Healing Hands by John Lemmon http://freegiftfromgod.com/blog/2014/05/healing-hands/ (Acts 28:7-10)
One of the foundations of Christianity includes laying on of hands. There were six key foundational concepts recorded in the book of Hebrews.
We see these foundations defined in Hebrews 6:1-2. Healing hands 1 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. There are two primary reasons and purposes for this process. One of those is the laying on of hands for receiving the Holy Spirit as seen in Acts 19:1-6 and Acts 8:17-18. The second reason for laying on of hands is for the purpose of healing and that is what we see mentioned in this section of scripture.
While Paul was in Malta having been shipwrecked with several hundred others, they met up with some of the locals. The scriptures tell us that they met with the chief man of that area, a man by the name of Publius. As it turned out the father of Publius was quite ill with dysentery and a fever. Upon hearing of this Paul went to the man and prayed for him, laying his hands on him. We see the action and reaction of this event in verses 8-10, which says, 8 It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him healed him. 9 And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. 10 They also honored us greatly, and when we were about to sail, they put on board whatever we needed. When Paul laid hands on the sick man The Lord healed him.
The power of The Lord was with Paul to do these healings for Paul had faith that The Lord could and would do this. It was nothing that Paul himself did. The power to heal came from The Lord. And on seeing this all who were sick in the village came to Paul and he prayed and laid hands on the, so that they too were healed. Is it any wonder that the people supplied everything they needed when they left the island as they saw and recognised the power of God at work in these healings. I am also certain that Paul preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Malta. He almost certainly would have exercised the authority of the great commission where these signs were given to support the truth. And this commission was also supported in another way down to this day.
Anointing With Oil
The practice of anointing with oil to heal the sick was given to the church elders so that the people of The Lord did not have to suffer illnesses unnecessarily. It was given so that those who are suffering an illness could seek healing through the anointing of oil along with prayer and the laying on of hands by the elders. The process is described in James 5:14-15.