Heb. 6:2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
Last week, we talked about repentance from dead works and putting our faith in God.
Repentance is a relationship. Turning away from an old master and turning to a new master.
As part of hygiene, we were taught to wash our hands before eating. Taking a bath is a normal routine for us. Filipinos are fond of taking a bath. I heard of foreigners who prefer to hire Filipinos as employees because we are a clean race. We normally take a bath twice a day.
Transition: What do the Jews believe about baptism and laying on of hands?
Old testament practice:
Numbers 19: 19b-20 – The person being cleansed must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and that evening he will be clean. But if a person who is unclean does not purify himself, he must be cut off from the community, because he has defiled the sanctuary of the Lord.
No “baptism” word in the old testament, but a Law on washing and cleansing.
Who or what needs washing & cleansing? It’s done ceremonially! No man can come in the sanctuary of the Lord unless he is clean.
Objects: utensils, things in the temple (dedicated to God), clothes of an unclean person
People: Levitical priests (Aaron’s sons) – for consecration before entering the tent of meeting or altar so that they will not die
– To cleanse those who touched unclean animals or dead things
Bathsheba – was bathing when David saw her to have purification after menstrual cycle (2 Sam. 11)
Naaman – In 2 Kings 5, the prophet Elisha told him to wash in the Jordan to have cleansing.
Wrong Understanding of Baptism:
Baptism comes from the Greek word “baptizo” which means “immersion”.
The first mention of Baptism in the bible was during the time of John the Baptist wherein he would baptize a repentant sinner in the Jordan river.
Pouring is done only when there is no water available.
As Filipinos, we are familiar with infant baptism. Binyag or kumpil which meant that a baby being baptized is being welcomed into the Christian world and whose original sin will be cleansed.
2. “Cleanses sin”
Baptism does not save you and will not save you. We are saved by trusting in what Christ did on the cross. He died as a payment for our sins. Our act of doing baptism cannot add to what Jesus did. His work on the cross is complete. “It is finished.”
Matt. 3:15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
– Jesus did it not to be cleansed but as a proof of righteousness. With his baptism, he identified with humanity’s sin and failure becoming our substitute.
3. “Baptismal Formula”
Acts 10:48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.
– Some people think we need to baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. While some do it “in Jesus name”.
What Baptism is:
1. Baptism of Repentance
Mark 1:4 And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
John’s baptism – altar call; public declaration (show picture)
– Modern preachers do the contemporary altar call to ask people if they want to make Jesus as Lord.
– John’s baptism is a baptism of repentance. It was a form of altar call and a public declaration that they are believers.
2. Newness in Life
Rom. 6:3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
Rom. 6:4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
We identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ in baptism.
3. Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
– The Holy Spirit fills us with good things in order to be a blessing to other people.
Baptism is a declaration that we belong to Christ.
ON LAYING ON OF HANDS:
1. To ORDAIN & COMMISSION SPIRITUAL LEADERS
2. To minister the BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
3. To impart SPIRITUAL GIFTS
(Joshua from Moses; Timothy from elders; Acts 6)
4. To impart FAMILY BLESSING.
Fathers – have a special role in the releasing of the blessing for the children
Hands should be used to bless and not to hurt.
– Hands are not used to discipline but the rod.
5. To minister HEALING.
Praying for sick people. Authority of believer.
MAINPOINT: SINCE WE BELONG TO CHRIST, WE MUST BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS.