Hebrews 6:1 (NLT) "So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don't need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God."
What exactly are these "basic teachings about Christ"? In contrast to maturity, the metaphor for "foundation" relates to the ABCs or basic truths. "The word (or instruction) of the beginning of Christ" is accurately translated as "the elementary teaching of Christ." It's reminiscent of the first presentation of the gospel, or salvation plan.
Some of his readers have identified with Christian believers to some level and claimed to be Christians, but there is no indication that these claims are true.
Christians are supposed to be among the audience. However, there are people who come who do not have a saving relationship with Christ, as there are in any congregation. Some scholars regard this as a hypothetical example to persuade sincere believers not to return to Judaism due to Christ's atoning sacrifice and the new covenant's superiority.
It is a mixed congregation of believers and unbelievers who look to be Christians on the outside but have never been spiritually regenerated. The harsh statements are directed at the unbelievers who are tempted to return to the Temple's Jewish customs. True believers will memorize the verses and concentrate their thoughts on Jesus, the author and finisher of their redemption.
In these first verses, notice the distinction between mature believers who want to advance in their Christian lives and others who are stuck. The author is not implying that Christians should scorn or reject Christianity's fundamental beliefs.
Every step of spiritual development starts with the basics. We never abandon them; rather, we become enamored with them. In the Christian life, there is no stopping point. As we gain more understanding and faith in Christ, we go from one level to the next.
"PRESS ON TO MATURITY"
"Let's be moved along" is not our personal effort, but "a personal surrender to an active influence," says B. F. Westcott.
The Holy Spirit is in charge of this. The divine passive, as the name implies, denotes God's involvement. The Holy Spirit pushes the reader forward. All things are being moved or carried on to God's eternal plan for them via Christ. We must step aside and allow Him to work in and through us for the glory of God. In order to be carried forward to perfection, the believer must make himself available to Christ. He is adamant about not repeating himself with his students. The true dynamic of spiritual development is the Holy Spirit.
"For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God" (Romans 8:14).
The word "maturity" or "perfection" comes from the Greek word teleios, which means "mature." Let's progress from spiritual babies to responsible grownups. Let's progress from milk to substantial spiritual nourishment. Let's move on from second to third graders.
Spiritual growth and advancement toward Christian maturity will be evidence of spiritual life. If there is no movement toward maturity, it is reasonable to question whether or not the Holy Spirit is there. The gospel seed will produce a harvest to the glory of God when it is sown in good soil. Where does Christ Jesus provide evidence of a healthy connection with God?
In the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the full revelation of God to man has been made. He is no longer shrouded in shadows and types as he was in the Old Testament revelation, but the complete glory of God is revealed in the person of His Son. Let us now progress to a mature faith in Jesus Christ, who has fulfilled all of the types.
"For God, who said, 'Light shall shine out of darkness,' is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:6).
The author does not mean "leaving" in the sense of rejecting the fundamental message, but rather moving on to maturity. Let's take it a step farther. Let us continue to build on the foundational concepts and progress toward Christlikeness. When we allow Christ's Melchizedek priesthood to function in our lives, we will reach spiritual maturity.