Steak vs. Milk

Sunday, April 26, 2009

We had Rev Dr Chew Tow Yow with us again this Sunday and SH commented after being handed the bulletin and sermon notes (we only get sermon notes when Rev Dr Chew preach) that we’ll have “steak” today which was quite a timely mention because Rev Dr Chew’s sermon today was about going on to maturity and weaning off milk.

Hebrews 5:11-6:12 (ESV)
About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.

For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they then fall away, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.

Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things- things that belong to salvation. For God is not so unjust as to overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.


What caught me in this passage was this “…you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God … let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation … (1) of repentance from dead works … (2) of faith toward God … (3) of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.”

So according to the author of Hebrews—repentance, faith and works(?), i.e. baptism, laying of hands, resurrection and eternal judgment—are just the basics. The sad fact is that most of us have not even laid this foundation in our lives, or have we?

pearlie

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2 comment(s)

  1. Hmm...you believe Paul wrote Hebrews....interesting!

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  2. Oops.. Haha.. When I read your comment, I went "where got?" But I did! Heheh ... Just like what you did with Peter but I am no Paul-scholar, so why did I do it?

    I better make the correction.

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