Hebrews 6:2

“Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Of the doctrine of Baptismes, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternall iudgement.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

of the teaching of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The teaching of baptisms, and of the putting on of hands, and of the future life of the dead, and of the judging on the last day.
- Basic English Bible

of [the] doctrine of washings, and of imposition of hands, and of resurrection of [the] dead, and of eternal judgment;
- Darby Bible

Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
- Webster's Bible

or of teaching about ceremonial washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and the last judgement.
- Weymouth Bible

of the teaching of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
- World English Bible

and of leiynge on of hondis, and of risyng ayen of deed men, and of the euerlastinge doom.
- Wycliffe Bible

of the teaching of baptisms, of laying on also of hands, of rising again also of the dead, and of judgment age-during,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Hebrews 6:2


Heb 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms. The third of these first principles which belong to the "foundation" relates to baptism. See Ac 2:38 Eph 4:5 Mt 28:19. But why is the plural used? There is but one baptism in water when the penitent is baptized into Christ (Eph 4:5 Ga 3:27). There is, however, another baptism which was promised before Christ came which was not of water. See Mt 3:12. Christ also promised it before his ascension. Hence there is not only the baptism of the body in water, but of the spirit in the Holy Spirit, as fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. Of laying on of hands. In the primitive church the extraordinary operation of the Holy Spirit was imparted by the laying on of the Apostolic hands (Ac 8:17). Of the resurrection of the dead. One of the fundamental but primary principles of Christian teaching. Of eternal judgment. This was comprehended in teaching the resurrection. All were to be rewarded according to the deeds of this life.

Discussion for Hebrews 6:2

  • Perley Sasuclark for verse 2
    What is the "doctrine of baptisms " mentioned in Hebrews 6: 2? It is, first of all, one doctrine not three. It is, however, a three-fold manifestation of the one doctrine. First, it is the doctrine of water baptism as represented in the ritual washing in the Temple worship and John 's baptism. Second, it the doctrine of spiritual baptism as when one has been baptized into the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ by way of His cross. Third, it is the baptism of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, whom Christ said He would pray the Father to send to all who believed in Him to act in His stead. The first baptism is an ordnance of the Church and signifies the new birth. The second baptism is the sacrament of the new birth which is accomplished by the faith of man working with the grace and mercy of God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the Cross. The third baptism is the power of God that enables man to operate on a spiritually higher level in Christ Jesus. It is the "law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Now you don 't need to accept my definition and you may refute my reasoning. However, I want to remind you that a three-legged dog can walk just not as good as a dog with four legs.
  • I dont understand the laying on of hands meaning i know some think its still being done today in the same pretense of healing as in the old prophets and disciples although i know all is is possible if God permits it but i dont think He does so my ? is where does it say in the Bible that this is still available today or does it i am just wanting to expand my knowledge of Gods word
  • Anthony for verse 2
    Ben weaver, AMEN! It's not what u say, it's What u do! :)
  • Ben Weaver for verse 2
    Doctrine of baptisms, plural? Let's first notice; v. 1 encourages us to go on unto perfection, not continue to be hung up with foundation principles, such as "doctrine of baptisms". I feel I have found 7 different substances to be baptized, immersed into, to be absorbed by or overwhelmed with), referred to in the Bible. Israel was baptized unto Moses (1 Cor. 10:2). Baptism of repentance (change-over from old to new) (Matt.3:6). Baptism into the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13), Baptism with the Holy Spirit (Matt.3:11, Acts 2:4, 8:14). Baptism of fire (Matt. 3:11), Baptism of suffering (Lu. 12:50, Phil. 1:29). Baptism in any other name (1 Cor. 1:13). Also, some denominations use the term "Baptized into the visable church, which does not seem scriptural. Some of these are symbolic water baptisms and some not. "Laying on of hands" seems to be in the "Going on to perfection" category but we shouldn't be satisfied with just talking about it.

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