Hebrews 6:1–2

I want to look at these verses now from the New Living Translation. I think it gives a translation here that is very easy to understand.

“1 So 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.
2 You don’t need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.” (NLT)

Even though we should not cover the basics repetitively for mature Christians, this does not mean that we should move on and not speak about these concepts ever again. If the Book of Hebrews is an example, it contains a whole chapter devoted to “faith in God” (chapter 11). And as you read further in chapter 6, a continued repentant and faithful life—one that does not fall back into evil deeds or dead works—is of paramount importance. Hebrews 10:22 also brings to our attention that our bodies are washed in pure water. So let me list in paraphrased form the fundamental elements from Hebrews 6:1–2 that we should already have full knowledge of, even though we don’t need to keep covering these basics in elementary terms for mature Christians.

• Teaching about the identity and basic purpose of Christ (His deity)

• Repentance from dead works or evil deeds (this involves changed mind and actions)

• Faith in God—as 1 John 5:4 describes, the incredible “victory that overcomes the world”

• Baptism (Christian, or “into Christ”) teaching the proper method and purpose instead of following sectarian cleansing rituals that were practiced in ancient times

• The laying on of hands, done by the apostles in the NT for special anointing (Acts 8:19)

• The resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians, 15th chapter)

• Eternal judgment (Matthew 25:31 and following)

The Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.

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