Why couldn’t / didn’t Peter heal in the name of the Holy Spirit? Acts 1:8 – Christ promises “power when the Holy Spirit comes upon [them]” Acts 3:6 – Peter heals in the name of Jesus.
I tried to find a reference about Jesus giving direction or instruction about healing in his name. The only reference that I could find was in Mark:
“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly be rewarded. Mark 9:38-41, TNIV
In John 10:25, Jesus refers to his healing “in my Father’s name.” But I could not find a reference of any one healing in the name of the Holy Spirit. (By the way, when I say that I could not find it – I most often use the keyword search at http://www.tniv.info/bible/index.php which I have found to be quite usable and useful.)
My sense is that the power of healing is rooted in the power of the resurrection – Jesus’ conquering of death. In Acts 1:8 Jesus says that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on them, not necessarily that the power is of the Holy Spirit.
This the best response that I can formulate at this time, but I am a bit unsatisfied with it. What would you add?
This question came out of a young adult small group taster last Sunday morning in which I taught about the question “What is the Trinity?”