“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)
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.