( HEBREWS 6:1 )
THEREFORE LEAVING THE PRINCIPLES OF THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST, LET US GO ON UNTO PERFECTION; NOT LAYING AGAIN THE FOUNDATION OF REPENTANCE FROM DEAD WORKS, AND OF FAITH TOWARD GOD, ( 2 ) OF THE DOCTRINE OF BAPTISM, AND OF LAYING ON OF HANDS, AND OF RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD, AND OF ETERNAL JUDGMENT. ( 3 ) AND THIS WE WILL DO, IF GOD PERMIT.
As we get into chapter six; we must look at the last part of chapter five to see where we fit in this study. That call is not mine to make, only you can decide where you stand spiritually as it concerns your ability to move foward from being simply a babe in Christ.
As I’ve stated; I believe the Apostle Paul wrote this book to his beloved people, brothers and sisters in Christ. Jesus Christ himself makes the point that ( unless you are willing to deny father, mother, sister and brother you cannot be my disciple )( Luke 14:26 ). He even says you must be willing to deny yourself, your own life. The Apostle Paul, as a jew had asked Christ to be his savior. He had even counted his own life as dung all for the knowledge of Christ ( Philippians 3:8 )
In ( Hebrews 5:12-14 )he says this:
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not strong meat. ( 13 ) For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. ( 14 ) But strong meat belongeth to them that are of ful age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
This is a statement that I have often made and stand on even as I seek to teach through these verses. If any person truly desires to understand what is being taught in the time frame of scripture to which we live, it becomes very important to understand what actually takes place in the ( Book of Acts ). ( I believe ) that if you as a believer will study, with sincere prayer, dying to youself and the inputs that might come from any other person then your understanding of scripture in general will be greatly inhanced.
I truly desire for you to know! It cannot be me nor any other person that is your teacher. It must be your willingness to yield to God’s Spirit as he teaches you. That, even to denying your own personal beliefs. Just like the Nation of Israel that the Apostle Paul was speaking to, it can’t be left to our old teachers, parents, families, Churches as in denominations and so forth. It must be as God reveals truth to you.
I’ll share this personal story that happened to me years ago. I’m an electrician by trade. Many years ago my helper and I was working on a job where another brother in Christ was working as well. As we met, realizing we both believed in Christ as our savior, we began to fellowship one with another. My helper was not a believer.
One day as we talked the young man asked me if I spoke in tongues? I replied ( No ). From that point on in his mind, there was no way I had God’s Spirit living within me. He believed that in order for me to say I had the Holy Ghost, I had to speak in tongues. We finished that job and, I never seen to young man again.
The very next job we went to was a drycleaning business. We were wiring the building and the equipment for drycleaning. It just so happened that I knew the plumber that was plumbing the building. He was also a person that believed in speaking in tongues. I knew him well enough that normally we just wouldn’t even debate that issue. However, my helper didn’t know that.
One day as we were taking about spiritual things, my helper looked at the man I’m speaking of and said: I can say one thing about Marshall, he’ll take a stand on things such as speaking in tongues, not knowing or understanding that the other man and I disagreed on that subject.
When we said that the other brother was determined to make me tell him what I had said but, I simply didn’t desire to argue about it. Therefore, for two days I just wouldn’t answer. On the end of the second day as he continued to pressure me, I said, O.K.
At that I asked him this question referring to:
( 1 Corinthians 13:10 )
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
I asked, what is that which is perfect? He automatically answered ( Jesus ) I replied, it can’t be because the word ( that ) is not a personal pronoun, If the answer would have been Jesus the scripture would have said ( He which is perfect ). He said ( I see ).
The next morning, as we got to the job and said our good mornings, he said ( heaven ) I replied; no that’s not it. I shared with him how that the Apostle Paul was speaking of the completing of the New Testament. I said, common sense will reveal to you that when Paul was writing that verse, the New Testament had been finished. However, when it is completed, many things that was used by God’s Spirit at that time ( will be done away )
When I amde that statement, I could see the look in his eyes and tell, ( he knew I was correct ). It was not me that had convinced him, I was God’s Spirit. I told him just what I just said. As we stood there, I also said, now you have a problem. That problem is, are you willing to stand up against the people you fellowship with and take that same stand?
