people responded to.
“And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; FOR MOSES HAD LAID HIS HANDS UPON HIM: so the children of Israel heeded him, and did as the Lord commanded Moses.”
Joshua received more wisdom for leadership as a result of that impartation from the hands of Moses. And he could function much more like Moses, his predecessor who did the imparting or transferring of the spirit AS INSTRUCTED BY GOD.
We shouldn’t belittle the glory, the power, the honour, and the anointing that we’ve in Christ as ministers. We must, therefore, trust that by our hands, God can graciously transfer gifts, blessings, and abilities we have to others. Together with them, we will surely fulfill God’s purpose on earth to the praise of the Father’s glory.
But we must be cautious, and not hastily lay hands on believers with the aim of imparting any gift or ability to them WITHOUT BEING LED BY THE SPIRIT.
One person who provides good examples in the light of this in his outreaches and ministries is the Apostle Paul.
11. For I long to see you, that I MAY IMPART TO YOU SOME SPIRITUAL GIFT, so that you may be established 12. that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
Paul’s desire was to empower the Roman believers to rise in effective ministry through impartation. He learned that he could pass on abilities, blessings, and giftings that God had given to him by grace.
The Apostle Paul’s desire to see people released into ministries through impartation is further shown in the laying of hands-on Timothy by himself and the council of elders (see1Timothy 4:14). Timothy was somehow impacted by the impartation.
Rightly, Paul in his second letter to Timothy reminded him of the impartation he experienced when hands were laid on him. Paul thus encouraged Timothy to stir up the gift of God that he received as a result of the impartation.
2 Timothy 1:6
“Wherefore I put you in remembrance that you stir up the gift of God, which is in you BY THE PUTTING ON OF MY HANDS.”
There is no doubt that God wants us to positively impact and raise a generation that will be better and greater than us. GOD MAY LEAD US TO IMPART THE RICH AND SPIRITUAL ABILITIES that we’ve received by grace to others. We must, therefore, prepare ourselves to be the vessels that God can use for this very purpose. Then by faith, we can divinely transfer to sons and daughters of God as and when we’re led or directed by the Holy Spirit.
Written by Peter Collins Obeng
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