Your Kingdom Foundation
"Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ,
let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation
of repentance from dead works
and of faith toward God,
of the teaching of immersions,
of laying on of hands,
of resurrection of the dead
and of eternal judgment.
And this we will do if God permits," Hebrews 6'1-3.
Everything has a beginning. In the case of those who believe the word of Christ, the crucial part of it is the foundation.
Their success depends on possessing the foundational understandings that the Holy Spirit has provided. He lists them as part of what is commonly called the Letter to the Hebrews.
Right from verse 1 of chapter 1 the Holy Spirit inspired writer lays out the eternal significance and relevance of Jesus as the Son of God - to them, and to all Believers.
But soon he has to interrupt himself. He says,
"... we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God," Hebrews 5'11-12.
The sad fact is that a stern exhortation was necessary as they had become "dull of hearing" and needed someone to teach them again.
Of course, God wants His People to be the opposite of that. And so that we can, He has caused this writer to write them down.
Now Believers can have the foundational understandings of:
repentance from dead works
faith toward God
the teaching of immersions
laying on of hands
resurrection of the dead
eternal judgment (Hebrews 6'1-2)
There are two things to note about the teaching and experiencing of these oracles/principles.
1. The writer says, "you need someone to teach you again". And he refers to them having been discussed. This reveals a teaching-discussion environment, and perhaps experiencing.
2. These principles/oracles are listed in sequence. But experiences may not, as happened here:
"While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.
And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.
For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.
Then Peter answered, 'Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be immersed who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?'” Acts 10'44-47.
The obvious example here of two things being in different sequence is the immersion in the Holy Spirit preceding immersion in water.
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