Growing Pains

Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

1 Corinthians 2:6-8 (NLT)
6 Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten.
7 No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began.
8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord.

There comes a time when children have to grow up. Far too many Christians use the term “Baby Christian” as an excuse not to become mature in the faith. As the writer of Hebrews put it, “You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong” (Heb. 5:12-14). To the Corinthians Paul made the point that when he speaks to immature Christians he speaks with plain language, but with mature believers about the deeper truths of God. It is not the wisdom of the world that Paul talks about, but the higher wisdom of God. Paul “knew and proclaimed a higher wisdom, a better wisdom, than all the wisdom of this age, including that of the human rulers of this age…Paul made this better wisdom, this true wisdom, available to mature believers. He implies, however, that many of the Corinthian believers were not yet mature, even though they thought they were. They were still spiritual babies (Horotn, I & II Corinthians). We need to move beyond the basics into the deeper truths of God’s Word and become mature believers. We cannot stay content with the bare minimum, we must press on to something better. Let’s grow up!

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

 

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