HEB 5:10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
12 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.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
6:1 Therefore leaving the principles [# 4747 stoicheions] 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,
2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal [age (or aion) duration] judgment.
Strong's 4747 - stoicheion - something orderly in arrangement, i.e. (by impl.) a serial (basal, fundamental, initial) constituent (lit.), proposition (fig.)
Look at the list of teachings above - how dear these are to the hearts of many of us. We are not being admonished to tear them up but to recognize that these are but a foundation for something greater. Does it make sense, as happens in many churches, to build a foundation, then tear it up, and build it again. Let us look at the celestial plan and see what is to be on that foundation and what must be dissolved by fire.
it is time, it is time, it is time to take out the trash (wood, hay and stubble)
1CO 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
For some, it is graduation time and time to ascend higher into the Lord. While retaining the foundation of Jesus Christ we must take out the wood, hay and stubble to be burned in the fire. Otherwise, when the general judgment takes place, we will suffer loss of the reward that would be ours - but not our general salvation. At a given time, the law was considered perfect, did not David write? " The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple." PSA 19:7 And, in David's dispensation, it was considered perfect. But, Paul later wrote, "GAL 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage ? GAL 4 9 So, what was perfect in one age was weak and flawed in another age. And so we are once again coming to the changing of the age, will we be like the Pharisees and cling to the old or will we take out the wood, hay, and stubble to be burned and place the silver, gold and precious jewels - which will abide the fire - on the foundation of Jesus Christ. Will we allow ourselves to be in-Christed such that we can see our brothers and sisters without discrimination due to race, economic station, or gender? Then, truly we will have "put on Christ" and burned up the old, moth-eaten garments.
GAL 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
But some may say, these differentiations are doctrines that I have taught for years, how can I just toss them aside now? Good question - is it more important to hang on to the old elements and garments of these doctrines that are passing away - or is it more important to be prepared for when the fire comes that will dissolve the old way of thinking? Each one will decide for themselves. Some will have a smooth transition into the greater glory and others will come kicking and screaming, but eventually - in the age of ages - all mankind will come through the fire of the crystal sea to stand before the face of God.
But, it would seem that coming into the holiest place is a great achievement. Why one is right at the ark and amongst the cherubim. And further, behind the cherubim is the west wall that has no door in it. Why try to go on from here - there is no door - and it seems like a good resting place? And truly, in our earthly walk, there is no door to the west, if we go back to the east along our previous path, we are going spiritually backward. Once, one reaches the holiest place, what next? And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. LUK 2128 For those who learn the lessons of the holiest place have completed their walk in the earthly way of thinking and a new thing is about to happen. If you stand between God's footstool called the cherubim, look up. And what will you see above the cherubim?
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