Education is like building a house. You lay a foundation and build up from there. My formal education started at Washington elementary in Pendleton Oregon. Mrs Anderson kindergarten teacher extraordinaire. The things I learned there I take with me everywhere.
As a Christian I also have an elementary education and foundation. It is what the rest of my faith is built on. The depth and strength of this base of knowledge will provide security and longevity to whatever is built on top of it.
“Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,[a] and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites,[b] the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.”
We don’t leave these behind, we build on them.
Why would someone walk away from Jesus? I’d like to do an exit interview of a modern Christian who left Jesus to find out.
It’s different for this group. The group that the writer of Hebrews was talking to was abandoning their faith and going back to Judaism or leaving all together. Why? Because they didn’t want to be tortured and killed. I understand that motivation. We see it today. Not here so much but the day is coming.
Hold on to Jesus.
“is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen[c] away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. 7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8 But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.
9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation. 10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”
We need to hold onto Jesus and support each other. We are the body of Christ and the body needs all of its parts. Let us hold on to Jesus and to each other to the end.
(Side note: I have dreams about the end times. Survival and faith seem to be the theme. I had one last night. I was in a concentration camp that was also an auto salvage place. My truck Rusty was not in the dream. I think the culmination of things is about here. It’s Just my thoughts and my dreams though. We know it’s nearer today than it was yesterday).