We should desire the sincere understanding of the word of God like a newborn desiresmilk. The ‘milk’ is a symbolic similitude for the word of God. It doesn’t make anydifference how long an individual has been studying the word of God, we shouldapproach the word of God as a little child, in other words we need to be teachable andhave an open mind. Let’s see what the apostle Paul wrote to the Hebrews of his time,who were the most learned people in the word of God.Hebrews 5:11-14
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered
, seeing yeare dull of hearing.12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you againwhich
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
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
.Paul shows us two levels of biblical understanding, milk & meat. When Paul wrote this itwas not divided into chapter and verse. If we will keep on reading into the sixth chapter he will tell us what ‘milk’ is.Hebrews 6:1-3 Therefore leaving
the principles of the doctrine of Christ
, let us go onunto perfection; not laying again
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 judgment.3 And this will we do, if God permit.Paul gives us a list of the six foundational doctrines of the Christian Faith. The first twoare repentance and faith, when we have repented and realize that God is a real person,where do we go from there? We learn the four major doctrines or drink ‘milk’ so we cangrow thereby. Paul called these things ‘the foundation’ they are the basic tenets of thefaith.Everyone that has been a Christian for a few years should be able to out of the bibleexplain these ‘things’.
notice it’s in the plural; there are three baptisms for the Christian. John theBaptist tells us what they are in.Matthew 3:11 I indeed (1.) baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that comethafter me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall (2) baptize youwith the Holy Ghost, (3) and with fire.
2. Laying on of hands
, who is to lay hands on whom, and for what purposes? In a senseI’m laying hands on you now.