Hebrews 6:2
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New International Version
instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

New Living Translation
You don't need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

English Standard Version
and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

Berean Study Bible
instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

Berean Literal Bible
instruction about baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

New American Standard Bible
of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.

King James Bible
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
teaching about ritual washings, laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

International Standard Version
instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

NET Bible
teaching about baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

New Heart English Bible
of the teaching of washings, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For the teaching of baptism, the laying on of hands, for the resurrection from among the dead, and for eternal judgment?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We shouldn't repeat the basic teachings about such things as baptisms, setting people apart for holy tasks, dead people coming back to life, and eternal judgment.

New American Standard 1977
of instruction about washings, and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

Jubilee Bible 2000
of the doctrine of the baptisms, and of the laying on of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

King James 2000 Bible
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

American King James Version
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

American Standard Version
of the teaching of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and imposition of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Darby Bible Translation
of [the] doctrine of washings, and of imposition of hands, and of resurrection of [the] dead, and of eternal judgment;

English Revised Version
of the teaching of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Webster's Bible Translation
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Weymouth New Testament
or of teaching about ceremonial washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and the last judgement.

World English Bible
of the teaching of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Young's Literal Translation
of the teaching of baptisms, of laying on also of hands, of rising again also of the dead, and of judgment age-during,
Study Bible
A Call to Maturity
1Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith in God, 2instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3And this we will do, if God permits.…
Cross References
John 3:25
A dispute arose between John's disciples and a certain Jew over the issue of ceremonial washing.

Acts 6:6
They presented these seven to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

Acts 17:31
For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the Man He has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising Him from the dead."

Acts 19:3
"Into what, then, were you baptized?" Paul asked. "The baptism of John," they replied.
Treasury of Scripture

Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

the doctrine.

Hebrews 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal …

Mark 7:4,8 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. …

Luke 11:38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that he had not first washed …

Matthew 3:14 But John forbade him, saying, I have need to be baptized of you, …

Matthew 20:22,23 But Jesus answered and said, You know not what you ask. Are you able …

Matthew 28:19 Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name …

Mark 16:16 He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes …

Luke 3:16 John answered, saying to them all, I indeed baptize you with water; …

Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened …

John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the …

John 3:25,26 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and …

John 4:1,2 When therefore the LORD knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus …

Acts 2:38,41 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you …

Acts 8:12,13,16,36-38 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the …

Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which …

Acts 16:15,33 And when she was baptized, and her household, she sought us, saying, …

Acts 19:2-5 He said to them, Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? …

Romans 6:3,4 Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ …

1 Corinthians 1:12-17 Now this I say, that every one of you said, I am of Paul; and I of …

1 Corinthians 10:2 And were all baptized to Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be …

Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with him …

1 Peter 3:20,21 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long-suffering of …

laying.

Acts 6:6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they …

Acts 8:14-18 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria …

Acts 13:3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, …

Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Ghost came on …

resurrection.

Hebrews 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, …

Isaiah 26:19 Your dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. …

Ezekiel 37:1-14 The hand of the LORD was on me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD…

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, …

Matthew 22:23-32 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no …

Luke 14:14 And you shall be blessed; for they cannot recompense you: for you …

John 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, to the resurrection …

John 11:24,25 Martha said to him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection …

Acts 4:2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus …

Acts 17:18,31,32 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, …

Acts 23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the …

Acts 24:15,21 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that …

Acts 26:8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should …

Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, …

1 Corinthians 15:13-57 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen…

Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like to …

1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also …

2 Timothy 2:18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection …

eternal.

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, …

Matthew 25:31-46 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels …

Acts 17:31 Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world …

Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to …

Romans 2:5-10,16 But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up to yourself …

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every …

2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are …

Jude 1:14,15 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, …

Revelation 20:10-15 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and …

(2) Of the doctrine of baptisms.--The meaning of these words has been much controverted. The order of the Greek has been thought to require the rendering baptisms of doctrine (or, teaching); and it has been believed that the writer in this manner seeks to characterise Christian baptism as contrasted with the Jewish lustrations. Matthew 28:19, "baptising them . . . teaching them," is often quoted in favour of this view. The whole question of baptism amongst the Jews of the Apostolic age is full of difficulty, since the first references to the rite in connection with proselytes belong to a much later date. But, waiving this, we must surely regard it as most unlikely that the baptism specifically Christian would be marked as "baptism of teaching." Teaching would rather be the point of resemblance than the point of contrast between the Jewish and the Christian rite. We must, therefore, adhere to the ordinary view. The word doctrine, or teaching, seems to be introduced in order to avoid the ambiguity which would lie in the words, "a foundation of repentance, faith, baptism," &c.; not a doctrine, but the repetition of a rite might seem to be intended. But what are we to understand by teaching regarding baptisms? Both the word itself and the use of the plural are remarkable. The word (which is not the ordinary term baptisma, but baptismus) occurs in Hebrews 9:10, Mark 7:4, in the plural, and in Colossians 2:12 in the singular; in the last of these passages it denotes Christian baptism, but in the others the ceremonial washings of the Jews. We must not forget the importance which of right belonged to these washings in the Levitical law, as one of the appointed modes of removing that uncleanness which excluded from every sacred place. The baptism of John attached itself to passages in the Scriptures in which this symbol was taken up by the prophets with profound spiritual application (Ezekiel 36, et al.). Both John's baptism and that of Christ, therefore, would, from the Hebrew point of view, be "washings"; and the teaching which every new convert must receive would include instruction on the symbolical purifications of the Old Covenant and the New. (See the very interesting Notes in Vol. II. on Acts 18:24-25; Acts 19:4.)

