LAYING ON OF HANDS
Friday – October 20, 2017
The author of this precious Book of Hebrews, perhaps a Teacher, is talking about the lack of maturity in the Church. He is with the leadership of the Holy Spirit telling the readers that they are stuck in time, perhaps what we would call a rut today. They are still back at their salvation experience and are even struggling with the most fundamental, foundational issues concerning Christianity and functioning in the Kingdom of God. The last several days I have been discussing the doctrine of baptisms. We confirmed that there are two baptisms, one which is multifaceted and overlaps the other and that is the baptism, immersion, into the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I suppose another way we could look at this or approach this is that there are three baptisms, one into the Father, another into the Son, and the third into the Holy Spirit. These three are unique and one cannot be substituted or lumped together with the other two. Of course, our God is One with three distinct and important facets. We have wonderful relationships with each one and as a whole. These baptisms are foundational and essential to our Christian walk. Remember this has nothing to do with being dunked in water.
I spoke of Water Baptism which is a commemoration, one might say even a celebration of our salvation experience. Many argue that Water Baptism is important because it is a public profession of our faith. Generally, this baptism takes place in the Church among believers (who should already know) and the world is not present, however, they will soon be aware by our words and actions, if not direct testimony. Water Baptism was never taught, performed, or encouraged by the Lord Jesus unlike Communion. Water Baptism is a tradition and ritual of the Church.
Then I taught on the Baptism of the Holy Ghost (Spirit) briefly as a separate baptism remember it is a vital part of the other two and without it we are incomplete and woefully unequipped for Kingdom of God work. I hope that I brought forward a sampling of the Scriptures that clearly identify this baptism of the Holy Spirit as a vital but separate experience from salvation. There are testimonies of people being baptized in the Holy Spirit at the time of salvation however whether it was apparent to the observer or not these were two separate experiences coupled together. It is impossible for an unsaved person to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, there must be a cleansing, a giving of spiritual life, a change of Kingdom and citizenship as well as a willingness for immersion into the Holy Spirit. There are two huge advantages to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, one is that absent that event we will operate in zero power of God. It is impossible to accomplish the things God would have us to do without the Power of God. Remember we are to do the things Jesus did and the greater things. The second is that we receive a prayer language at the time of the baptism and this is vital to our communication with God and our prayer life, especially when God calls upon us to intercede for another.
Now let us move on but first review our primary text.
Hebrews 6:1-3 (KJV)
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,
2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3 And this will we do, if God permit.
Before we finish for today let us consider the doctrine of the laying on of hands since that is the title of this teaching. The writer of Hebrews calls this a part of the “principles of the doctrine of Christ”. The idea of laying hands on a person is long established and can be for good or evil. The image I think that most of us get concerning the “laying on of hands” is what many have seen in a Church where one or more persons lay hands or in some way touch another person for the purpose of bringing about healing or other supernatural event in the person’s life. This idea of the laying on of hands has existed from the beginning and is multifaceted. First very briefly also consider that the hands are also symbolic of the authority and/or power of a person. For example, we are told to humble or submit ourselves “under the mighty hand of God”.
1 Peter 5:6 (KJV)
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
This mighty hand of God is the Holy Spirit, we are to submit to His leadership and in so doing allow His Power to flow through us. Let’s look at another example concerning the people of God.
Joshua 10:19 (KJV)
19 And stay ye not, but pursue after your enemies, and smite the hindmost of them; suffer them not to enter into their cities: for the LORD your God hath delivered them into your hand.
The idea here is that they had the power to prevent these physical enemies from entering their cites because the Lord had given them that capacity (weaponry, tactics, etc.). Why do we think we are less powerful in Christ Jesus? We have spiritual capacity in Christ Jesus that far exceeds the physical capacities God provided to Israel. Awake, arise, and triumph Church! Monday Lord willing I will return to more of what you were perhaps expecting concerning the laying on of hands.
Until our next publication, I speak blessing into your life right now, receive it in the name of Jesus, confess it, and walk it out with thanksgiving.
Numbers 6:24-26 (KJV)
24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
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