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Monday, May 14, 2007

The Mind of Christ: Healing and the Laying on of Hands: II

We have already laid the foundation for the observation that Healing and the Laying on of Hands is a fundamental tenet of belief for both Christians and Jews, so in this study, we will begin to systematically outline types of healing and the ways prophets, Jesus and the apostles approached them. One must remember that healing both in the Old and New Testament are a gift of God and a manifestation of His power, but in the New Testament, the gift of healing was among the gifts of the Holy Spirit given in fullness and in power, which would endure in the believer to whom it was given for the benefit of others.

One of the first distinctions is between the healing itself and the 'power' behind the healing. The act of healing, is readily seen most of the time in this century in healing ministries as well as in others, where an act of healing takes place in a physical way. Acts of healing can also be spiritual or mental, but the process takes place in a transformation between a former state and a new state.

The power behind the healing is implicitly God's, and in Scripture is associated with the breath of God, or the Holy Spirit of God, acting usually through one believer for the benefit of another. We find the word 'morday' for healing which encompasses the process of something being made whole, or restored to a right state, and even in Salvation, we find that one of the Greek words for salvation--- soterion, carries the meaning of health or healing about a third of the time in Scriptures. The power of God which heals, is both used directly as Holy spirit power, or dunamous
and is included in such passages as when the woman with an infirmity touches the hem of Jesus's garment, and is healed. Jesus notes that virture is gone out of Him but the word for virtue is also 'dunamous' in the Greek.

Mar 5:30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
2. 84.