Before We Go On To Perfection“The Laying On Of Hands” In Hebrews chapter 6 we have 6 foundational teachings mentioned which we all need to be reminded of so that we may have them in our heart so we may endeavor to go on toward perfection as God’s word encourages us here...
The Laying On of Hands in the O.T.• Basically described: 1. as the Act or Ceremony of “Imposition of Hands,” putting them on someone or some thing, it was always connected with the conveyance or transference of something figurative or real to another.2. In some cases it deals even with ideas of identification and devotion to God. But in the Old Testament especially each case varies with the purpose of the act mentioned.
The Laying On of Hands in the O.T.• To Impart a Blessing – Gen. 48:14-20• A Ritual of Sacrifice – Ex. 29:10,15,19; Lev. 1:4; Lev. 3:2,8,13; Lev. 4:4,24,29; 8:14• In Witness Bearing For Capital Offenses Lev. 24:14; Heb. 10:28• Tribe of Levi Set Apart – Num. 8:9-11• Moses Appointed Joshua to be his Successor - Num. 27:18, 23; Deut. 34:9
The Laying On of Hands in the N.T.• Jesus Did This: Luke 7:17-22 – To bless children – Mt. 19:13, 15; Mark 10:13-16 – Cleansed Leprosy – Lk. 5:12-14; Mark 1:41 – Blind To See – Mark 8:22-25 – Healed The Sick – Mark 6:5; Luke 4:40 – Raised The Dead – Mark 5:22-24, 35-42 – Jesus did many other miracles – John 20:30- 31; 21:25
The Laying On of Hands in the N.T.• The Apostles of Jesus Did This: Ac. 5:12 – In Healing the Sick – Acts 28:8; Mk. 16:18 – In Ordination to Office: • As an Elder - 1 Tim. 5:22 • To do a certain job (7) chosen - Acts 6:6 • Timothy appointed to preach – 1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:6 – Barnabas & Saul sent to Cyprus after finishing a certain ministry- Acts 12:25-13:3
The Laying On of Hands in the N.T.• The main purpose for laying on of hands in the early church was for imparting the miraculous influences of the Holy Spirit. – In Samaria – Acts 8:14-19 – In Ephesus – Acts 19:6 – Seen accompanied by prayer – Acts 6:6; Acts 8:15; 13:3
The Laying On of Hands in the N.T.• Spiritual gifts from laying on of hands ended when they were no longer needed: – Various spir. gifts given – 1 Cor. 12:6-11,27-31 • Had a limited duration – 1 Cor. 13:8-10 – The purpose of these gifts was to equip the church until it becomes mature, and to confirm the word. Eph. 4:11-15; Heb. 2:3-4 – The “perfect” had come – James 1:25 • Christ’s law completely delivered - Jude 3 • Commanded to teach only God’s word! 1 Tim. 1:3; 1 Cor. 4:6; 1 Cor. 9:21
Today…• The use of the laying on of hands may be used to show acceptance and approval of those who have been selected by the congregation to serve. Acts 6; 1 Tim. 5:22• In seeking God’s blessing and protection on those who serve. Acts 13:1-3• It is also to be accompanied by fasting and prayer as seen in Acts 13 even when you pray for someone, the imposition of hands represents the outward symbol of the prayer.
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