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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Impartation of the Anointing

Scripture says we can receive the anointing through “impartation”.  While impartation is biblical and very real, there are different kinds of impartations.  In the orginal Koine Greek, impartation is metadidomi (met-ad-id'-o-mee) meaning ‘to give over’ or ‘to share’. When you consider this meaning of impartation it seems more understandable in biblical terms.

For example, in Romans 1:11-12 (NKJV) Paul writes:

For I long to see you, that I may impart {#3330 Strong)} to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established — that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.  

Note that Paul states quite clearly that the impartation of ‘some spiritual gift’ leads to being established. This also rather implies that, since the impartation of a gift yields establishment, without the impartation there is no establishment, or at least not a full establishment in ministry.

Let’s look at different ways of imparting.

Impartation by Laying on of Hands

One form of impartation, and probably the most common, is through the laying on of hands.  In fact, this is an official symbolic act in the Old Testament and New Testament and is still used as part of the ordination ceremony for Pastors and Ministers.

In The Old Testament
Laying on of hands in the Old Testament was an act of blessing or setting apart for God’s use. 

Genesis 48:14-15 (NKJV) tells us:

Then Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh's head, guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the firstborn.  And he blessed Joseph.  It was a ritual of sacrifice and transference of sin. 

Likewise, Exodus 29:10-11 explains:

"You shall also have the bull brought before the tabernacle of meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the bull. 

*This scripture also demonstrates that the laying on of hands isn’t just for humans but that it can be applied to any living thing.

Leviticus 16:20-21 states:

Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat...  It was an act of setting apart for consecration for service. 

In Numbers 8:10, it states:

So you shall bring the Levites before the LORD, and the children of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites;

In The New Testament 

The laying on of hands in the New Testament was done for three purposes: 1) to receive the impartation of the Holy Spirit (2) to impart healing or (3) to cast out demons. 

NOTE: Contradictory to popular belief, it is an extremely rare thing for a demon to transfer from one person to another by laying on of hands. There must be some form of an invitation or ‘opening’ from the person being inhabited by the demon in order for the demon to enter. Not that this never happens but it is certainly nothing for the person doing the delivering to be concerned with. Jesus is the ultimate example of how to cast out demons and He laid His hands on the demonized on numerous occasions in the Bible. 

Further, we have been given authority over demons by Christ himself and I believe that we have His protection when we follow His lead in doing as He commanded His disciples to do. In fact, when Jesus sent the twelve out, He gave them authority over two things: to cast out demons and to heal every kind of disease (Matthew 10:1; Mark 6:7 and Luke 9:1). 

Take note that Jesus didn’t say “watch out now and be careful because those nasty old demons can jump out of the person you’re casting it out of and jump right into you!” No, He didn’t. In John 14:12 Jesus tells His disciples that when He is gone they will do everything He had done and even greater things. This includes the laying on of hands to impart gifts, heal the sick and cast out demons.

Acts 8:15-17

Who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.  For as yet He had fallen upon none of them.  They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit

Acts 19:6

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

Mark 16:17-18

“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 

Mark 6:13

And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.”

"One effect of laying on hands is that of being "slain in the Spirit". This happens when the power of God is so great that it actually sweeps a person off their feet. The purpose of this is two-fold: to demonstrate to the person that they are not in control - God is - and, once on the floor, to minister to them individually. This can be one of the most powerful and life altering experiences - to have God minister to you in a way that takes you totally out of the picture and makes you a very captive audience to just receive what He has for you! I have been on both sides of this phenomenon, the instrument giving the impartation as well as the one receiving it, and it can be a glorious experience! In addition, the person being slain doesn't even have to be physically touched. I've seen people slain from 20 feet away." ~ Mark Williams

The Anointing is Transferred Through Contact 

Luke 8:43-47 (NASB) gives us a perfect example of this simple lesson. 

And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. And Jesus said, “Who is the one who touched Me?” And while they were all denying it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing in on You.” But Jesus said, “Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me.”  When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed.

In this scripture we can very clearly see that the touch doesn’t have to be skin on skin at all, but can simply be a piece of cloth that the anointed person has worn. In this case it was the Tallit, or Jewish prayer shawl, that Jesus (and every Jewish man) wore on the outside of their clothes or robes. It was actually the tassles, or Tzit Tzit, of the Tallit that the woman touched – nowhere near Jesus skin but simply worn by Him! (See also Matthew 14:36 )  

  The Tallit with the tassles, or tzit-tzit, which the bleeding woman would have touched.

If you carry the anointing, when someone accidently bumps into you in public places, you should think (or even say) “In the Name of Jesus!!!” That way if the Lord wants to give something to them, He may.  

Anointing is Transferred Through Corporate Impartation

In the case of Saul in the OT, when he mingled with the prophets, he received the same prophetic spirit to prophesy. 

1 Samuel 10:6-13

Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.  And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you.  You shall go down before me to Gilgal; and surely I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and make sacrifices of peace offerings.  Seven days you shall wait, till I come to you and show you what you should do." So it was, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day.  When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.  And it happened, when all who knew him formerly saw that he indeed prophesied among the prophets , that the people said to one another, "What is this that has come upon the son of Kish?  Is Saul also among the prophets ?" Then a man from there answered and said, "But who is their father?" Therefore it became a proverb: "Is Saul also among the prophets ?" And when he had finished prophesying, he went to the high place.  

