Principles of the Doctrine

  Disagreement exists as to what is meant by the "principles of the doctrine" in Hebrews 6: 1. Some say it refers to the first principles of the gospel while others say it refers to the Jewish system that was typical of the faith. There is an element of truth either way and I have leaned toward the former.

  Whatever view one takes (and both are not right) the theme under consideration is the same. The admonition is to leave former things and press to something more of greater maturity in Christ. The call is to "go on unto perfection," completion, wholeness, spiritual growth and maturity. The writer is urging spiritual progress.

  Growth will prevent apostasy. The warning of apostasy is one of the prime themes of the book of Hebrews. On this there is no dispute.