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Milk Doctrine: Laying on of Hands
By Mitch Kuhn
Posted January 30, 2011
The milk doctrines in Hebrews 6 are what form the foundation, upon which our spiritual life is built. We have covered repentance, which is turning from our old ways and going a new direction. We repent not only of what we do, but what we are – sin.
Heb 6:1-2 Wherefore leaving the doctrine of the first principles of Christ, let us press on unto perfection; not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the teaching of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Positive uses of hands in scripture:
There are two primary positive ways that the laying on of hands is used in scripture – healing and giving the Holy Spirit. Interestingly, neither of these requires physical laying on of hands to be accomplished.
Mar 5:22-33 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.
What is life?
Joh 17:3 – And this is life eternal (aionian), that they should know thee the only true God, and him whom thou didst send, even Jesus Christ.
Act 9:12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
Healing is not only accomplished by the laying on of hands
Mat 8:8 And the centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed.
Mar 2:17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Luke 5:31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
God has caused people to not understand and keeps the truth from them.
Mat 13:10-11 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
Mat 13:13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
Mat 13:35 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.”
Mat 11:15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Deu 29:4 But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.
Eze 12:2 “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, who have eyes to see, but see not, who have ears to hear, but hear not, for they are a rebellious house.
2Co 4:3-4 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them.
Joh 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and he hardened their heart; Lest they should see with their eyes, and perceive with their heart, And should turn, And I should heal them.
2Co 3:14-16 But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
Joh 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws (drags) him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
2Th 2:11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,
When God brings someone out of delusion he heals them and gives them the spirit.
Act 9:17 So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
How is the Holy Spirit Given
Act 8:17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
Physical laying on of hands is not required to receive the holy spirit.
Act 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them that heard the word.
Ultimately it is God who gives the Holy Spirit.
1Th 4:8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is how God teaches us spiritual things.
1Co 2:11-14 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1Jn 2:20 And ye have an anointing from the Holy One, and ye know all the things.
1Jn 2:27 And as for you, the anointing which ye received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any one teach you; but as his anointing teacheth you; concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, ye abide in him.
Receiving the spirit is foundational because it is the means by which God teaches us spiritual things. We are to move beyond receiving the spirit and learn through the spirit, becoming more mature. The gift of the Spirit is only the beginning.
Example: Pentecostal….. Outward manifestations of the spirit, dancing, singing, speaking in tongues, does not promote maturity.
Heb 6:1-2 Wherefore leaving the doctrine of the first principles of Christ, let us press on unto perfection (completeness); not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the teaching of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Commands regarding the laying on of hands
1Ti 5:22-25 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure. Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.
How do we know who to “Lay hands on”?
Luk 6:44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.
Mat 7:17-18 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Gal 5:19-21 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Commissioning – Blessing:
Act 6:3 -7 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 business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Paul and Barnabus
Act 13:2-3 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
Paul and Barnabas were proven before they had hands laid on them.
Act 9:26-29 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.
Putting your blessing on people who are not teaching the doctrine of Christ.
2Jn 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
2Jn 1:10-11 If anyone is coming to you and is not bringing this teaching, be not taking him into your home, and say not to him, “Rejoice!” For he who is saying to him to be rejoicing (G5463) is participating in his wicked acts.
2Co 7:16 I rejoice (G5463) therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.
Php 1:18 What then notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense (outward show), or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
Mat 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
1Jn 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.