And of laying on of hands.--This ceremony is repeatedly mentioned in the Old Testament, and also in the New. Besides the sacrificial use of the symbol, we find imposition of hands connected with blessing (Genesis 48:14; Matthew 19:13, et al.); with works of healing (2Kings 5:11; Mark 8:23; Mark 16:18, et al.); with ordination (Numbers 27:18; Deuteronomy 34:9; 1Timothy 4:14, et al.); and with the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:17; Acts 19:6). In every case the figure denotes either a transfer, or the communication of a gift from (or, through the medium of) the person who lays his hands upon another. Neither transfer of guilt, nor blessing, nor miracle can be in point here; nor is it conceivable that ordination could be referred to in such a context. As the passages quoted from the Acts of the Apostles agree with this in closely connecting the rite with baptism, we can have little doubt that the meaning in all is substantially the same. The believers in Samaria had been baptised by Philip; when Peter and John came, they "prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Ghost; then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost." In the second case, which in other respects is similar (whether Paul himself baptised, or not, we are not informed), there is reference to the special gifts of the Holy Ghost which were bestowed: "they spake with tongues and prophesied." There seems no reason for believing that there was a designed connection between the imposition of hands and the bestowal of miraculous powers; such imposition was rather the recognised symbol of the gift of the Holy Spirit to those who were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus, in whatever manner the Spirit might be pleased to work in those who received His influence. The early Church naturally retained the rite, making it the complement or adjunct of baptism; whilst the one symbolised the putting away of sin, the other was the emblem of the reception of new spiritual life. Historical testimonies extend as far back as Tertullian (A.D. 200): "Then the hand is laid on, calling for and inviting the Holy Spirit." To trace the relation between this imposition of hands and the later practice of confirmation would lead us beyond our limits.

The two points which remain do not require an extended notice. We know (Acts 23:8) that, though the Sadducees denied that there was any resurrection of the dead (and the Alexandrian philosophy seems to have held only the immortality of the soul), yet by the most influential amongst Jewish teachers this doctrine was held and enforced, as indeed it was plainly taught in their Scriptures (Daniel 12:2). On the nature and extent of the resurrection--whether it would be universal, and whether it would precede or follow the Messianic age--varying opinions prevailed. Nor were the Pharisees less clear in their teaching of a future "judgment," the reward of which should be "eternal" bliss for the godly, punishment for the sinners in Israel and for Israel's enemies. These doctrines, then, would place no obstacles in the way of a convert to the Christian faith. Instead of vagueness and discordant opinion he now received a clear statement of truth: the Messiah, Jesus, in whom he has placed his trust, will judge the world; and of this God has given a pledge "in that He hath raised Him from the dead" (Acts 17:31). It is noteworthy that, of the four particulars which are mentioned after repentance and faith, two relate to the commencement and two to "the last things" of the Christian life.

Of the doctrine of baptisms,.... Some read this divisively, "baptism and doctrine", as the Ethiopic version; as if the one respected the ordinance of baptism, and the other the ministry of the word; but it is best to read them conjunctively: and by which most understand the Gospel ordinance of water baptism, so called by a change of number, the plural for the singular, as the Syriac and Ethiopic versions, who render it baptism; or because of the different persons baptized, and times of baptizing, as some; or because of the trine immersion, as others; or because of the threefold baptism of spirit, blood, and water, which have some agreement with each other; or because of the baptism of John, and Christ, though they are one and the same; or because of the inward and outward baptism, the one fitting and qualifying for the other; and so the doctrine of it is thought to respect the necessity, use, and end of it; but since there is but one baptism, and the above reasons for the plural expression are not solid, and sufficiently satisfying, it is best to interpret this of the divers baptisms among the Jews, spoken of in Hebrews 9:10 which had a doctrine in them, to that people; teaching them the cleansing virtue of the blood of Christ, and leading them to it, to wash in for sin, and for uncleanness; but now, since this blood was shed, they were no more to teach nor learn the doctrine of cleansing by the blood of Christ this way; nor any more to be led unto it through these divers baptisms, ablutions, and purifications.

