If the writer to the Hebrews were living today, I wonder what he would write to most of our churches. So few of us know anything about the first principles, let alone the solid food of God’s Word! The first principles are listed for us in Hebrews 6:1, 2:
- The foundation of Repentance from dead works
- Faith towards God
- Doctrine of baptisms
- Laying on of hands
- Resurrection of the dead
- Eternal judgment
From these we are exhorted to go on unto:
- “Perfection” (maturity)
(This list is taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.)
Do you know about these fundamental principles of the doctrine of Christ? We must leave this blessed study for another time and place. However, notice particularly what is written about repentance “Laying … the foundation of repentance” (Heb 6:1). It is established that repentance is the first part of the foundation for the Christian life.
REPENT – OR PERISH
We are living in the last of the Last Days. The signs of the end times given us in the Bible are being fulfilled at an alarming rate.
Jesus is coming again in power and great glory “to judge the living and the dead” (1 Pet 4:5). No one will escape that judgment. Every one of us will be there. “For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ” (Rom 14:10). By what standard shall we be judged? By whether we have repented or not, and by the standard of Jesus Christ. Our lives will be compared to His life, and we will be judged according to the measure we have allowed Him to live His life in us. The Bible warns us: “God… now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man [Jesus] Whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead “(Acts 17:30, 31).
Do you have that assurance that you are ready to stand before Him on Judgment Day? If not, then now is the time for you to repent from your sins, and accept the Lord Jesus Christ into your life. The Bible commandment is “now”‘
There is only one alternative to repentance – the awful judgment of God. For Jesus warns us, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:5).