Hebrews 6:2
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
And we shouldn't need to keep teaching about baptisms or about the laying on of hands or about people being raised from death and the future judgment.

Good News Translation
of the teaching about baptisms and the laying on of hands; of the resurrection of the dead and the 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 everlasting 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 ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

Mark 7:4,8
And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables…

Luke 11:38
And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.

laying.

Acts 6:6
Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

Acts 8:14-18
Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: …

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

resurrection.

Hebrews 11:35
Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

Isaiah 26:19
Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

Ezekiel 37:1-14
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, …

eternal.

Ecclesiastes 12:14
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Matthew 25:31-46
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: …

Acts 17:31
Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.







Lexicon
instruction
διδαχὴν (didachēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1322: Teaching, doctrine, what is taught. From didasko; instruction.

about baptisms,
βαπτισμῶν (baptismōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 909: Dipping, washing (of a ceremonial character). From baptizo; ablution.

[the] laying on
ἐπιθέσεώς (epitheseōs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1936: A laying on; an attack, assault. From epitithemi; an imposition.

of hands,
χειρῶν (cheirōn)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 5495: A hand.

[the] resurrection
ἀναστάσεώς (anastaseōs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 386: A rising again, resurrection. From anistemi; a standing up again, i.e. a resurrection from death (its author), or a recovery.

of [the] dead,
νεκρῶν (nekrōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3498: (a) adj: dead, lifeless, subject to death, mortal, (b) noun: a dead body, a corpse. From an apparently primary nekus; dead.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

eternal
αἰωνίου (aiōniou)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 166: From aion; perpetual.

judgment.
κρίματος (krimatos)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2917: From krino; a decision ('crime').
(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.

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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