Most people in Christendom are interested in their salvation, which they think is “going to heaven.” Millions think the foundation of their salvation includes going to church every Sunday morning and observing Christmas as Jesus’ birthday and Easter as His resurrection. Those of us in the Church of God know that these practices are not scriptural.
What is the foundation that we should have? Do you know that the Bible tells us plainly what our personal foundation is? And you might quote 1 Corinthians 3:11: “For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” And you would be correct. But that foundation of Christ is that no other can be a sacrifice for your sins.
The Bible also talks of the foundation of the Church of God: “now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners but fellowcitizens with the saints and of the household of God and are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:19-20). But what does this entail for you personally? We also have a personal foundation and we are to build on it.
“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ let us go on unto PERFECTION; not laying again a FOUNDATION OF REPENTANCE from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of BAPTISMS, and LAYING ON OF HANDS and of RESURRECTION of the dead and of ETERNAL JUDGMENT…” (Hebrews 6:1-2).
Our personal foundation has to be of repentance. One of the most common things many have to repent of is the breaking of Sabbath and Holy Days. Many had “dead works”—keeping Sunday, Halloween, Christmas, etc. In the days of my youth, keeping Christmas with my family did entail work. My dad would go out on our farm and cut down a cedar tree. We would drag it into our house and fix it with a base and decorate it with lights. Then, about the day after New Years, we would take down the now drying tree. It would leave a trail of cedar needles across the house as we drug it back outside and down to some ditch. Then there was cleaning up all the needles on the floor. This was just a sample of the dead works. Of course the dead works included breaking other of the commandments, too. Working on Saturdays was dead works—making us dead to God’s truth.
Notice how the foundation listed here in Hebrews 6:1-2 fits with the keeping of God’s days. The foundation laid by Christ was his sacrifice on Passover day, we could now be freed from past sins. Next comes the first day of Unleavened Bread. This pictures REPENTANCE by feeding on Jesus’ words, the Scriptures. Studying the Scriptures tells us what to repent of. Jesus is the Bread of Life, the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. The last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread can picture BAPTISM. Then comes Pentecost and LAYING ON OF HANDS to receive God’s Spirit. Then comes Trumpets and the RESURRECTION. The Feast of Tabernacles is when Christ and the saints will JUDGE the world in teaching and rule.
We who know these things, then, should not be having to go back to these basics, but pressing on to becoming perfect in our spirit that we might be accounted to be a part of “the city of the living God…the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven…and…the spirits of just men made PERFECT” (Hebrews 12:23). We are to be brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, members of the Awesome God Family!
Bill Hillebrenner is a retired mechanical engineer having worked in aerospace, robotics, and electronics manufacturing.