I am no builder. In fact, I possess very little know-how in the handyman department. However, even I know that when you pour cement for a foundation, you must do it in one throw (yes, throw!)! If you try pouring new cement on an already laid foundation, it will crack and break. The point being that the construction of a foundation is extremely important. Do it wrong, and you could set yourself up for disaster!
Following on from yesterday we see in today’s passage six foundational doctrines to be believed. These six doctrines are represented in 3 couplets that form the elementary, spiritual foundations on which the Christian is to mature: Change, Obedience and Hope.
- Repentance is that change of our sinful nature that results in our turning away from sin.
- Faith in God is the change in our desire to turn to God.
- Instruction about baptisms is that most basic of commands that require simple obedience to Jesus.
- Laying on of hands is the ministry life of obedient believers, from ordination (going into ministry) to healing and blessing others with our lives.
- The resurrection of the dead is that hope of eternal life believers have because of Christ’s own resurrection.
- The eternal judgement is the hope we have that Jesus will stand as our advocate and substitute in the coming judgement.
Finally, today let us see that spiritual maturity must happen through our utter and total dependence on God. He opens minds and hearts. He brings understanding, knowledge and wisdom. As we seek to grow as believers, let us do so not in our strength, knowledge or wisdom, but by total dependence on God.
- What core foundations have been laid down in your life? Who was responsible for imparting them to you?
- Are there any elementary truths you struggle to believe? Who can you talk to better understand these core doctrines of the Christian faith?
Father God, thank you for giving us your Word, to guide and teach us and point us resurrection life in Jesus. By your Spirit cause us to change, give us the desire to be obedient in all areas of our lives and let us rest in the hope we have in Jesus! Amen.