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The Elementary Teachings about Christ (A Brief Look at Hebrews 6)

Here is a fascinating passage from Hebrews 6. If you were asked, “What are the primary elementary teachings about Christ?, what would you say? Notice the list that the author of Hebrews gives —

Notice that he refers to this list as “the foundation” (v. 1). Just a few questions occur to me —

1. How can some Christians say that repentance is not required for salvation? Without repentance, our “acts” lead to spiritual death!

2. Without faith it is impossible to please God, we are told in Hebrews 11:6 (“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”). One of the foundation truths about Christ is that we have faith in God. Not in ourselves or our works or our religiosity. But in God.

3. I’m a bit puzzled by the third elementary truth: “instruction about cleansing rites.” I’m not Jewish and Hebrews was written with a Jewish audience’s needs prominent. Some were apparently tempted to go back to Judaism and its efforts at a works-salvation process. Perhaps that’s what’s on the author’s mind.

4. This fourth elemental truth — “the laying on of hands” — obviously has to do with leadership. God is not a God of chaos, but of order. And order in the local church involves godly, qualified pastor-shepherds who use their gifts to build up the Body of Christ.

5. Another elemental truth is “the resurrection of the dead.” How are we to “move beyond” a truth like that?! Moving beyond doesn’t mean abandoning these fundamental truths, but building on them. In our this-life-only culture, we need to remind people that there is a life beyond this life. And every person will be raised from the dead — some to eternal life and others to eternal punishment (Mt. 25:46).

6. A final “elemental truth” is “eternal judgment.” If the Bible teaches that there are two and only two eternal destinies for man (either the New Heavens and the New Earth for believers or the Lake of Fire for unbelievers), then we must resist efforts to minimize the awful truth of eternal separation from God and His Kingdom. You might find my 1st book, The Other Side of the Good News, helpful here.

Conclusion: These six truths are fundamentals for the believer. And we should thank God for this foundation of truth. And we should “move beyond” them (build on them) in the sense of growing in our walk with Christ!

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2021 in Hebrews 6

 

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