You see, having to seperate yourself from those you love and, stand above all with Jesus Christ is not an easy task. The Apostle Paul knew this as he wrote to the Hebrew believers. Are you able to ( move ) from where you are toward perfection? He asked the believer. Can you leave the ( principles ot the doctrine Of Christ )? What does that mean? And, what would be the knew concept?
We have Churches today that still aren’t able to do that one thing. Therefore, they remain babes in Christ. It’s not just ( that principle ) but the whole list we see in ( Hebrews 6: 1-3 ). He says ( this we will do if God permit ) God did permit that. The Apostle Paul, being a Jew done it, with many others. There are many believers that has move on to perfection but many will not because they are stuck in traditions of men, just as Israel was and, still is to this day.
Well get into these things seen in ( Hebrews 6 ) and also look at The Day of Pentecost and how it relates to these things. It always amazes me how people get so involved in ( denominational teaching ) that they are very willing to forget the ( Principles of the word of God ) clinging to their own loved denomination.
The ability to listen to and heed to the Holy Spirit is a great asset to have, to learn. We see ( Leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ ). That; as far as the believer is concerned as compared to the Hebrew people. They were so bound to what they seen in the life and ability of Christ that they had a hard time leaving those principles.
Often today, we get so caught up in what a single denomination teaches that we can’t leave those principles and move foward to ( the doctrine of the true Church ). Can we do that and move toward spiritual perfection? What we often miss is how we find the doctrines of the true Church as spelled out in scripture. If you remember, I made a statement about ( the Ap[ostles’ doctrine ). What was that and, why?
I’d like for you to consider this. In the very early days of the Church being right after thr day of Pentecost, there were eleven Apostles only. In ( Acts 9 ) we can read where Jesus Christ called and commissioned ( Saul ) who became Paul. As we move foward in Acts the Apostle Paul becomes the ( keynote speaker ). In the first chapter of ( Acts ) we see where the eleven apostles tried to pick an apostle to repace Judas which had fallen. They were instructed to ( go to Jerusalem ) and wait for the promise. Here, they got ahead of Jesus Christ and, made this decision before to promise came. However, that didn’t change the plans of God the Father.
Often, we make the same mistake. We do things, especially in our Churches that have nothing to do with God’s Spirit but, we still seek to build on those things as babes. Those things often build a wall between what God’s Spirit desires to teach and the believers in Christ, causing them to remain ( babes in Christ ).
The book of Hebrews is one of the books that the Aposlte Paul wrote as concerning the maturity of the Church. In the very verses we are considering here ( Chapter 5, verse 12-14 ), he is saying that we are drinking milk and not eating strong meat. THe Apostle Paul becomes that person that feeds that strong meat.
If you will consider the birth of a baby. Once that baby is born doesn’t it continue to feed of of his mother for a while until he becomes strong enough to eat other foods? The Apostles’ doctrine is exactly the same picture. The original eleven Apostles stayed in Jerusalem nurturing the new Jewish believers, They continued to feed them the ( Doctrine or the principles of Christ ). That is exactly what a mother does to a new born as it begins to grow. We can basically find every things mentioned in the first two verses here ( Hebrews 6:1-2 ) in the early part of Acts. Even the Apostle Paul was gifted as an Apostle to do these things. As you study through Acts you can see this.
However, in ( verse 3 ) he says ( and this we will do if God permits ) He’s saying that we are going to move on to perfection as the body of Christ. The true story I told you about the understanding of ( 1 Corinthians 13:10 ) and the brother was used as an example. Many people cannot make themselves seperate from their friends and families as they seek to move foward from spiritual childhood. We have to be spiritually wise enough to understand the things he mentions in ( verses 1-2 ) to become spiritually strong. For instance; the phrase ( FAITH TOWARD GOD ). What’s he saying there? Don’t we have faith toward God today? However, I don’t expect God to destroy all my enemies like he did for Israel. I don’t expect food to fall out of heaven every day. I don’t expect To be able to take two fishes and five loaves of bread and feed a multitude.
The Apostle Paul is saying that every thing mentioned in ( Verses 1-2 ) are past tense. We’ll begin to look at them in the next lesson. Basically every thing he mentions is or was a part of the ( doctrine of Christ ). Each of the Apostles were part of the ( Doctrine of Christ ). Each of them were part of the beginning of the new formed Church. They were part of the foudation we stand on today. Understanding that is paramount to knowing God’s word as it unfolds toward our spiritual growth.
Next week we will continue with these verses!
2 Timothy 1:7