Hebrews 6:1-3 [Part 5]
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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)
Everlasting Judgment

The judgment of all men in the last day is a
staple of the teaching of Christ and the

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole
matter: Fear God, and keep his
commandments: for this is the whole
duty of man.  For God shall bring every
work into judgment, with every secret
thing, whether it be good, or whether it be
evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 KJV)

And as it is appointed unto men once to
die, but after this the judgment: (Hebrews
9:27 KJV)
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and
went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They
that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their
vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at
midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then
all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us
of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. {gone out: or, going out} But the wise answered,
saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell,
and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that
were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also
the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto
you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the
Son of man cometh.

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own
servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another
two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took
his journey.  Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and
made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other
two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that
had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst
unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.  His lord said unto
him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will
make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  He also that had
received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I
have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and
faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many
things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came
and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and
gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the
earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.  His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked
and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have
not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at
my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him,
and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and
he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he
hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and
gnashing of teeth

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he
sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall
separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he
shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto
them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty,
and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was
sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous
answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave
thee drink?  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?  Or
when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and
say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of
these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left
hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was
a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye
visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an
hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto
thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to
one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting
punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (Matthew 25:1-46 KJV)

And This We Will Do.

There is no hesitation in the direction which the author is taking the Hebrews. They will go on
from these basic tenets. That is his purpose, and he will accomplish it, if God wills. He will bring
the Hebrews kicking and screaming if he has to. This statement is made with the assurance as
if it was happening in the present though it will happen in the future.

Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a
year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For
what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth
away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. (James
4:13-15 KJV)

See also: Php 3:12-14; Heb 5:12; 9:14; Ac 8:14-17; 17:31-32; 19:4-6; 24:25; Ro 2:16; Ac
18:21; 1Co 4:19