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Some Fundamental Topics

Spiritual Gifts and Laying on of Hands

One of the Church’s core features is, as we have said, the guidance of the Holy Spirit; His manifestation through spiritual gifts, especially among them, the gift of prophecy.

Given that there are many spiritual gifts, and they are listed in multiple Bible passages throughout the New Testament, we reference just a few examples, such as 1 Corinthians 12:

4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

Regarding the ministering or exercise of the spiritual gifts, it is necessary to highlight the laying on of hands, through which other spiritual gifts become evident. Our hands are laid on people for healing, deliverance, to work miracles or to impart the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

Paul the apostle highlighted the value of this feature in laying hands, when in the first letter he wrote to Timothy in its chapter 4 to instruct him, as well as to instruct us today.

14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership..

Our Lord Jesus Christ laid His hands as stated in Matthew 19:

14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.

Acts of the Apostles in chapter 19 shows this aspect with regards to Paul the apostle.

6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

Just as Peter and John the apostles did in Acts 8:

17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Scripture therefore shows—both repeatedly and systematically—the existence, the work and the blessings that come through the gift of laying on of hands.

Index

Introduction
The Existence of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
The Bible as the Written Word of God
Existence and Value of the Ministry Called and Chosen by God
The Role of Women in the Church
A Universal Church for All
Baptism in Water
Baptism with the Holy Spirit
Spiritual Gifts and Laying on of Hands
The Gift of Prophecy
The Change of Life
Resurrection, not Reincarnation
The Blessing of Eternal Life


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