This article is part 5 of a series using the statements that begin with “let us” in the book of Hebrews. Each article is a different head of let us (lettuce) in our garden. The previous 4 articles are:
1. Let Us Fear
This new statement can be summarized with the words, Let Us Mature.
Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity.
The natural development of a Christian should mirror the natural development of a human being. Here are the stages of human development:
We can relate the fetal stage to that time when God is at work preparing us for new life. God feeds us through a spiritual umbilical cord. This is before we knew Christ, but we heard the Word of God and God was cultivating our heart to receive his word.
Infancy is the early stage of being a Christian. With repentance from sin and faith toward God, we are birthed by the Holy Spirit into a living relationship with God.
Childhood is when we learn to walk spiritually and communicate with God.
Adolescence is the stage of becoming strong and courageous for God.
Adulthood is knowing God intimately.
The elder stage is that of possessing wisdom from the years of experience in knowing God.
The problem that the writer of Hebrews is addressing is that of believers who should be developing a growing knowledge and intimacy with God. Instead they are still learning the basics of walking and talking with God. These immature believers really only know that Jesus died for them. They haven’t developed so that they can battle against evil and the evil one. They don’t experience victories in life.
Before this statement in chapter 6, the writer describes these immature believers as still needing to be fed only with milk. Their spiritual systems cannot handle the meaty things of God. You know that you are eating solid, meaty, spiritual food when you have the power of discernment which comes from constant practice (Hebrews 5:14). The result is the ability to distinguish good from evil. Too many still call evil good and can’t distinguish between the two.
We are instead called to mutual maturity. Are you growing and developing spiritually? Or are you still like a child? You should be feeding yourself meaty meals. Are you?