And of laying on of hands; the foundation of this was to be no more laid, nor the doctrine of it to be any longer taught and learned in the way it had been; for not the rite, but the doctrine of laying on of hands is here intended; and it has no reference to the right of laying on of hands by the apostles, either in private persons, or officers of churches; for what was the doctrine of such a rite, is not easy to say; but to the rite of laying on of hands of the priests, and of the people, upon the head of sacrifices; which had a doctrine in it, even the doctrine of the imputation of sin to Christ, the great sacrifice. It was usual with the Jews (g) to call the imposition of hands upon the sacrifice, simply, "laying on of hands"; and they understood by it the transferring of sin from the persons that laid on hands, to the sacrifice, on which they were laid; and that hereby, as they express it, sins were separated from them, and, as it were, put upon the sacrifice (h); but now believers were no longer to be taught and learn the great doctrine of the imputation of sin, by this rite and ceremony, since Christ has been made sin for them, and has had sins imputed to him, and has bore them in his own body on the tree:

and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment: articles of faith, which distinguished the Jews from the Gentiles, who were greatly strangers to a future state, the resurrection of the dead, and judgment to come: these are doctrines of pure revelation, and were taught under the Old Testament, and were believed by the generality of the Jews, and are articles which they hold in common with us Christians; yet the believing Hebrews were not to rest in the knowledge of these things, and in the smaller degrees of light they had in them, under the former dispensation; but were to go on to perfection, and bear forward towards a greater share of knowledge of these, and other more sublime doctrines of grace; since life and immortality are more clearly brought to light by Christ through the Gospel.

(g) Misn. Kiddushin, c. 2. sect. 8. & Bartenora in ib. (h) R. Levi ben Gersom in Exod. fol. 109. 1. & in Lev. fol. 117. 2.2. the doctrine of baptisms—paired with "laying on of hands," as the latter followed on Christian baptism, and answers to the rite of confirmation in Episcopal churches. Jewish believers passed, by an easy transition, from Jewish baptismal purifications (Heb 9:10, "washings"), baptism of proselytes, and John's baptism, and legal imposition of hands, to their Christian analogues, baptism, and the subsequent laying on of hands, accompanied by the gift of the Holy Ghost (compare Heb 6:4). Greek, "baptismoi," plural, including Jewish and Christian baptisms, are to be distinguished from baptisma, singular, restricted to Christian baptism. The six particulars here specified had been, as it were, the Christian Catechism of the Old Testament; and such Jews who had begun to recognize Jesus as the Christ immediately on the new light being shed on these fundamental particulars, were accounted as having the elementary principles of the doctrine of Christ [Bengel]. The first and most obvious elementary instruction of Jews would be the teaching them the typical significance of their own ceremonial law in its Christian fulfilment [Alford].

resurrection, etc.—held already by the Jews from the Old Testament: confirmed with clearer light in Christian teaching or "doctrine."

eternal judgment—judgment fraught with eternal consequences either of joy or of woe.6:1-8 Every part of the truth and will of God should be set before all who profess the gospel, and be urged on their hearts and consciences. We should not be always speaking about outward things; these have their places and use, but often take up too much attention and time, which might be better employed. The humbled sinner who pleads guilty, and cries for mercy, can have no ground from this passage to be discouraged, whatever his conscience may accuse him of. Nor does it prove that any one who is made a new creature in Christ, ever becomes a final apostate from him. The apostle is not speaking of the falling away of mere professors, never convinced or influenced by the gospel. Such have nothing to fall away from, but an empty name, or hypocritical profession. Neither is he speaking of partial declinings or backslidings. Nor are such sins meant, as Christians fall into through the strength of temptations, or the power of some worldly or fleshly lust. But the falling away here mentioned, is an open and avowed renouncing of Christ, from enmity of heart against him, his cause, and people, by men approving in their minds the deeds of his murderers, and all this after they have received the knowledge of the truth, and tasted some of its comforts. Of these it is said, that it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance. Not because the blood of Christ is not sufficient to obtain pardon for this sin; but this sin, in its very nature, is opposite to repentance and every thing that leads to it. If those who through mistaken views of this passage, as well as of their own case, fear that there is no mercy for them, would attend to the account given of the nature of this sin, that it is a total and a willing renouncing of Christ, and his cause, and joining with his enemies, it would relieve them from wrong fears. We should ourselves beware, and caution others, of every approach near to a gulf so awful as apostacy; yet in doing this we should keep close to the word of God, and be careful not to wound and terrify the weak, or discourage the fallen and penitent. Believers not only taste of the word of God, but they drink it in. And this fruitful field or garden receives the blessing. But the merely nominal Christian, continuing unfruitful under the means of grace, or producing nothing but deceit and selfishness, was near the awful state above described; and everlasting misery was the end reserved for him. Let us watch with humble caution and prayer as to ourselves.
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