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The six-fold foundation of Hebrews 6:
pp. 37-42
There are many who believe that in Hebrews 6: 1, 2 we have the fundamentals of our
faith. There are some who push this further, and teach that no one can be recognised as a
teacher who does not hold to and teach these six doctrines. The writer was once among
this number, and there are some readers of this magazine who still believe this to be truth.
To such we commend this article, and remind them of the Bereans who searched the
Scriptures to see whether "those things were so."
In our last article we sought to show by the parallelism of I Cor. 2: and 3: with Heb.
5: and 6: that failure to realize Christ as the one foundation led to sectarianism, and
prevented the reception of the "deep things of God." We propose to examine the first
three verses of Heb. 6::--
"Therefore leaving. . . . let us go on. . . . not laying again. "
These Hebrew believers were exhorted to "Go on unto perfection, " and this word
occurs in but one other passage, viz., Col. 3: 14 "love, which is the bond of perfectness."
In Col. 2: Paul had exhorted them to leave the "doctrines of men" and the "rudiments of
the world," and in Col. 3: he bids them "seek those things which are above. "That which
is perfect" is the "perfect man. . . . the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ,"
in other words, the "one body." It was to this that the apostle exhorted them. Leave the
elements of the pentecostal dispensation now obsolete, and go on unto blessedness of the
dispensation of the mystery--the one body. Go outside the camp of Judaism unto the
Lord and His church, where there is neither Jew nor Greek, but where Christ is "all and in
all." Heb. vi explains they were to leave.
"The principles of the doctrine of Christ."
Did ever words sound more like heresy than these? Did Paul teach men to leave the
principles of the doctrine of Christ? The margin of the R.V. gives the literal rendering.
"The word of the beginning of Christ." This means not merely "a word," but a discourse,
a narrative, setting things in order which were believed among them, and delivered by
eye-witnesses who were from the beginning (Luke 1:1-3).  The book of the Acts
commences thus, "The former treatise (Luke's Gospel) have I made, O Theophilus, of all
that Jesus began both to do and to teach."
Hebrews opens with the words, "God, Who at sundry times and in divers manners
spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us
by His Son," and resumes again in the second chapter, "How shall we escape if we
neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord?" In
Rom. 15: 8 we read, "Now I say that Jesus Christ was minister of the circumcision for the