Principles of the Doctrine of Christ

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Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: (Psalm 127:1)

Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures,

 The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner:

this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? (Matthew 21:42)

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, 

an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (I Peter 2:5)

But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, 

if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. (Hebrews 3:6)

God's house is His temple. His temple is the place where He resides and presently He resides in His body - the Church. God has the responsibility of building His house or else we will labor in vain trying to build something that cannot be made with human hands. The foundation of this house is the stone which the "builders" rejected. Jesus is the foundation of the house of God, and it was His purposeful doing that made this possible. 

This house is built upon the principles of the doctrine of Christ. God uses His church, the body of Christ, as the tools and instruments to raise up the pillars, walls and roof of His house. We, by the anointing of Christ, must make sure that those in the kingdom have a confident understanding of obtaining eternal life through repentance and the born again experience of the water and the Spirit (John 3:5). This must be done so that their connection to the foundation is stable, solid and secure in order to grow in an upward direction. The 6 principles of the doctrine of Christ are found in Hebrews 6:1,2:

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

We want to take this time to explain and expound on the significance of entering into the New Covenant established by Jesus Christ. This is where we seek the understanding and importance of what we, and many early believers starting  in the 1st century to the present day, partook in through faithful and blind obedience to the gospel preached by Jewish apostles. The apostles were commanded by Jesus, through the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:2), to preach the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They knew of and expected only one valid response to that gospel – repent (death), be baptized in the name of Jesus (death & burial), and take the Holy Spirit (resurrection).

The word “principles” is translated from the Greek word arche {ar-khay’} which means the beginning or origin. So, in essence, this Hebrews reference is listing the beginnings or origins of the doctrine of Christ and they are listed as follows:

1. Repentance from Dead Works

2. Faith toward God

3. Baptisms

4. Laying on of hands

5. Resurrection of the Dead

6. Eternal Judgment (audio)

Ephesians 4:13 - Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

I John 4:17 - ...because as he is, so are we in this world.

All scriptures are taken from the KJV.

Repentance from Dead Works ] Faith Toward God ] Baptisms ] Laying on of Hands ] Resurrection of the Dead ] Eternal Judgment ]


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Last Updated: 04/27/2012