Hebrews 6:1-3
The Christian Curriculum (2)

The writer of the book of Hebrews was making a point in these verses.
The point is that believers must learn some basic truths of Bible
and then move on to more advanced truths.

The book we are reading from this morning, was written to Jews who
were in a hard place. Many of them were being convinced that Jesus
was their long awaited Messiah, but to accept Him meant they would be
cast out of Judaism, rejected by their family, and persecuted by
their government. For that reason, many would not accept Jesus as
their Messiah and worse, some who had were considering renouncing

The writer of this book wrote to the Jews to urge them to continue
onward in their faith and not to revisit truths they already knew to
be true.  He mentioned six doctrines in particular and calls them
"principle" or beginner doctrines.  So these are doctrines that we as
mature believers should understand, have settled, and be moving

We looked at the first three last week.  This week, let’s see the
fourth beginner doctrine.

IV. We should believe and live the doctrine of laying on hands.
    A. There is some confusion of this doctrine.
        1. The doctrine of laying on of hands will take a longer to
            discuss than the first three because there is more
            confusion about that doctrine in the true church.
            a. The reason for the confusion is that this doctrine
                brushes up against the doctrine of the Holy Ghost and
                many saved people have different views on the Holy
            b. A lot of Baptists are scared to death of the Holy
                (1) They think everything that has to do with the
                     Holy Ghost is charismatic.
                (2) It isn’t.
            c. So let’s go a little deeper this morning.
        2. First, let me be clear that the truths of the laying on of
            hands has nothing to do with salvation.
            a. We are saved by repentance and faith and that is all.
            b. Laying on of hands has to do with three doctrines that
                are very close to one another.
                (1) Dedication - The Christian deciding he/she wants
                     to give themselves to Christ.
                (2) Consecration - The Christian changing their
                     lives so that they can give themselves to
                (3) Sanctification - The Holy Spirit taking the
                     Christians and setting him/her apart for His
        3. In fact, if you will look at the six doctrines mentioned
            in these three verses, you will see they are doctrines
            that guide you through the Christian life.
            a. First, we—especially the religious Jews—must learn
                that there are no works—including keeping the Law—
                that can save.  We must turn from such dead works.
            b. Second, we must turn to God in faith, and specifically
                His work of salvation through Jesus Christ.
            c. Third, we must be baptized into the Holy Ghost, that
                is saved.  That baptism is a work we cannot see but
                at or about that time, we should also demonstrate
                that unseen baptism with a water baptism.
            d. Fourth, we should seek the constant filling of the
                Holy Ghost by surrendering ourselves daily to Him.
            e. Fifth, we should understand and look for the
                resurrections of the dead.
            f. Last, we should understand and prepare for judgment to
    B. History
        1. The act of laying on hands is not a New Testament
        2. It was practiced much more in the Old Testament than in
            the New.
        3. To lay on the hands was to cleanse oneself of sin and to
            prepare to worship God.
            a. \\#Lev 1:4\\ Laying on of hands was done with the
                burnt offering.
                (1) The Burnt Offering was the consecration offering.
                (2) It had nothing to do with dealing with sin but
                     with totally surrendering oneself to God.
            b. \\#Lev 8:14,17,22\\ The sons of Aaron when being set
                apart for service as high priests, laid their hands
                on the head of their sin offering.
                (1) Here the laying on of hands was symbolic of God
                    taking their sins and placing them on the
                    sacrifice, but it was being done to prepare them
                    for God’s service.
                (2) If the laying on of hands was practiced with
                     every burnt and sin offering, it was done
                     hundreds or thousands of times daily in the Old
                (3) So to the Jew, the laying on of hands symbolized
                     being made clean, prepared for worship and
                     service to God.
        4. Along the same lines, in \\#Num 27:23, Deut 34:9\\ Moses
            shared the Spirit of wisdom and authority with Joshua to
            prepare him for his service to God.
        5. In the New Testament, laying on of hands meant more
            a. \\#Matt 19:15\\ Jesus laid hands on children,  We are
                not told why but no healing or special anointing is
                mentioned.  Most suppose it was Jesus imparting a
                spiritual blessing, God’s good will, on this
            b. \\#Luke 4:40\\ Jesus laid His hands on a person to
                give healing to him.
            c. \\#Acts 8:17\\ Peter and others shared the Holy Ghost
                with other Christians by praying and laying their
                hands on them.
                (1) This is the first time the Holy Ghost was
                     imparted to another by the laying on of hands.
                (2) We only know of the laying on of hands to receive
                     the Holy Ghost happening here and
                     \\#Acts 19:6\\.
                (3) There may be one of two others passages where
                     laying on hands MAY have happened with the
                     coming of the Holy Ghost, but these are the only
                     two where I know it happened.
            d. \\#1Tim 4:14\\ Paul reminded Timothy how God equipped
                Timothy for the ministry at the time that hands were
                laid on him.
        6. In the Bible, the primary use of laying on of hands was
            not to receive the Holy Ghost but to be cleansed and
            sanctified for service.
        7. The laying on of hands is a Biblical practice that the
            church should be practicing today.
            a. Our church will do this on September 17 when we ordain
                our new deacon, Bro. Leroy Humphrey, to his position
                as a deacon.
            b. However, I am not sure that we should not be coming to
                the altar every service, seeking God’s cleansing and
    C. False notions about the Holy Ghost and the laying on of hands.
        1. Some believe that to have the Holy Ghost and to be filled
            with the Holy Ghost are the same thing.
            a. There is a difference in having the PERSON of the
                Holy Ghost and being filled with the Holy Ghost.

