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Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God , and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands…(Hebrews 6:1-2)

The fourth component of the “elementary doctrine of Christ” as found in Hebrews 6:1–2 is “the laying on of hands.” Let’s begin exploring this concept of “laying on of hands.” The first time we see this phrase used in a ritual sense (rather than in the context of violence — “to lay hands on” someone) is in Exodus 19 in reference to the consecration of the priests and then again in Numbers 8 with the consecration of the Levites.

“Then you shall take one of the rams, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the ram, and you shall kill the ram and shall take its blood and throw it against the sides of the altar” (Exodus 29:15–16).

When you bring the Levites before the Lord, the people of Israel shall lay their hands on the Levites, and Aaron shall offer the Levites before the Lord as a wave offering from the people of Israel, that they may do the service of the Lord. (Numbers 8:10–11)

The next time we see this expression used is in the transmission of authority from Moses to Joshua.

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead … (Hebrews 6:1–2)

The fifth component of the “elementary doctrine of Christ” as found in Hebrews 6:1–2 is “the resurrection of the dead.” When most Believers think of the resurrection, we conjure up images associated with the popular Left Behind book series. We think of the sky cracking open, Jesus appearing in the clouds and people being whisked away from wherever they are into the air to meet him. Cars, motorcycles and airplanes begin to cause worldwide collisions and panic as their drivers are snatched away into the Sweet By and By. This is not the Resurrection. The Resurrection is for the dead, not the living. The living have no need of resurrection; it is only the dead. 

Although the Resurrection is one of the foundational tenets of our faith upon which both the hope of Judaism and Christianity rests, it is a concept long since forgotten in the theological annals of our faith. It is a concept which sets Judaism and Christianity apart from all other world religions. It was this very hope of the Apostles which was confirmed through the physical resurrection of our Master. But yet we have really lost all connection to this basic belief held in high regard by the Apostles.

The Apostolic Gospel (Part 1)

In the last two issues we have looked at both John the Immerser’s Gospel proclamation and that of Yeshua. We found that the gospel message of both John and Yeshua was identical. They both proclaimed, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” This was their good news — their Gospel. Now, we need to take a look at the Gospel the Apostles proclaimed and compare it with that of the Gospel of John and Yeshua. We are trying to find when the gospel message began to change from the original one found with the Gospels.

This next section will look at the Apostolic Gospel. This part will be focused on Peter’s Gospel and the next will be focused on Paul. By examining both of these Apostles we should have a good overview of what the Apostles were teaching in regard to the Gospel. Let’s begin by taking a look at the good news Peter proclaimed as recorded in the book of Acts, his sermon on the Temple Mount on the day of Pentecost. Please take the time to read through Peter’s sermon in Acts 2:14–41 (below) as preparation for my discussion following.

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,

that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,

and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

    and your young men shall see visions,

    and your old men shall dream dreams;

This is the first of a series of blogs by guest writers we hope to share. It's merely a way to hear people's testimony, their spiritual journey in relationship to the truths of Scripture as revealed when they began studying from a Hebraic perspective. Some will also share the impact of Emet HaTorah on their lives. Today, I introduce you to Pastor Jeff Musgrave. Jeff is a Southern Baptist minister and pastors First Baptist Church in Langdon, North Dakota. Jeff and I have gotten to know one another over the last few years and he recently helped me in the proofing process of my new book, The Four Responsibilities of a Disciple. Here's Jeff's story of how he came to know Jesus as Yeshua and how that has affected his life and ministry.



Latest Book Review

The Magerman Edition

Author: Daniel Rose & Jay Goldmintz
Publisher: Koren Publishers
Year: 2014

The Koren Ani Tefilla Siddur is one of the latest in Koren’s growing collection of siddurim (prayer books) geared towards a specific demographic. Koren describes Ani Tefilla as “an engaging and thought-provoking siddur for the inquiring high school student and thoughtful adult.” Koren says that Ani Tefillah has been developed in order “to help the user create their own meaning and connection during the Tefilla [prayer] experience.” The name of the siddur is connected with its objective. Ani Tefilla means “I pray.” 


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