We hold this truth from Hebrews 6:18.
“These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when he makes a promise, and he cannot lie when he makes an oath.“
We need to understand just what the Lord is saying to His Church, in the following scriptures:
“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 the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
And this will we do, if God permit.”
For many years I would read this and think; What? That’s not right? What’s this about? That’s ridiculous? Leave the principles of the Doctrine? Then go on to perfection? How dumb is that?
Until it was revealed:
It was a Tuesday morning Men’s group, led by my friend Pastor Nelson Hopkins, (He does a Sunday morning service online), from Impact Church in Morehead City, NC. He is a man of Wisdom and Faith, (catch him if you can, you will not regret it).
Anyway, the word isn’t saying throw out the Doctrine, but to get deeper into the Word. Go beyond the milk and find the meat to chew on.
We know the Doctrine, the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
There is no need to go over it weekly, the Bible is full of truths to find. We should continue to grow. Sadly, some churches are tied to the Lectionary instead of the Bible.
It is a good thing to have available, but we should live by the Word, not the programs of man. (The Lectionary)
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.”
Does this scripture apply to us all? In some ways yes.
As Christians we have been enlightened, we have tasted the heavenly gift of Forgiveness, we are Blameless in the Beloved. Yet there is much more than many believers fail to aspire to.
We are not taught how to partake of the Holy Spirit. The Gifts of the Spirit are available to any who will accept them. (1 Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12; Ephesians 4) We receive these Gifts when we ask and then receive that which the Lord desires us to have.
The Gift of Faith, of Healings, of Miracles. The problem, (what has frightened us), is the Gift of Tongues and Interpretation, probably the first and easiest of the Gifts the Lord would have us walk in. (Acts 2 is an example). We must be Christians to receive the Gifts.
Since it is a Gift that brings great joy as we experience our prayer language, many abused and failed to realize they control the Gifts and not the Gifts controlling us.
It is only after the Gifts are active in our lives. Jesus was baptized in the Holy Spirit, as He was Baptized in water, an act of obedience, for both Him and us. We should be Baptized in obedience of the Word, not of Repentance. Our focus needs to be aligned.
Believe and be Baptized. That is our charge. Once we experience the Power of the Holy Spirit the rest of the scripture becomes reality. We do not seek the Gifts, we do not believe we are Worthy to Work and live in them.
The Gifts are the tools the Lord gave us to build the Church, In the Old Testament, they showed God’s power and love. In the new Testament, it brought people to hear the Word of the Lord. It will do the same today.
Like the Hebrews of old, the Gifts are the straw that makes the building strong. Without the Gifts, we are building with hot air, we are not giving the people a chance to see, know, consider and understand that Jesus is God. (Isaiah 40:20)
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