Acts 6:3  Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among
you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy
Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this

Eph 5:18  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is
excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Ga 5:25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also
walk in the Spirit.

            b. Just because you have the PERSON of the Holy Ghost
                does not mean you are filled with the PRESENCE of the
                Holy Ghost.
                (1) You only get the Person of the Holy Ghost once.
                (2) I am not referring to getting more of the Holy
                     (a) That is a charismatic belief.
                     (b) The Holy Ghost does not come in pieces.
                     (c) He is a Person.
                     (d) You can have a person and not have the
                          presence of that person.  (Marriage, cell
                (3) The Holy Ghost’s stays with you but His presence
                     can come and go and for most Christians, He is
                     long gone.
                (4) Christians need to be filled with the presence of
                     the Holy Spirit of God.
            c. The false believe that Christians do not need to seek
                to be filled with the Holy Ghost is the reason we are
                so bereft of power today.
                (1) I often say that if you get the presence of the
                     Holy Spirit you will get His power, His peace,
                     His provision, His purpose, and all the other of
                     His gifts.
                (2) However, the reverse is also true.  Without His
                     presence you will not have His power, His peace,
                     His provision, His purpose, and all the other of
                     His gifts.
        2. Some believe that the Bible teaches that one who has the
            Holy Spirit must lay hands on new Christians for them to
            have the Holy Spirit.
            a. That is not true.
            b. While it did happen that way a few times in the Bible,
                it is no longer true.

Romans 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in
the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell
in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of
Christ, he is none of his.

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of
God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Ga 4:6  And because ye are sons, God hath sent
forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts,
crying, Abba, Father.

                (1) The book of Acts is a book of transition.
                (2) It went…
                    (a) …from having no church to having a church.
                    (b) …from having no Holy Spirit to having the
                         Holy Spirit.
                    (c) …from the Holy Spirit coming to those who
                         had hands laid on them to coming to all
            c. The fact that God gave the Holy Ghost a few times
                when hands were laid upon someone does not negate
                the bigger teaching in the Bible.
            d. The laying of hands has always pictured cleansing and
                equipping the people of God for worship and service.
        3. Some believe that the Bible teaches Christians need to
            have hands laid on them to be filled with the Holy Ghost.
            a. I do not believe that is true either.
            b. John the Baptist was filled with the Holy from his
                mother’s womb \\#Lu 1:15\\.
            c. The first coming of the Holy Ghost involved no laying
                on of hands at all but people praying, seeking God,
                emptying themselves of self.
            d. And that is the truth of being filled with the Holy
                (1) To be filled, a Christian must empty himself of
                (2) No laying on of hands can accomplish that.
                (3) The Christian must do that for himself.
                (4) This is the reason God gave the command to the
                     Christian to be filled not to the preacher to
                     fill your congregation.

Eph 5:18 … be filled with the Spirit.

            e. I will go a step further.
                (1) The sign that you are filled with the Holy Ghost
                     is not that you speak in an unknown tongue.
                (2) It is that you live a holy, pure life of service
                     for God—accomplishing something for Jesus.

Friend, this is not deep stuff.  This is the principles of the
doctrine of Christ, the beginner school of the Christian curriculum.
We need to cleanse ourselves of sin and sanctify ourselves for
service.  This is what the doctrine of laying on of hands is about.
And it is not just for the preacher, it is for the people of God.

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