x125.........All teachers/repent from dead works

12* For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13* For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14* But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. 1* ¶ Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2* Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3* And this will we do, if God permit. (Hebrews 5:112-14, 6:1-3)


This area of scripture begins with the most interesting statement--

"For when for the time ye ought to be teachers,"

This is the King James' way of saying "that by this time all of you ought to be teachers"

The word "teacher" used above is the same Greek used as one of the 5 gifts of ministry described in ephesians 4--

didaskalos {did-as'-kal-os} n m

--- Master (Jesus) 40, teacher 10, master 7, doctor 1; 58

1) a teacher


The apostle Paul is saying that these people who have been believers for a time (but of course only a short time considering this is the early church!) should at least by this time all be able to be "teachers"--"didaskolos"--they all ought to at least be able to perform the first gift of ministry of teaching. It is interesting that he is saying that all of them ought to be teachers by now--not just some of them--not just the pastor who teaches---the word used here is all ought to be "teachers"

Now the word adds something interesting. It describes the fact that the church being written to is slow--they are not following after the leading of God to make progress and all minister the word--all function in their gift and anointing. The first principles of God are described--

1* ¶ Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

the foundation--the first principle of God is to repent from "dead works" and faith in God.

According to the New Testament Bible example--the repentance from dead works is meant to lead us immediately into Godly works--into serving God with the anointing which He has given us--the ministry He has given us all. Later in the book of Hebrews it is stated directly--

Hebrews 9:14* How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Our conscience (soul) is meant to be cleansed from dead works--(not serving God in our anointing)--in order that we can "serve" the living God...


the word "serve"

latreuo {lat-ryoo'-o} v

---- serve 16, worship 3, do the service 1, worshiper 1; 21

1) to serve for hire

2) to serve, minister to, either to the gods or men and used alike of slaves and freemen 2a) in the NT, to render religious service or homage, to worship 2b) to perform sacred services, to offer gifts, to worship God in the observance of the rites instituted for his worship 2b1) of priests, to officiate, to discharge the sacred office

This is again the same word associated with the "office" of ministry" which has for centuries been supposed to have been given only to a select few. Yet there it says that it is "the blood of Christ,"--the blood of "the anointed One and His anointing"--the blood and the anointing--which is sufficient to cleanse our souls that we may serve God--that we may minister unto Him in our gift and anointing.

We are also told in these passages that we should actively repent from dead works--(something I have never seen called out in an alter call!)--turn away from works (ergon--the operative word of ministry)--which are dead--which do not serve God--works which are not ministry to God. Be cleansed by the blood of the anointing--and simply serve God.

This certainly is not limited to only certain individuals or "some" people. The blood and the anointing are for all.