The LORD GOD, JESUS Christ Is Saying, Let Us Press On to Spiritual Maturity In 2020 As HIS Sons And Daughters.

Written & Shared By Apostle James R, Winfree Sr.
Hebrews 1: 1-5
Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of instruction about washings, and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And this we shall do if God permits.

And so it comes like in our faces truth, when we read in verse 3, "This we shall do if God permits." What?! If God permits! What is this if? Does it mean God possibly may not permit our pressing on to maturity? "Let us press on to maturity as God's sons and daughters in the faith in 2020 . . . And this we will do if God permits." Last year most of you here on social media follow me and the Lord's ministry that He placed on and in my life and saw and read the many biblical truths and confirmation words, He allowed me to share with His Beloved chosen Believers in Christ. So maybe this bible truth will wake you up. "I call you to grow and press on to maturity God's Church. And you will if God permits in Christ Jesus."

I hope the Churches and its Leaders wake up at these words and trembled. I hope that these words grab you as well as my brothers and my sisters in the household of faith. I want us to get inside these words this morning. There is a 2020 clear vision of God here, a great, sovereign, all-governing God in the Person Christ Jesus whom we need very much to see and believe and rest in.

First, let's clarify what it is that he may permit or may not permit. Take the word "This" in verse 3: "This we shall do if God permits." What is the writer referring to? He just said three things in verse 1.

Leave the elementary teaching about Christ.
Press on to maturity as God's chose and loved children.
Don't lay foundations again.
Teaching the Basics and Laying a Foundation And Ministry Is Only For Preachers With Religious Buildings.
( When you are supporting each other in the faith, then and only then, you are supporting Christ Church )
Now there's a question we have to ask here. Something doesn't seem to fit. Look back at Hebrews 5:12, "Though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God." The question is: how does this fit together with Hebrews 6:1 where it says, "Leave the elementary teachings and don't lay a foundation again." One seems to say you need to be taught the basics again (5:12), and the other seems to say you should not lay that foundation again (6:1). Well, does he or doesn't he want them to lay a foundation of basics again?

the answer is: 5:12 says we need teaching about the basics; 6:1 says we should not lay the foundation of the basics again. So evidently there is a difference between the teaching that we need in 5:12 and the laying again of a foundation in 6:1. One we need and one we don't. What's the difference?

the teaching we need about the basics ( 5:12 ) is how to use these basics for Christ's sake to press on to maturity. But laying a foundation again implies that we are losing sight of the basics about Christ and are beginning to occupy ourselves with Old Testament and Jewish beliefs that were used as the foundation for presenting and understanding Christ. And the writer doesn't want them to go that far back, keeping Moses commandments, giving the old covenant way that was for the Hebrew people only, giving and paying the tithes and the building of religious buildings many calls God's house. the living in Christ Jesus is His temple!!!.

Let me explain. In this writer's mind, laying a foundation for the understanding of Christ is different from teaching about how to live in Christ on the basis of that foundation. The foundation he has in mind is described in 6:1–2. The striking thing about this list is that it is not distinctively Christ Believers. It is made up of foundational Old Testament and Jewish beliefs and practices that the readers probably built on when they were converted. The list of three here:

One: "repentance from dead works and of faith toward God" (verse. 1);
Two: "instruction about washings, and laying on of hands";
Three: "the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment" (verse. 2).
All these are common Old Testament beliefs or current practices among the Jews. When these readers were evangelized and converted, these things, it seems, had been made foundational as a way of helping them understand the work of Christ. Christ is the goal and fulfillment of all these things. So when verse 1 says they should leave the "Elementary teachings about Christ (or literally: "the word of the beginning of Christ"), what it means is that we should not occupy ourselves so much with the pre-Christian foundational preparations for Christ that they neglect the glory of the gospel and how to use it to grow into maturity and holiness.

That's what we should not do. But what, then, does 5:12 mean when it says that we do need "someone to teach us the elementary principles of the oracles of God"? How is that different from laying this foundation again, which we should not do? the answer is that the teaching we do need in 5:12 is how to use the basics about Christ to press on to maturity and stop paying Ministers and others to do what you should be doing.

In other words, it's what we saw last year from 5:14, they need to learn how to take the milk, the basic truths of the gospel, and practice how to grow with them. The need is not to rebuild foundational facts, but to stand on them and live by them. We need to learn how you take basic gospel truth about Christ and use it to become discerning people about good and evil so that we attain the holiness without which we will not see the Lord ( 12:14 ).

Their problem is not lack of foundational knowledge, but lack of fruitfulness in life. Look at 6:7–8. Here is a description of the problem in a word picture: Today's Pastors and Churches Leaders Love religious Babies and People because they never grow up, and need Preachers to feed them, while at the very same time making their bank accounts richer with your money and robbing you of your time which you will never get back. SMH!U!!!

For ground that refers to the readers that drink the rain which often falls upon it that refers to the truth they have been hearing] and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; 8 but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned.

Here's the issue: has the rain that is, the milk of the Word, produced thorns and thistles or has it produced useful vegetation? In other words, have the readers learned how to use the Word of Christ the milk to become discerning between good and evil, or have they been preoccupied with verbal foundation repair and missed the practical point that God's sons and daughters, Christ Church is about the moral and spiritual transformation of life?

