Epistle to the Hebrews (6:1-3)   Leave a comment

Epistle to the HebrewsSo let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.You don’t need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And so, God willing, we will move forward to further understanding.” Hebrews 6:1-3

As we saw at the end of chapter 5, the author was quite annoyed with the lack of maturity of those who have been in the church for so long. They have become slow to understand, spiritually dull, lacked discernment and were not enough mature in the faith to be able to teach others.

Even if he found himself limited to share his thoughts because of the reader’s immaturity, he goes on anyway to discuss about some important things. There has come a time where we need to leave milk and move to solid food. If we keep on giving milk to everyone because of those immature in the faith the church will not be able to grow up in maturity. The author says that he cannot go over again about the fundamental teachings of Christianity such as the repentance from sin.  Do we still need to teach Christians that adultery and stealing are sins? Do we still to teach about the importance of having faith in God? It breaks my heart to see that believers still have a partial understanding of the doctrines of Christianity. Many of them do not know or do not believe with all their heart that Jesus is God.  What is hindering us?

By the way, some research have shown that excessive consumption of milk causes a child to be full and refuse other nutritious foods and become underweight. Is it what happened to church goers? They can no longer assimilate solid food and are still weak in the faith.

Everything that the author has been sharing so far is based on the assumption that the believers do understand doctrines like repentance, salvation, godliness, baptism, laying of hands, the resurrection of the dead and the coming judgement. I think it’s right time in the churches to move on to adults teachings because there’re probably some mature men and women who are being given milk because of those who don’t want to make an effort to understand. We are not talking here of new believers but of those who heard over and over again the basic teachings of Christianity. I heard only once in my life a sermon based on the epistle to the Hebrews where mention was made about the High Priest and the torn veil. Does it appear to be elitism if sermons are drawn from the epistle to the Hebrews? Are our preachers giving solid food? If not, is it because the preachers have only milk to give or because the hearers cannot assimilate it? Solid food is not about teaching how to cast demons, how to prosper (that’s not even milk) or how to have a bunch of spiritual gifts. God does not care how big your house is, whether you are an expert demon hunter or can predict the future. No sir, solid food are teachings that make you come closer to the Lord. It’s those teachings that make you grow in wisdom, live a holy life and bear the fruits of the Spirit (love,joy,faith,kindness..).

In the coming verses, the author would like to give some teachings for adults.

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Posted July 21, 2012 by Cedric in Theology

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