do you know the first lessons about Christ?

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to 
maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith 
in God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands,the resurrection of the dead, 
and.eternal judgment. Hebrews 6:1-2 (NIV)

Here is the same verse as stated in the Living Bible....
"Let us stop going over the same old ground again and again, always teaching those first lessons 
about Christ. Let us go on to other things and become mature in our understanding, as strong 
Christians ought to be. Surely we don't need to speak further about the foolishness of trying to 
be saved by being good, or about the necessity of faith in God; you don't need further instruction 
about baptism and spiritual gifts and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment." 
(Hebrews 6:1-2)

According to these verses the foundation of Christianity, the basis of 
what every Christian ought to understand are as follows....

1)  works do not save us--it is foolish to believe we can be saved by being good--
"Surely we don't need to speak further about the foolishness of trying to be 
saved by being good,"

2)  faith is an absolute necessity--we are saved by faith in Jesus--and receive 
everything from God by faith--"the necessity of faith in God;"

3) Baptisms--water baptism is an outward expression of the inward change that 
happens when we are born again--but it says baptisms--("the doctrine 
of baptisms") there is baptism of the Holy Ghost....

"Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed 
baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost." 
(Acts 11:16)

"For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy 
Ghost not many days hence." (Acts 1:5)

Have you been baptized with the Holy Ghost? Listen, its like every other 
spiritual gift--if you can't answer yes then you just don't have it yet. You 
know what I mean, if someone asks you-- Are you born again?-- If you can't 
say yes--you're not! But just like everything from God--it is received by faith 
by acceptance -- ask and ye shall receive!

4)  Laying on of hands--or spiritual gifts--are also considered by the Bible to be one of the 
first lessons we need to understand and practice..... 

"they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Matthew 16:18)

"Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy 
Ghost." (Acts 8:19)

Now perhaps many of you have been taught that laying hands just means to touch someone 
- well if we look carefully at the words "lay hands" there are times when it is used to mean just 
that.."But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him 
for a prophet." (Matthew 21:46)

However, when we look at the Greek we find that there are two different words translated as hand. In a verse such 
as the one above it has the same meaning as our English word for hand. But when hand is used in the verses which 
refer to healing and receiving the Holy Ghost, this is the definition of the word-----

Hand cheir {khire}

1) by the help or agency of any one, by means of any one
2) fig. applied to God symbolizing his might, activity, power
2a) in creating the universe
2b) in upholding and preserving (God is present protecting and aiding one) 
     ...... in determining and controlling the destinies of men

This type of laying on of hands is referring to the hand of God touching someone at the point of receiving healing or the 
power of the Holy Spirit. We can very easily see that this should be an important part of every Christians life!

This fourth lesson also includes the Spiritual gifts....(refer to 1 Corinthians chapter 12).. which are (among others), praying in 
tongues, working of miracles, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, healing etc.

Remember, these are the first lessons of Christ!

5)  The resurrection of the dead and eternal judgement

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, 
at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this 
corruptible must put on incorruptibly, and this mortal must put on immortality." (1 Corinthians 15:51-53)

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Oh brother is there a lot of confusion about this issue! Listen, its really very simple! At some point (I believe at the beginning of the 7 year tribulation period) a trumpet will sound and if you are alive and you are a born again believer you will be taken up bodily to heaven. Everyone who \was a born again believer and has died (their spirit and soul are already in heaven) will have their physical body resurrected and joined up with their eternal spirit and soul in heaven. The important thing to know is that its a good thing! We are supposed to be comforting one another with this knowledge instead of arguing about it !

"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

So, do we live out these basic principles? Do we really understand our first lessons? Or do we need to go back to the drawing board and get back to basics? God would like us to have these basics firmly in our heart--and He promises to lead us on to even greater things!

Source: Seeds Christian Tracts, NY 14435 USA