One of the most beautiful and meaningful hymns.
Just as I am, thou wilt receive, wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come…
Carl Middleton has a wonderful study on Hebrews 6:1-2 which he has titled “Leaving the Principles,” meaning, moving forward in the firm foundation we know and understand about the principles of our belief in Christ, but knowing that there is more, and we must seek it.
“The goal is to be like Christ, even though none have ever attained that goal completely.”
“It’s like trying to jump and touch the moon. Just because you might be able to jump six inches higher than someone else … don’t brag about it … you’re still so far from being able to touch the moon, it’s not worth sharing. But don’t stop, keep trying; just don’t talk about how close you think you are to it. The moon or perfection.”
“It’s kind of like being humble. When you think you are … you’re not.”
And then, look at this:
“If the Body of Christ, and I’m speaking of the New Testament Church, was to be built … then believers must not keep laying the foundation again and again. The foundation is important, but the idea is, that the cornerstone and the foundation were already laid … it’s now time to go on and build the building.”
Carl knows that I get testy about church’s, and I won’t explain that here, but how often do you think about the next steps your church is taking? That’s not Carl’s focus, that’s simply my question. His study is about each of us individually moving forward, taking with us what we know, eagerly seeking what we do not yet know. To do that, we have to admit there is more to know, and there will always be more to know. Principle upon Principle, Precept upon Precept.
I think you’ll be intrigued with Leaving the Principles. This is a study with great energy and whatever your situation, there is something there for you. Carl always makes me think. He has a very special gift. Read Leaving the Principles here.