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Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in you salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:2,3

Welcome to the Pure Spiritual Milk blog, which is designed to be a systematic study for building a foundation for new believers in Christ, or even Christians who want to refresh their foundational knowledge, or as a tool to help them in a discipleship role.

Jesus said that the way to build a foundation (for your life) is to hear and obey his teachings.

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25

‘Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ….’ Hebrews 6:1

The first thing I must point out is that we never actually ‘leave behind’ the teachings of Jesus.
Matthew Henry says about ‘leaving’:
Here observe, In order to their growth, Christians must leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ. How must they leave them? They must not lose them, they must not despise them, they must not forget them. They must lay them up in their hearts, and lay them as the foundation of all their profession and expectation; but they must not rest and stay in them, they must not be always laying the foundation, they must go on, and build upon it. There must be a superstructure; for the foundation is laid on purpose to support the building.

‘Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ….’ Hebrews 6:1

The greek word for principles :
Thayer Definition:
1) beginning, origin
2) the person or thing that commences, the first person or thing in a series, the leader
3) that by which anything begins to be, the origin, the active cause
4) the extremity of a thing
4a) of the corners of a sail
5) the first place, principality, rule, magistracy
5a) of angels and demons

I found it interesting, the image of the corners of a sail with reference to the extremity of a thing. The main ‘real estate’ of a sail is what makes it catch the wind, but the corners of the sail are important to attach the sail to the mast.

If we relate that to the doctrine of Christ, we could see the doctrine as like a sail, which goes to the full extent to the corners.

A way of understanding  the verse could then be ‘Therefore, moving on and building upon the full extent of the teachings and sayings of Christ….

We need to look at the entire teaching of Christ, from one extent to the other, in order to understand the principles of the doctrine of Christ.  That is what this series of teachings aims to achieve. Covering broadly the whole teachings of Jesus. A study on ‘The Red Letters’

While I realise much of the writing is little more than organising  scripture, it is intended to provide an orderly way to study the teachings of Jesus for new believers.


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