GROWING IN OUR TESTIMONY
November 9, 1997
INTRODUCTION: Literally reads, “therefore, having left
(once and for all) the elementary lessons (the ABC’s) of the
teaching of Christ.”
When you are a child, you leave your ABC’s so that you might
read words, sentences, books, in fact, anything in literature.
But you do not keep leaving the basics. You use the basics to
go on to better things.
The writer of Hebrews demands that they forsake their
immaturity. Verse 6:1, “wherefore let us cease to speak of
the first principles of Christ, and press on unto perfection.”
(maturity). This is a once-for-all action.
The Hebrew Christians must abandon the temple sacrifices
together with its attending rituals and its accompanying
priesthood. They have far better provisions for their need in
Calvary and a far better Priest in Christ.
The substance found in Christ must not be forsaken for the
mere shadows found in the Levitical ritual.
NOTE 3 WORDS:
I. PROGRESSION. 1
“leaving” - means to move beyond. All of this is based
on Hebrews 5:12-14 (“therefore”).
A baby bird moves beyond the shell. A builder moves
beyond his foundation.
“elementary principle” - like the foundation of the
“let us go on” - passive verb; let us be carried forward.
It is God Who enables us to progress as we yield to Him,
receive His Words, and act on it.
A baby does not “grow himself.” It is normal for
Christians to grow; it is abnormal for them to have
Mature Christians are carried along by the power of God.
EXAMPLE: Leave your newborn child for one week
and come home noticing the changes. They grow! Have
you and I changed? Are we progressing in our faith?
II. EXPLANATION. 1b-2
A. INITIAL EXPERIENCES. 1b
(all are fou ...
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