7 Fundamental Doctrines
Heb. 6:1-3 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Messiah, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward Elohim, 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 6:3 And this will we do if Elohim permit.
- Repentance from dead works
- Faith towards Yahweh
- Water baptism
- Baptism of the Spirit
- Laying on of hands
- Resurrection of the dead
- Eternal judgment.
What is repentance?
- Repentance is a change of attitude, mind and actions. Repentance is toward Elohim, sincerely asking Him to forgive our sins and then determining, with Elohim’s help, to change the direction of our life. Those who repent come to a place in life where they recognize their personal sins and understand that Messiah died so that those sins can be forgiven. They ask Elohim to forgive those sins and are baptized in water.
Yahweh’s accepted works
Matt 5:16 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
- Good works
- Such works are the result of faith (convictions) and putting the 10 Commandments into action in our lives.
- Good works produced by Yah’s Spirit in us are
- Fruits of the Spirit love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control”
Galatians 5:22-23. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
- Unacceptable works are actions that Yah does not accept. They are deeds that break His law.
- Paul uses the term “works of the flesh” to define unacceptable works: “Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like” (Galatians 5:19-21).
- These actions are the carnal thoughts and actions of the flesh.
- Paul also uses the word works to correct those who believed they could be justified by their actions.
- Paul shows that obedience to ritual law or, for that matter, any law could not make them upright before Yahweh.
- Paul uses the phrase “works of the law” to describe such attitudes and actions. He explains that the only way to be
- justified (forgiven of sins so one may be upright before Yahweh) is by faith in the sacrifice of Messiah. Only the blood of Messiah can remove sins—obedience to law cannot do that.
- Clark’s Commentary defines dead works as “such works as deserve death—works of those who were dead in trespasses, and dead in sins, and dead by sentence of the law, because they had by these works broken the law”
- • Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death.”
- The apostle John defines sin: “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4).
- Sin is breaking Yah’s Law and the penalty is everlasting death if the sinner refuses to repent of the sins.
- Paul writes, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of Yah” (Romans 3:23).
1 John 1:8-10). “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us”
- Therefore, due to sin, everyone has “dead works” that must be repented of and forgiven by Yah