Hebrews 6:1-3 [Part 3]
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The Foundation
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. (Hebrews 6:1-3 KJV)

The Principles of the Doctrine of Christ

The principles, or the first things, of the teachings of Jesus Christ. These are the things which
must be understood. They are a part of the milk of the word.


Perfection is maturity. They needed to go beyond the acceptance of these truths.

Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ
Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung,
that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of
the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by
faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his
sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the
resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect:
but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ
Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting
those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I
press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us
therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise
minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. (Philippians 3:8-15 KJV)

The Foundation

These are the things upon which the faith and life of Christians are based.

Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in
Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are
we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto
us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried
stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall
sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. (Isaiah
28:14-17 KJV)

Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to
whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the
foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that
house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth
not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the
stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
(Luke 6:47-49 KJV)
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid
the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth
thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1
Corinthians 3:10-11 KJV)

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints,
and of the household of God; 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. (Ephesians 2:19-22 KJV)

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain
riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that
they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;  Laying up in store
for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on
eternal life. (1 Timothy 6:17-19 KJV)
Doctrine of Baptisms

Some have tried to make this the ceremonial washings of the Old Testament in an
effort to avoid the concept of multiple baptisms (immersions). However, there are
several baptisms (immersions) spoken of in the New Testament: 1) the baptism of
John in water, 2) the baptism of Jesus in water, 3) the baptism of fire, 4) baptism of
sufferings, 5) baptism of the Holy Spirit. Although the Greek word is used in other
instances in the New Testament to speak of the ceremonial washings of the Old
Testament, this instance I do not believe can be referring to this because of the
context, that of the first principles of the doctrine of Christ.

John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the
remission of sins. And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of
Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their
sins. (Mark 1:4-5 KJV)

When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made
and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but
his disciples,) (John 4:1-2 KJV)

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the
end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20 KJV)

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be
damned. (Mark 16:16 KJV)

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name
of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy
Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar
off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (Acts 2:38-39 KJV)

And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins,
calling on the name of the Lord. (Acts 22:16 KJV)

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave
himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by
the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot,
or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
(Ephesians 5:25-27 KJV)

The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting
away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,)
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right
hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him. (1
Peter 3:21-22 KJV)