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First Principles

The original Greek word of the Scriptures (pronounced) stoy-key-on means fundamental order, as in the basis from which something is/was created or exists. It's translated variously into English as elements, rudiments, or first principles. The King James Version uses all three.

First Principles

Earth Paul explained that converted Christians (see Christian Living) remain flesh and blood humans, in bondage to the carnal and sinful "elements" of the world (for why, see Who Still Rules The World Today?), as he starkly admitted for himself:

"For we know that the Law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin ... For I delight in the Law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members." (Romans 7:14,22-23 KJV).

Paul "delighted" in the Law of God, he never abandoned it (see Paul's Ministry and What Law Was "Nailed To The Cross"?). Paul never taught the Satanic doctrine that Christians are not subject to obeying the holy and righteous Law of God - Satan likes nothing more than for people, especially Christian-professing people, to be as self-worshipping rebellious against obeying God's Law as he is! Nor did Paul commit blasphemy by calling the Law of God "weak and beggarly elements" (see below). By that he was referring to their own man-made religious traditions, just as Jesus Christ rebuked people for the same thing:

"Why do ye also transgress the Commandment of God by your tradition? ... But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." (Matthew 15:3,9 KJV)

Paul used the Greek word stoy-key-on twice below, translated as "elements," to describe how all humans remain sinners who are forgiven if they repent by obeying God (see "Works" Means Obedience):

"Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world [see Mortals]: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption [see Spiritual Adoption] of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father."

"Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?" (Galatians 4:3-9 KJV)

Paul repeated the same points to the Colossians, practically repeating Christ's own words from Matthew 15:3,9 above, using the same Greek word stoy-key-on, which is here translated as "rudiments":

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." (Colossians 2:8-9 KJV)

Paul again repeats the same "the commandments and doctrines of men," which are not the Commandments and doctrines of God, using the Greek word stoy-key-on translated as "rudiments":

"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."

"Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God."

"Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using; after the commandments and doctrines of men?" (Colossians 2:16-22 KJV)

Paul encouraged the recently converted Jews to recognize the long-awaited Messiah and stop viewing the "first principles," the preparations, and the traditions that they added to them, for His coming as an end in itself:

"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. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe." [see Babes]

"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. 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" (Hebrews 5:12-6:1 KJV)

Peter also used the Greek word stoy-key-on to warn that the time will come when all will face Judgment (see When Will You Be Judged?). The righteous from all ages will be transformed to eternal spirit, the wicked from all ages will be obliterated in the fire that will purify the earth, during which all of the "elements" (stoy-key-on) will be melted and burned by means of the same elements as it was created - including Hydrogen (see also The First Scientist). That includes not just the unrighteous, but the self-righteous (see I Did It My Way...)

"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men."

"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." [see Planet On Fire!]

"Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?" (2 Peter 3:3-12 KJV)

Fact Finder: Does the Word of God plainly say that faith without works (i.e. obedience to God) is a dead faith?
James 2:24,26

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