New Testament ministry is all about having something to give – and I definitely do not mean just sermons. New Testament ministry is when the minister has an overflow of life and the tangible gifts of God imparted to him or her from God. Because those gifts are clothing the minister permanently as a garment, by the wilful deliberate God led laying on of hands by that minister gifts can be imparted to those whom the minister prays for. It is all about the weight of anointing on the minister. I do not mean “minister” by human definition, but by divine calling.
The original twelve apostles laid hands on some people to anoint them for waiting on tables. The life of God was so heavily imparted that Stephen immediately commenced to move in the miraculous, as did Philip. The apostles were so bursting with life and grace that both Stephen and Philip moved in a new realm because of the principle of impartation.
Impartation is what Acts 19:1-7 is all about. Paul was giving away what he had with a direct view to extending the kingdom of God. I have noticed by observation that ministers of power, when imparting to others, lose none of their anointing, but actually gain more anointing as they give away what they have. Paul undoubtedly imparted something of himself to these twelve men. I feel sure one of these twelve was Epaphras who founded the church at Colossae, I believe, during Paul’s mission in Ephesus. Epaphras went to Colossae and evangelised the place, so that when Paul wrote to the Colossian church he was extremely confident of what had been preached there because of the degree he had imparted of himself to the man.
God Himself took of the Spirit that was upon Moses and gave it to seventy elders in the camp of Israel. Everybody knew who had received because the seventy started prophesying immediately. One of them who was not even physically present started prophesying as he was about his business within the camp.
Impartation is first seen in scripture when Isaac passes on the blessing of his father Abraham to his son Jacob. It was a giving away to the next generation the blessing of Abraham. Jacob did the same to his children and two of his grandchildren also. This is a phenomenon to normal western thinking. The importance of impartation is seen in that crucial moment of Jacob crossing his hands to his grandsons, and Joseph attempting to correct him (Genesis 48:14-20). This graphic moment in Genesis is part and parcel of the biblical introduction to something that is so important, sometimes vital, yet is pooh-poohed by many. It is an action of the human spirit in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a prayer, a wilful giving from a fellow human being who has been blessed in some way that actually in tangible reality passes on the blessing concerned to another recipient.
The bible teaches that there are some gifts, even some characteristics, some intuitive blessings of God that under His leading and initiation can be given to somebody else by some sort of action that commonly looks artificially symbolic to the untutored. What I am saying here is denigrated and even ridiculed by some, with questions like; “What if the person isn’t worthy of the imparted blessing?” (Is anybody “worthy”?).“How can we be sure it was God’s will for a blessing to be imparted?” “Isn’t this putting into human hands something that is totally God’s responsibility and ability?”
The whole point of the gospel is to give freedom, wisdom, power and authority in life to those that believe. The New Testament minister is to model all those facets of spirituality and impart them to those who receive. We need to ask God to impart more of Himself to us whether directly or through ministry.