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"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 doctrine 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.

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"... founded on the rock," Luke 6'48.

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YOUR KINGDOM FOUNDATION

Foundations are indispensable to every structure and institution in society if they are to survive and succeed - so only sound foundations will stand the tests of time.

The varied experiences of daily life leave their mark on every human being on this planet, especially the negative ones.

And it's usually the person's philosophy of life, their foundation, that helps them deal with them. "Being philosophical" is a common worldly method for that.

But Believers who are experiencing rough times can immediately respond to the Lord's invitation to turn to Him:

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light,” Matthew 11'28-30.

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Jesus' words "learn from me" are very significant. That's because they relate directly to Believers' building their long-term strength and ability.

To learn God's manifold wisdom for life, which comes only from Him, He says this:

"Whoever comes to Me and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:

"He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.

And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock," Luke 6'47-48.

In likening Believers' life experiences, especially the confronting ones, to the varied weather conditions that come against a house, Jesus highlights that their strength depends on their foundation.

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Believers are within earshot of the proclamations of the world's wisdom challenging God's wisdom every day.

Without a foundation in the word of Christ they are in danger of ceasing to hear and to do His word.

Colossians 2'8 says:

"Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit,

according to the tradition of men,

according to the basic principles of the world,

and not according to Christ" .

Such things as philosophy, empty deceit, traditions of men, principles of the world, make up the "sand" the Lord referred to.

But why do Believers need such a warning? The short answer is, "Because of the deceptions".

There are many things that may very cleverly claim to be of value but are not. None of them convey anything eternally beneficial to Believers; no blessings, quite the opposite. Adam and Eve found that out!

Also, accepting deceptions like these puts Believers outside of God's grace, protection and the abundance of Kingdom life and open to the enemy's evil power.

When it comes to heeding the word of Christ, perhaps when it's hard to understand, and not the world, Peter went to the heart of it when he said to Jesus: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life," John 6'68.

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Alternatively, following on from that warning of Colossians 2'8, verses 9-12 present these marvellous words:

"For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;

and you are complete in Him,

who is the head of all principality and power.

In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands,

by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh,

by the circumcision of Christ,

buried with Him in immersion,

in which you also were raised with Him

through faith in the working of God,

who raised Him from the dead," Colossians 2'9-12.

These wonderful words are foundational statements. They are like a pillar against which Believers can check themselves regarding their foundation and take restorative action if necessary.

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THE FOUNDATIONAL ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES

Right from the first word of chapter 1 verse 1, the writer of the Letter to the Hebrew Believers lays out the eternal significance and relevance of Jesus as the Son of God to them - and 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.

They needed this stern exhortation because they had become "dull of hearing" They needed someone to go over the elementary teachings again. But he was not going to be that "someone"! 

Nevertheless, it is marvellous to think that the Holy Spirit led him to list those "first principles" of the foundation:

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)

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