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First Principles

First principles are those instructions found in the word of God. They are the first and earliest instructions given by God and they have never changed because they are perfect. As for God is way is perfect and we cannot improve on perfection. The Christian can see in these first principles guidance and instruction for their path of service as they seek to fill their position in the one body of Christ.

As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

Psalm 18:30    KJV

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.

Hebrews 5:21   KJV

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psalm 119:105   KJV

Thy Word, O Lord, Thy precious Word alone,

Thy Word, O Lord, Thy precious Word alone,
Can lead me on;
By this, until the darksome night be gone,
Lead Thou me on!
Thy Word is light, Thy Word is life and power;
By it, oh, guide me in each trying hour.

Whate’er my path, led by the Word, ’tis good,
Oh, lead me on!
Be my poor heart Thy blessèd Word’s abode,
Lead Thou me on!
Thy Holy Spirit gives the light to see,
And leads me to Thy Word, close following Thee.

Led by aught else, I tread a devious way,
Oh, lead me on!
Speak, Lord, and help me ever to obey,
Lead Thou me on!
My every step shall then be well defined,
And all I do according to Thy mind.

Albert Midlane (1825-1909)