Were the Gifts of the Spirit imparted ONLY via the Apostles?
No one denies that one of the ways that the Lord imparted the Holy Spirit was through the laying on of the Apostles’ hands. MAC insinuates that ONLY the Apostles could impart the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. His logic then allows him to deduce that since there are no longer any Apostles living today, then the impartation of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands has ceased. So how can you disprove this erroneous assumption? Firstly, don’t forget that even MAC admits that God can baptize someone with the Holy Spirit anytime He chooses. So to assume that we no longer have the Gift of the Holy Spirit because we no longer have any Apostles flies in the face of the afore mentioned Scriptures. But let’s look and see if anyone other than an Apostle laid hands on anyone that they might be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 9:17 This is the account of the conversion of Saul, later to be known as the Apostle Paul. The Lord has told a man named Ananias (who was not an Apostle) to lay hands on him. Verse 17 says, “So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
How do we know that the Apostle Paul actually received the Holy Spirit? He says so, many times in the New Testament. Once, in I Corinthians14, he even said, “I thank God, I speak in tongues more than you all.” The Apostle Paul not only was baptized in the Holy Spirit, he went on to teach more about the subject than any other New Testament writer. But who laid hands on Paul initially? A mighty Apostle? Nope. Ananias. Just little ol’ Ananias. So much for the “Only Apostles Can Impart the Holy Spirit” theory.