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The Elementary Principles of Christ #2294

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 (Hebrews 6:1, NKJV).

Just as there are “basic principles of the world,” there are “elementary principles of Christ.” The writer introduced “first principles of the oracles of God” in Hebrews 5:12 and explained that Christians who “partakes only of milk” are “unskilled” in the word of righteousness – spiritual infants ill-equipped to use God’s word to discern good and evil (Heb. 5:13-14). Please meditate with me on the place of the first principles of Christ in your life. (1) First principles are foundational (Heb. 6:1). They are a starting point for faith, not the end. Just as infants are fed milk first and progress to solid food, we begin with first principles and progress to the solid food of God’s truth (Heb. 5:12). (2) First principles help Christians become skilled in using God’s word (Heb. 5:13-14). First principles like repentance, faith, baptisms, miraculous gifts, resurrection, and judgment provide a framework to use God’s word as we mature (advance spiritually, Heb. 6:1-2). (3) First principles must be remembered and built upon (Heb. 6:1). We are exhorted not to linger only on the elementary principles, lest through neglect our faith recedes, and we fall away (Heb. 6:3-6, 11-12). The first principles of Christ lay a foundation of faith upon which we can continue to build and mature as we “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).

A Solid Foundation #752

46  But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47  Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48  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 6:46–48, NKJV)

Would you live in a house that did not have a solid foundation? Of course not! It would be dangerous and unfit for inhabitants. No building inspector would approve such a structure, and for good reason. Wisdom demands laying a strong foundation so the entire building is safe and secure. When you hear and do the words of Jesus you are like the person who digs deep and lays a solid foundation on the rock. Your life is secure, solid and safe. But listen carefully. Do not say “Lord, Lord” to Jesus and then not do what He says. That is not the deep and solid foundation upon which to build your life. Only by hearing and doing the word of Christ will your soul be saved.