Elementary Teachings and Perfection


Main reference: Heb 6 (1 Cor 13, Jn 16:25, Hos 4:6, Rv 1 ~ 22)

What is an elementary teaching? What is perfection?

At the first coming of Jesus, the law of Moses was the elementary teaching, and at the second coming of Jesus, the work of Jesus’ first coming is the elementary teaching.

Then, what is perfection?

Heb 6:1-3 (NKJV)
“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.”

God said in Ps 78:2-4, “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter hidden things, things from of old,” to tell the next generation. At the appointed time, God came to the true pastor (Jesus) He had promised about and spoke in parables (Mt 13:34-35). After speaking in parables, Jesus said that he will speak plainly about the Father when the time comes (Jn 16:25).

An elementary principle is an elementary teaching given to the people to make known what will come next. Jesus spoke in parables to hide things (Mt 13:10-15, Lk 8:10), but the time when he speaks of them plainly is the time when he speaks of what is perfect.

The words recorded in the Bible can largely be categorized into four parts, which are history, moral teachings, prophecy, and fulfillment. A prophecy is a promise made between God and man. Even if one keeps the commandments found in history and moral teachings, he would not be able to keep what has been fulfilled if he does not know the meaning of the prophecy (promise). This is why one must know the prophecies and their fulfillment.

The amount of knowledge at the time of Adam, which was the time of God’s creation, was different from the amount of knowledge at the time of Moses. The amount of knowledge at Jesus’ first coming was also different from the amount of knowledge at the time of Jesus’ second coming. The cultures of each era also differed from one another. Just as an elementary teaching is taught in elementary school and an advanced teaching in college, the elementary teachings of the Way are taught before the perfect teachings. History and moral teachings are examples of elementary teachings, for everyone is required to keep them. Also, Jesus fulfilled the promises of the Old Testament at the first coming (Jn 19:30). As described in Ezekiel 3, he received and ate the open scroll (Ez 2:9-10, Revelation) and fulfilled it. However, even this too can be seen as an elementary teaching that will guide the people of today into believing when the Book of Revelation of the New Testament is fulfilled.

The Old and the New Testaments are different and the levels of their meanings are also different. The fulfillment of the Old Testament was the sowing of the promised seed by Jesus (Jer 31:27, Mt 13:24-25), and the fulfillment of the New Testament is the creation of the new kingdom by harvesting the fruits of the seed that was sown (Mt 13:30, Rv 14:14-16, Rv 7). Which one is the elementary teaching and which one is the perfection?

Apostle Paul, who once boasted that he was faultless in regards to the law and second to none in knowledge (Phil 3:5-6), said in 1 Cor 13:9-10, “For we know in part and prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.” Perfection is not vague like a poor reflection in a mirror, but it is like seeing face to face—it is seeing the actual appearance of the physical entities that were promised. This is perfection (1 Cor 13:12).

Paul also said that one can become a son of God, an heir, through the faith that is to be revealed—not the law (Gal 3:23-29). In contrast to the revelation at the first coming of Jesus, which appeared as a physical fulfillment of Ezekiel 3, the revelation of Jesus Christ that is fulfilled at the second coming (Book of Revelation) is the revelation that fulfills a perfect purpose. Believing in this revelation at the second coming is having the greater faith, the faith in the perfect and complete revelation. It does not ask us to keep only the elementary teachings on how to live kind and gentle lives, because it is the revelation that recreates the new kingdom and people to start a new era that fulfills God’s will. It creates the new era of perfection when the world of Satan is brought to an end and the era where God’s reign begins.

The Book of Revelation is more powerful than what Apostle Paul had spoken of. Everything before the fulfillment of Revelation was an elementary teaching, which was like a dim faith seen through a thick fog. However, the faith at the time of Revelation’s fulfillment is the perfect faith. We must remember the words in Heb 6:1-3. The believers in the current era are carrying out their lives of faith by “laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instructions about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment,” which are the elementary principles. Yet they are mistaken in thinking that their faith is true and perfect.

The true purpose of God’s work for the past 6,000 years was to fulfill the book of Revelation, His promise. The time of the fulfillment of Revelation is the era of God’s reign as He brings the era of the dragon to its end, and it is the time of the establishment of the new kingdom and new people. This is why it is clearly written that if anyone adds or takes away from Revelation, he will not enter the kingdom of heaven, but will receive curses (plagues) (Rv 22:18-19).

The official name of Shincheonji is “Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony.” The name “Shincheonji” comes from “the new heaven and the new earth,” the promise in Rv 21. “Church of Jesus” means that it is a denomination that believes and follows the instructions (teachings) of Jesus. “The Tabernacle of the Testimony” means that it is a tabernacle that testifies about the fulfillment of the events of Revelation, and the “Temple” means that it is the holy house where God is dwelling. This is the place where all nations will come and worship (Rv 15:4-5). Because it appeared as a fulfillment according to the promise God had made through Jesus 2,000 years ago, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony is the place of perfection and not of the elementary principles of the Way. The members are those who overcame the group of the dragon (Satan) with the blood of Jesus and truth (Rv 12:10-11). They are the twelve tribes that have been harvested and sealed (Rv 7, 14).

Whoever does not believe in this, but opposes it will not be saved and will go to the fires of hell, but those who believe will be saved and will live together in heaven with God, Jesus, and the spirits of the martyrs. This is how the promise of the Bible is accomplished.