When Cathie is teaching the School of the Prophets, there is a corporate anointing to prophesy.  The spirit of the prophets stirs up the prophetic gifting and it is very easy for her to prophesy on demand in that setting (or any setting really) and find open heaven hearing / seeing. 

Anointing is Transferred Through Distance

The anointing can be transferred through distance by just speaking the mighty Word of God or the name of Jesus.  When I watch an anointed service on TV or online, for example every Friday night with Mahesh Chavda (, when I hear the Word of God loosed, and the Holy Spirit falls, I receive His tangible anointing and can physically feel the Spirit wash over me!  That is awesome!

Early on in my (Mark) ministry I was asked to pray for a sick woman some 1,500 miles away. She was in very bad health and needed a heart bypass but the doctors didn’t want to do the surgery because she was too weak. I had her anoint herself with oil while I prayed over her. I had her lay her hands on her heart where the healing needed to take place and prayed over the phone as I would if she was physically right in front of me. The next day the complication was gone and she was healed. The Lord’s presence can be sent through a prayer in a telephone call. There is no distance in God!

Matthew 8:8-11 is a perfect example of how God heals long distance.

But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven;  but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed that very moment. 

The Anointing is Transferred When Glory Falls From Heaven

Glory cloud of gold dust 

Acts 2:2-4 describes what happens when the Glory falls.
 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. 

Exodus 40:34-35 gives us an Old Testament example of the Glory falling:
Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

 2 Chronicles 5:13-14
in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the Lord saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

This scripture also illustrates that the Glory of the Lord can be called down from heaven through praise and worship - this is extremely powerful!
Impartation Through Anointing Oil

Oil that has been set aside and consecrated unto the Lord for His purposes can be used to impart His anointing. We are never without at least one bottle of anointing oil and anoint ourselves at least twice daily, when we begin my day and when we end it. There is protection and power in anointing oil – and as long as you carry an anointing yourself, you can bless your own EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil) and use it. We only use EVOO because it is the purest of olive oils.

Exodus 30:25-32

You shall make of these a holy anointing oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil. With it you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony,  and the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the laver and its stand. You shall also consecrate them, that they may be most holy; whatever touches them shall be holy. You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister as priests to Me. You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations. It shall not be poured on anyone’s body, nor shall you make any like it in the same proportions; it is holy, and it shall be holy to you.

Isaiah 10:27

It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil

James 5:14-16

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. 

In March of this year (2013) we were involved in a deliverance/healing in which a woman was in a coma and dying. Her doctors had totally given up on her – but God had not. We were asked to go to the hospital to pray for her by her family of non-believers. We anointed her with oil, we anointed the door frame with oil, we anointed the bed with oil and we anointed every single family member that chose to stick around to see what was up. We started to cast out the spirit of infirmity in her (she had the same bleeding disorder as the woman in Matthew 9:20) and the presense of the Lord was so thick that at one point I looked over to see the entire family huddled in a corner of the room, shaking and crying. They had never experienced the power of God before – and it changed them forever. The woman woke up and wanted food…hallelujah!

The Anointing is Imparted Through Belongings  of Anointed Persons

This is especially true of articles of clothing and there are several examples in the Bible.


Matthew 14:36

and they implored Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were cured.

ELIJAH’S MANTLE (Most likely also a Tallit)

2 Kings 2:14

Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over. 


Exodus 17:5-6

And the LORD said to Moses ,"Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel.  Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river, and go.  Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink."


Acts 19:11-13

Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. 


2 Kings 4:29

Then Elisha said to Gehazi, “Get ready to travel; take my staff and go!  Don’t talk to anyone along the way.  Go quickly and lay the staff on the child’s face.”

PETER’S SHADOW (Yes, his shadow!)

Acts 5:15-16

As a result of the apostles’ work, sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter’s shadow might fall across some of them as he went by. 


2 Kings 13:21

Once when some Israelites were burying a man, they spied a band of these raiders.  So they hastily threw the body they were burying into the tomb of Elisha.  But as soon as the body touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man revived and jumped to his feet!  I have waved glory ring and/or flags in worship and people have experienced His tangible anointing.  Twice I witnessed people receiving deliverance in this.  

Mark’s mentor, Jim Croft, a highly anointed man of God, will actually sleep with someone’s article of clothing then return it to a relative that it might be returned to the owner who receives the anointing through the clothing. This was basically the practice of Paul with his work aprons. It is believed that his sweat would further enhance the anointing.

The anointing from God is something very real and even though today, like so many other things, there are still those that do not believe in it at all (I know, can you believe it?). They are missing out on what God has for them. The last thing I want to hear from God when I arrive in heaven is this: “I had all this for you but you didn’t believe my word? You thought that everything that I promised you in my Word was only for the original, first century disciples? Shame on you!” 

Of course, you don't need a person at all to give you the anointing. Neither of us did. If you are truly sincere, totally sold out and unquestionably obedient pray and ask God to anoint you. The Holy Spirit will do the rest.

May The Blood of Jesus cover, bless & protect you!

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