Immaturity

So then, leaving the elementary teachings about Christ, we must advance toward maturity, not again laying a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God . . .

Hebrews 6:1ff is an instructive passage.  In it there is a strong encouragement to grow in the knowledge and experience of the more advanced doctrines of the Christian faith.  It is interesting to note that there are those today who want to linger with the elementary teachings of Christianity. Indeed, they insist that these are all we need to grow.  They tell us to keep on preaching the Gospel to ourselves, for instance. They believe by contemplating the Good News, we will be sanctified. The writer of Hebrews, on the contrary, would have us move on to other things as well. Obviously, he would not want us to ignore, or forget, the elementary truths of our faith, but neither would he wish us to linger with them, never going on to where we can handle more advanced ones.  There were things the writer couldn’t talk to his readers about because they were still babes in Christ, needing milk and not meat. The whole counsel of God was preached by Paul at Ephesus. It ought to be preached in our churches today. Unless we teach all of the word, instead of merely touting the idea of a Gospel-orientation to all we teach, we will fail to urge our people to “leave the elementary teachings.”

Think about this if you are the member of a church that fails to urge you to advance in your knowledge and life for the Lord. To be caught in such a trap can be dangerous to your spiritual growth. It may seem (and sound) spiritual to say that I will grow by preaching the gospel to myself every day, compare that idea with the text before us in Hebrews 6!

2 thoughts on “Immaturity

  1. The context of Hebrews 6:1 is about how we need to move beyond rehearsing the basics of the gospel to applying the basics to the whole of Scripture and seeing Christ everywhere, including in Melchizadek. The immature are those who need to rebuild the basics and are therefore incapable of applying them hermeneutically to the whole Bible and to all of life.

  2. Not “one or the other,” but “both and.” Rom 1:9-15. Thank you for the edification, brother. May those who feed the adopted children of God not withhold from them the meat. How dreadful it would be to meet their Father, having so deprived His children!