Main reference: Heb 6 (core point)
What are the elementary teachings, and what is maturity?
In Hebrews 1, Apostle Paul explained about the son of God and the ministering angels. In chapter 2, he spoke about the grace of Jesus and the death he suffered for everyone. In chapter 3, he talked about Jesus’ loyalty and his filial piety to the Father, and about our duty to believe. He also talked about the Israelites (who came out of Egypt) as an example and warning for us, stating that they didn’t fulfill their hope because of their unbelief and disobedience, and died. In chapter 4, he talked about the seventh day Sabbath. He made known that because people didn’t obey, God set again ‘a certain day’, meaning that a Sabbath-rest remains. In chapter 5, he mentioned that Jesus offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death. He also mentioned about ‘the elementary teachings’ and ‘maturity’, bringing us to our main reference. Let’s perceive what the elementary teachings and maturity refer to, and through belief and obedience, attain salvation.
Paul pointed out six elementary teachings in the life of a believer (Heb 6:1-2). The elementary teachings that we should leave are about ① repentance from acts that lead to death, ② faith in God, ③ baptisms, ④ the laying on of hands, ⑤ the resurrection of the dead, and 6 eternal judgment. Paul said that we should not lay these foundations again, but go on to maturity.
In Hebrews 5:10-14, Paul said, “Though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food. Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” He is correct. Anyone who eats solid food can never like or drink milk again.
Paul not only said this, but also in 1 Corinthians 13:9-12, he said, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears…. Then I shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” Paul, like Jesus, preached the revelation (Gal 1:11-12).
The six elementary teachings mentioned above are just moral teachings and formalities that are needed at first to ultimately point to salvation. ‘I repented. I have faith. I am a baptized Christian. A pastor (or elder or assistant pastor) laid his hand on me to bless me. I will live again through resurrection. There will be judgment.’ Such are merely formalities, having nothing to do with faith in God’s word. According to the revealed word of the Old Testament, the Law of Moses was elementary; and according to the revealed word of the New Testament, the revealed word of the First Coming was elementary.
Believers’ should not regard their hope and objective fulfilled by having the recorded prophecies of the New Testament. Neither should we desire the six formalities mentioned above. What we desire are the physical entities of the prophecies, and that at this time (when the physical entities appear), I myself enter into heaven and eternal life. If one truly desires this, then the prophecies of the New Testament must be fulfilled, one must perceive it, and meet the qualifications to be saved.
If the elementary teaching is to believe the prophecies, maturity is to believe the physical entities of the prophecies. The physical entities of Revelation are the betrayers, the destroyers, and the savior. These three entities are the three mysteries of the New Testament. If one doesn’t know this, one’s faith will come to nothing, even if one followed the six elementary teachings.
Paul said that regardless of how long one’s life of faith had been, one who follows elementary truths must be taught (more). At the First Coming, they were taught by Jesus. At the Second Coming, we should be taught by the New John who received the revelation (Rv 10). This is maturity. One cannot be saved with elementary teachings.
♥ The conclusion about the elementary teaching about Christ that we should leave
The Law (a tutor) and the prophecy (refer to Gal 3:23-25, NASB); the bread and the wine for remembrance (refer to Lk 22:19-20), are all formalities in the life of a believer; going on to the revelation of the physical fulfillment is going on to maturity. The revelation of the New Testament is being testified by Shinchonji, Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony. We testify the five “W’s” and one “H” of the physical fulfillment of Revelation as according to the recorded prophecies.
Those who do not seek to come here even after hearing of this are believers who are stuck in the elementary truths. They are the reality of those don’t believe when the prophecies are being fulfilled. Let us attain salvation by seeing and believing the physical entities of the prophecies.
Revelation 6 and 7 shows the end of one age and the coming of another. Believers must be a part of the coming age (the new heaven), not the one that passes away (the first heaven). This is God’s true will. I pray that everyone would become a citizen of heaven and a part of the promised kingdom, Shinchonji’s twelve tribes.