Impartation is a necessity in the life of a believer. Jesus as the disciples needed to be imparted by Jesus, so do we need to be imparted by other believers.
To Anoint Somebody
The root word of impartation is impart. Dictionary.com defines the word impart as to grant or share. To begin with understanding impartation biblically, I would like to quote and expand on some information from Jonathan Welton of Destiny Image. When speaking of Impartation, Welton says that to understand impartation, a person has to understand what it means to anoint, which in the Bible means “a smearing.” When a prophet or priest poured, rubbed, or smeared oil over the head of a person, it was known to as anointing that person.
The authors of Got Questions explain that anointing somebody was to set them apart or consecrate. When Saul was called to be a king, he was first anointed by the Prophet Samuel. Later, when David was anointed to be king, Samuel anointed him as well. On both of these occasions, the future leaders were anointed by having oil poured over their heads by the Prophet in order to fulfill their call. These kings received impartation from the Prophet Samuel in order to be who they were called to be as the Prophet imparted or shared his oil with them.
Receiving The Baptism of The Holy Spirit
Before I ever flowed or prayed in tongues with confidence, I needed an impartation. In Christianity, we call this impartation the baptism of The Holy Spirit as it enables a believer to pray with their spirit. A few brothers who went on to become Deacons pulled me to the side after a church gathering and laid hands on me to receive the baptism of The Holy Spirit. I only had one or two syllables after the impartation. However, the brothers encouraged me to go home and practice praying in the Spirit to develop my "prayer language."
When Spiritual Gifts Are Not Working In a Christian's Life
There are many believers who desire to be used in the spiritual gifts of the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues. For those who either are not being used or never got the chance to be used in the gifts mentioned, one of two things have not happened in order for them to function. Those two things are either understanding or impartation.
Many believers have a calling on them to flow in some or many of the nine gifts mentioned. However, they have not been taught how to yield and flow with the Holy Spirit. It was like this for me when it came to praying in tongues as I did not know how to yield and flow with the unction. However, after reading a Holy Spirit study guide, my faith was increased and I prayed with flow like water from a faucet in my bed room. If I am not mistaken, this took place during my college spring break in 2003.
Note: When I speak of praying in tongues in my own life, I am not speaking of the spiritual gift of different kinds of tongues. I am speaking of praying with my spirit which occurs after receiving the baptism of The Holy Spirit.
The other thing as mentioned earlier that may be missing from a believer’s life which would enable them to flow in one of the nine gifts is impartation. In the book of Romans chapter one verse 11, the Apostle Paul says to the church at Rome that he longs to see them, so that he may impart a spiritual gift to them strengthen you. Now, how would Paul have imparted a spiritual gift? Well, in order to give a gift to somebody, a person must be carrying the gift themselves or have the gift sent to a person. In Paul’s case, he was carrying the spiritual gift that he wanted to impart to the church at Rome, as he mentioned that he longed to see them. I bring this up as impartation involves the sharing of a supernatural gift from one person’s spirit to another person’s spirit. Deuteronomy chapter 34 verse 9 says that Joshua the son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. Therefore, the spirit of wisdom on Joshua was imparted to him from Moses. In second Timothy chapter one verse six, the Apostle Paul tells Timothy to remember to stir up the gift of God, which was in him from when Paul laid his hands on him. Therefore, a supernatural gift was in Timothy that he received through impartation from Paul. In the book of Acts, a believer by the name of Ananias lays hands on the Apostle, then only a believer, Paul so he can receive his sight. In turn, Paul goes on in his ministry to perform miracles with his hands as well.
As you can see, impartation means to literally rub off on somebody. May we not be slow to lay hands on one another so The Lord can impart gifts from us to each other in order for the world to be won over, saved and healed with signs, wonder, and miracles.