For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be THE FIRST PRINCIPLES of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. (Hebrews 5:12)
The first principles of God are essential truths taken from God’s Word which create the basic ingredients for victorious Christian living. Life In The Bible will help individuals come into a deeper knowledge of God’s plan, His purpose for their life, and local church fellowship. A man must be born again to enter into the Kingdom of God. (John 3: 1-21) Once he has received Jesus, he then needs to be established within a local church.
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Heb. 10:25
The author of Hebrews was addressing a situation churches today also face. We are all at different levels of spiritual growth. This was also spoken of by the Apostle Paul when writing to the Corinth Church in I Cor. 3:1 “And I, brethren, could not speak as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.” It is obvious why the younger converts needed these principles incorporated within their lives, but what about those who required strong meat?
There are Christians today who feel they “know it all” because they have been born again for several years. Many have never committed themselves through local church fellowship. This is why the basics must be continually taught. There has to be cooperation among the mature Christian and the new convert. It is now the time for us to come to an understanding of God’s plan for the local Church. The Church is the Body of Christ. We need one another. The Pastor is the example for teaching the Body by demonstration. He is to be the administrator of a structure of ministry where the believers are responsible one to another. “That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.” (I Cor. 12:25)
God is gathering together His people into localities for hearing the Word of God and then doing the Word of God. Many Christians have become so liberated that they perceive commitment and loyalty as no longer existent. This has done damage to the universal church. God is calling His Church back to the First Principles. God does not want His people to be tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. Believers must be established in the reality of God’s plan for the church. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (II Tim. 4:3-4)
Going on unto perfection
“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 the laying on of hands, and of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgement.” (Heb. 6:1-2)
This was a letter written to the Hebrews. Please realize that chapters and verses were inserted later by the translators to make reading and reference easier. The author is continuing his explanation of chapter five. “Principles of the doctrine of Christ” is another term for the first principles. The writer is telling the Hebrew Church to go on to perfection building upon the foundation. Perfection means maturity. We must always go back to our first love, remembering the initial born again experience through Jesus Christ. “…but faith which worketh by love.” (Gal. 5:6)
Jesus in the gospels of Matthew and Luke gave the illustration of a man who built his house upon the rock and another who built his upon the sand. (It is good to compare the gospels for an accurate conclusion of the text.) “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon the rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon the house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon the rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” The scripture continues, “And it came to pass when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” (Matt. 7:24-29; Luke 6:46-49)
This parable has been misinterpreted to infer that men have the power to lay the foundation. The apostles and prophets of old along with Jesus, being the chief cornerstone, have already laid the foundation. We must activate the doctrine of Christ and build upon that foundation already placed within us. “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” (Eph. 2:20-22)