The Preeminence Of Christ – Part 10
Peter’s advice to believers is that we must be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why we believe and live the way we do (1 Peter 3 v 15).
This advice requires that we be able to rightly divide the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2 v 15). We shouldn’t remain baby Christians.
Hebrews 5 v 12 says, “There has been enough time for you to be teachers — yet you still need someone to teach you the FIRST LESSONS of God’s message. Instead of eating SOLID FOOD, you still have to DRINK MILK.”
This is simply saying these people were so carnal that they were hindered from seeing and hearing the truth. They had remained babies and not become mature Christians. They should have been more mature.
IMMATURITY KEEPS US FROM UNDERSTANDING RIGHTEOUSNESS; i.e., our right standing with God (Hebrews 5 v 13). Therefore, UNDERSTANDING RIGHTEOUSNESS IS AN INDICATION OF MATURITY (Hebrews 5 v 12).
“The word of righteousness” in Hebrews 5 v 13 is speaking about JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH, as opposed to TRYING TO EARN OUR RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD. According to this verse those who haven’t understood justification by grace are still babies in Christ.
Hebrews 5 v 14 says, “Solid food, on the other hand, is for adults, who through practice are able to distinguish between good and evil.”
In context, this “solid food” must be referring to “the word of righteousness.” RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD BY FAITH IS SOLID FOOD, OR A SIGN OF MATURITY.
Hebrews 5 v 14 says we can train our senses to distinguish between good and evil. Our senses are neither good or evil, they respond to what we constantly expose them to. If we practice good, they will always choose good.
Hebrews 6 v 1 continues to say, “Let us go forward, then, to MATURE TEACHING and leave behind us the FIRST LESSONS of the Christian message.
“We should not lay again the FOUNDATION of turning away from useless works (dead works) and believing in God.” (BRACKETS ARE MINE)
According to Hebrews 6 vs 1-2, repentance from dead works (works of the law), faith toward God, the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment, ARE ALL ELEMENTARY TEACHINGS OF CHRIST.
The writer of the book of Hebrews was saying these are ELEMENTARY things, and we need to go past these things to maturity. In context, the more mature things he was speaking of are detailed in the last few verses of Hebrews 5.
There, THE DEEPER THING HE WAS URGING US ON TO WAS RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH (Hebrews 5 vs 13-14).
Matured Christians understand righteousness by faith as revealed in Hebrews 10 vs 10, 12,14-17, which say:
“10 Because Jesus Christ did what God wanted Him to do, WE ARE ALL PURIFIED FROM SIN by the offering that He made of His own body ONCE AND FOR ALL.
“12 Christ, however, offered ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS, an offering that is EFFECTIVE FOR EVER, and then he sat down at the right-hand side of God.
“14 With ONE SACRIFICE, then, HE HAS MADE PERFECT FOR EVER those who are PURIFIED FROM SIN.
“15 And THE HOLY SPIRIT ALSO GIVES US HIS WITNESS. First He says:
“16 “THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE with them in the days to come, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts and write them on their minds.”
“17 And then He says, “I WILL NOT REMEMBER THEIR SINS AND EVIL DEEDS ANY LONGER.”
REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – Hebrews 4:1-3!