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 The Principle Doctrines of Christ

Hebrews 6
Hebrews 6:1-2

1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

I was most interested in the doctrine of "laying on of hands." What is this verse speak about? Also if anyone can give a treatise on the other doctrines that would be great.

 2006/8/29 12:52Profile

 Re: The Principle Doctrines of Christ

Hello, the laying on of hands is two fold; one is hands laid on when being baptised to receive the Holy Ghost and infer a blessing. Secondly laying on of hands for healing. Repentance from deadworks and faith towards God is foundational in the gospel presentation. We are to repent of our deadworks and exercise faith in God. Faith in the work of Jesus on the cross and ressurection. Faith that he died and rose again. Faith to beleive the gospel of Jesus and receive the Holy Ghost, sealing us in the body. Doctrines of baptisms; we are baptized in water and we are baptized in the Holy Ghost,(not necessarly in that order).ressurection of the dead. There will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust when Christ returns. Eternal judgement The unjust are judged eternaly to the lake of fire the just are judged eternaly to the new heaven and the new earth. These are the foundational teachings that should be laid in each new belivers heart and mind and then he she can build upon this foundation to maturity. God bless you, John

 2006/8/29 13:42

 Re: The Principle Doctrines of Christ

Ahh, yes, laying on of hands. It seems to me that the laying on of hands is a crucial thing in the First Church, one only needs to read Acts to find that out. Jesus laid hands on people to heal, so did the Apostles. It's also found all throughout the Old Testament, especially with Moses (Deu. 34:9).

The hands are sort of the instrument God has chosen for the usage and transference of the Holy Spirit. As well as they are used by God for designation (i.e., to a ministry).

The Apostles (and every follower of Him) were given authority to lay hands on the sick to heal them (Mark 16:18, Acts 28:8). God used the Apostles to also give a person the Holy Spirit (it signified Jesus' power and control, actually, in the Apostles) by the laying on of hands (Acts 8:17), something we don't see much anymore, do we?

Luke says that "God wrought special miracles by the [u]hands[/u] of Paul" (Acts 19:11).

Paul instructs us in First Timothy 5:22 to "Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure." This is most likely referring to appointing any person to a sacred ministry, but could also be took as laying of hands in general. We must follow the Spirit. This is a very important issue. If you declare a person who is resisting the Spirit into a position that they should not have, you will be in serious, very serious, error. This, Paul was instructing Timothy, because just because a person seems 'pious' and has all the right 'doctrines' doesn't mean their fit for the ministry, they must have 'proven' themselves through time.

You do not need to lay on of hands though to cast out an unclean spirit or heal, as Philip the Evangelist, when he preached the unclean spirits came out of the listeners as he preached and they were healed (Acts 8:5-7).

So it seems we can glean from Scripture that the laying on of hands is vital. The laying on of hands for healing and casting out of demons is for every believer, too, that is mature in the Spirit and is walking with God and being a witness unto Him. But we also know that as the Word is being preached, unclean spirits can and should leave people who repent.

It's a fascinating subject.


 2006/8/29 13:43

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