“Let us go on unto perfection; “
At our Tuesday morning mens group Pastor Nelson Hopkins shared from Hebrews 6:1-3
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,
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
And this will we do, if God permit.
Almost seems like blasphemy, to leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ.
What the writer wants us to do is to GROW UP, IN CHRIST.
The problem is: “We must go on unto perfection;”
And our Churches have done a horrible job of teaching us these fundamental principles of the doctrine of Christ.
We do not believe or practice most of them.
Yes, we accept the truth that we are saved by Faith, that Christ died for our sins. We are made blameless, only by being covered by His blood.
Yes, we believe in being Baptized. A symbol of our death and resurrection with Christ.
Then we go off the rails. At the time of water Baptism, Christ was also Baptized in the Holy Spirit.
~ THE DOCTRINE OF BASPTISMS.
Of REPENTANCE, IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
For this to happen to us, we need to first realize the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, is not automatically given.
Paul and Peter both asked believers if they had received the Holy Spirit. They then received it. (Acts 10 and 19) They also had the evidence of speaking in Tongues. (Two separate Baptisms).
So Saints, one step towards perfection in Christ, is Believing the Word over BAD CHURCH DOCTRINE.
We need the Holy Spirit and His Power to build the Church. The Baptism is a Fundamental building block of His Body.
~ THE DOCTRINE OF LAYING ON OF HANDS.
FOR HEALING, AND TO SEND OUT FOR MINISTRY.
We lay hands on the sick. (James 7). The elders lay hands on those chosen to go out in the work of the ministry. (1 Timothy 4)
~ DOCTRINE OF SALVATION
RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. (This includes both dead in sin, and dead as in lifeless, no breath left).
~ DOCTRINE OF ETERNAL JUDGEMENT
Where will you spend Eternity?
Are you on the path to perfection? Do you believe and practice these truths?
“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,
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.“
If you hope to grow in and receive the Power of the Kingdom, to grow the Kingdom, LET THE HOLY SPIRIT TEACH YOU THROUGH THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
(Romans 12:1-2, my prayer for you). Amen
We must build on the FULL COUNCIL OF GOD.
If we stop before we accept these first things, how do we grow in Him?