“Touch” to Heal
Luke 6:17-19, 8:40-56
Touch – Gk hap’-tom-ahee means properly to attach oneself to (implied relation). It comes from Gk hapto – means to fasten to, adhere to, to fasten fire to a thing.
1. The touch in the name of Jesus draws out signs and wonders with the believers.
- Mark 16:17-18 – And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
2. The touch should come from one who has the Word. He is also a doer of the Word.
- People are longing to have their needs touched. Touch or being touch obtains the same result.
- Matthew 9:21 – She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
- Acts 3:6-7 – Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
- The tenderness and affection of the man who has the Word silence all fear and cure all disease.
- Ruth 3:7-13
3. The touch must be testified by reliable witnesses that carry the same power to heal.
- Luke 8:51 – When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother.
- 2 Timothy 2:2 – 2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
- John 14:12 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.