Saturday, November 14, 2015
Taking Your Christian Walk To The Next Level-This Message Is Not What You May Think It Is
Heb 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,
Heb 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Heb 6:3 And this will we do, if God permit.
Heb 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
Heb_6:1-14. Warning against retrograding, which soon leads to apostasy; Encouragement to steadfastness from God’s faithfulness to His Word and Oath.
Therefore — Wherefore: seeing that ye ought not now to be still “babes” (Heb_5:11-14).
leaving — getting further forward than the elementary “principles.” “As in building a house one must never leave the foundation: yet to be always laboring in ‘laying the foundation’ would be ridiculous” [Calvin].
the principles of the doctrine — Greek, “the word of the beginning,” that is, the discussion of the “first principles of Christianity (Heb_5:12).
let us go on — Greek, “let us be borne forward,” or “bear ourselves forward”; implying active exertion: press on. Paul, in teaching, here classifies himself with the Hebrew readers, or (as they ought to be) learners, and says, Let us together press forward.
perfection — the matured knowledge of those who are “of full age” (Heb_5:14) in Christian attainments.
foundation of — that is, consisting in “repentance.”
repentance from dead works — namely, not springing from the vital principle of faith and love toward God, and so counted, like their doer, dead before God. This repentance from dead works is therefore paired with “faith toward God.” The three pairs of truths enumerated are designedly such as JEWISH believers might in some degree have known from the Old Testament, but had been taught more clearly when they became Christians. This accounts for the omission of distinct specification of some essential first principle of Christian truth. Hence, too, he mentions “faith toward God,” and not explicitly faith toward Christ (though of course included). Repentance and faith were the first principles taught under the Gospel.
Leaving the principles of the doctrines of Christ (ἀφέντες τὸν τῆς ἀρχῆς τοῦ Χριστοῦ λόγον)
Lit. leaving the word of the beginning concerning Christ. Ἀφέντες leaving or dismissing does not imply ceasing to believe in elementary truths or to regard them as important, but leaving them “as a builder leaves his foundation in erecting his building” (Bruce). The word of the beginning of Christ is practically = the rudiments of the beginning, Heb_5:12; that rudimentary view of Christ's person and office which unfolds into the doctrine of his priesthood. Up to this point the writer has shown only that the permanent elements of the old covenant remain and are exalted in Christ. The more difficult point, which it will require matured perception to grasp, is that Christ's priesthood involves the entire abolition of the old covenant.
Let us go on unto perfection (ἐπὶ τὴν τελειότητα φερώμεθα)
Lit. let us be born on to completeness. The participial clause, leaving, etc., is related to the verbal clause as expressing a necessary accompaniment or consequence of the latter. Let us be born on to completeness, and, because of this, leave, etc. This sense is not given by the Rev. Τελειότης only here and Col_3:14. Rend. completeness. The completeness is viewed as pertaining to both the writer and the readers. He proposes to fully develop his theme: they are exhorted to strive for that full Christian manhood which will fit them to receive the fully-developed discussion.
Not laying again the foundation (μὴ πάλιν θεμέλιον καταβαλλόμενοι)
Not explanatory of leaving, etc. The following words, describing the elements of the foundation, - repentance, baptisms, etc., - simply illustrate in a general way the proposal to proceed to the exposition of the doctrine of Christ's priesthood. The illustrative proposition is that a building is not completed by lingering at the foundation; and so Christian maturity is not to be attained by going back to subjects which belong to the earliest stage of Christian instruction. He purposely selects for his illustration things which belong to the very initiation of Christian life.
Dead works (νεκρῶν ἔργων)
The phrase only in Hebrews. Comp. Heb_9:14. Not sinful works in the ordinary sense of the term, but works without the element of life which comes through faith in the living God. There is a sharp opposition, therefore, between dead works and faith. They are contraries. This truth must be one of the very first things expounded to a Jew embracing Christianity.
In this post I want to motivate you to grow deeper in Christ, learning to eat meat and not just be content with milk. In my last post I gave a few study tips, in this post a PT 2 of the last post. I now what to provoke you unto good works. The word provoke means to sharpen, bring to action and excitement, I want to challenge you to take your call to the next level. We can not be content, with just reading other peoples writings, or sermons, we must dig in the word for ourselves, many have no desire to go further in the things of the lord.
As, the commentaries brought out, and as I mentioned in a earlier post, This does not mean leaving proper orthodox sound doctrine. The text talks of some of these fundamentals, this is our foundation, but there is a time to get into the meat of the word.
Eating meat, you must do this your self, you must put the fork to your mouth and not another, you should look into all you hear and see if it is indeed in the word of God and doing so by studying in context, the whole matter, before and after, with many cross references. Making sure all you read and hear is truly what the lord teaches, this will excite you to study and in the process you will start digging in the word for yourself, and not just saying Amen to a sermon that is not even biblical, you would not say amen to much of what the modern Church is teaching, if you are you are still a babe sucking down milk by now you should be eating meat, maturing in Christ, taking new and bold steps. We are instructed to walk into a mature Christian life. This walk takes a life time, but get up and start this walk today.
I can tell you from experience, years ago, I was one of those who said amen, to things I am now ashamed of, why? I did not do the work. I took what I heard as Gospel truth, after all I trusted, respected the messenger, but all are still men, I miss it, you miss it, but we walk. Take up your mat of spiritual laziness today, and walk into all the lord has for you.
Many will never get into Gods perfect will, Why? they refuse to commit to the needed time of prayer and diligent study of the word, with hands on practice. We all make mistakes, we have all choked on a nice cut of meat, we choke, drink some water and continue eating the valuable cut of prime rib we payed for. Hear is the good news, this meat we did not pay for, Jesus did, He paved the way, He made it a possibility giving us the Holy Spirit as our guide and teacher to walk deeper in the things of God.
Dear reader may this provoke you unto good works, may this post call you to a deeper walk with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.