The writer is hopeful. Verse 9: "Beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you." They've been dull of hearing and careless in part. But it's not too late. There's hope. But he is not cavalier or absolutely sure what the outcome will be for them. He wants them to be diligent to have the full assurance of hope (6:11) and the faith and patience and holiness that inherits the promises ( 6:12; 12:14 ). But he does not say it's automatic. He urges them on.

Verse 1: "Let us press on to maturity as His sons and His daughters!" And the writer adds the great qualifier in verse 3: "This we will do if God permits."

If God Permits, God Gave His Spiritual Gifts To Men, In Order That We May Serve His Church, Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, And Teachers & Other Ministering Gifts. ( God's Gifts Are Not For The World Or Sinners )
Now let's focus on the implications of those few powerful words: "This we will do if God permits." We will press on to maturity if God permits.

Here are five implications of these words. And this is what it means for God to be God and that we are not God.

1. Christ Jesus governs the progress of sanctification or maturity.

In other words, he has the final say in whether we overcome our bent to sinning and make progress toward maturity. We will press on to maturity if God permits it. That is, we will make progress in our sanctification and holiness if God permits it. He decides ultimately if and how fast we advance in holiness.

For example, look at Hebrews 13:20–21,

Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Either God works in us what is pleasing in his sight or he doesn't. That is, either he permits our progress toward maturity or it doesn't happen. He governs the progress of sanctification.

Another example is from Hebrews 12:16–17 where the writer tells about Esau who squandered his birthright and his blessing and then tried to repent and couldn't.

Let there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that even afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it repentance] with tears.

Esau was rejected. he had so profaned the grace of God that he was no longer able to repent even though he wept and looked like he was sincere. God had forsaken him utterly and there was no more patience. This is the precious and terrible warning behind the words, "We will press on to maturity if God permits." Beware of being like Esau, He says. God governs the progress of sanctification, and the Lord is not obliged to grant repentance to anyone. Which leads to the second implication of the words " . . . if God permits."

2. Permitting us to advance to maturity is all grace, and not permitting it is righteous judgment.

We are by nature rebellious against God and guilty for it because of Adam's sin. God does not owe any of us the grace to conquer our rebellion. If God leaves us in our rebellion, He is righteous and just to do so. He owes us nothing. We are rebels by nature and deserve only punishment, not rescue. If you are saved this morning, it is all of grace. And if you persevere and make progress toward maturity, it is all of grace. "This we will do if God permits." And if our heavenly Father chooses not to permit it, He is not hindering our goodwill, He gave His ministers to the Church to serve the Church in growing up spiritually. If we have goodwill toward God, this is the work of grace and we will make progress. And we should tremble with gratitude.

3. God sometimes wills that something come to pass which he forbids us to bring to pass.

That is, He sometimes decrees what He forbids. In this case, for example, He may not permit someone to press on to maturity. Nevertheless, He commands us to press on to maturity. So He is decreeing immaturity while commanding maturity.

The clearest illustration of this in biblical history is God's plan for the death of Jesus. God forbids murder: "Thou shalt not murder ( Kill )" ( Exodus 20:13 ). And He decrees that His Son be murdered, killed. Acts 4:27–28:

Truly in this city, there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You have anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Their hands and Their purpose predestined to occur.

What Herod and Pilate and the Roman soldiers and the crowds shouting, "Crucify Him," did was all predestined to occur by God, and it was all sin. This God sometimes forbids what He decrees: He forbids murder, and He decrees the killing of His Son for the Salvation of His people and the world.

This does not mean that God is a sinner because there is a difference between sinning and choosing for wise and holy purposes that sin be. The cross of Christ is the clearest place for seeing this mystery. There are infinitely wise and holy reasons for willing that His Son is sinfully killed. And in the same way, there are wise and holy reasons for why He might not permit someone to press on to maturity.

4. Nevertheless, it is our duty and our delight to press on to maturity as Christ Church.

This whole book is written as an incentive and helps to press on to the holiness without which we will not see the Lord. God's sovereignty in sanctification does not remove our obligation. It enables it. "Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is at work in you to will and to do His good pleasure" ( Philippians 2:12–13 ). God's sovereign work in us is our only hope that we will press on to maturity as His people.

5. Finally, God's absolute sovereignty is a sweet place to rest.

This writer is bending every effort to help these Believing Hebrews persevere in faith ( 6:12 ) and hold fast to their confession ( 4:14 ) and fight the evil heart of unbelief ( 3:12 ) and pursue the holiness without which they will not see the Lord ( 12:14 ). He warns and argues and pleads. And the writer is hopeful that God is at work in them, as the writer says down in verse 9. But that is not finally where he rests.

His final place of rest is the sovereignty of God. And Christ commends this resting place to you. He is doing all to do. And Yeshua is calling us today to loving action. But in the end at our beginning with the Lord, Jesus will look at us and says, "Well done My sons and My daughters, His faithful servants well done...concerning our perseverance and maturity here on earth in His Church family." We rest in God's sovereignty in Christ: "This we will do if God permits us as His very own."

Come to Jesus Christ this morning in 2020 and put your faith in His sovereign love and grace and mercy. It is the sweetest, safest resting place in His arms. Amen Church, God's sons, and daughters, Yeshua's brothers and His sisters in His Kingdom.

Apostle James R, Winfree, Sr.