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11 Of [peri] whom [hos] we [hemin] have [logos] many things [polus] to say [logos], and [kai] hard [dusermeneutos] to be uttered [lego], seeing [epei] ye are [ginomai] dull [nothros] of hearing [akoe].
12 For [kai] [gar] when for [dia] the time [chronos] ye ought [opheilo] to be [einai] teachers [didaskalos], ye have [echo] need [chreia] that one teach [didasko] you [humas] again [palin] which [tis] be the first [arche] principles [stoicheion] of the oracles [logion] of God [theos]; and [kai] are become such as [ginomai] have [echo] need [chreia] of milk [gala], and [kai] not [ou] of strong [stereos] meat [trophe].
13 For [gar] every one [pas] that useth [metecho] milk [gala] is unskilful [apeiros] in the word [logos] of righteousness [dikaiosune]: for [gar] he is [esti] a babe [nepios].
14 But [de] strong [stereos] meat [trophe] belongeth to them that are [esti] of full age [teleios], even those who by reason [dia] of use [hexis] have [echo] their senses [aistheterion] exercised [gumnazo] to [pros] discern [diakrisis] both [te] good [kalos] and [kai] evil [kakos]. KJV-Interlinear
11 Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. NASB
Here is the third of three severe warnings. The first warning was to not lose out on salvation. Being saved is an infinitely greater position to have than not being saved.
The second warning was to avoid stubbornness or hardness of heart. Don't have a bad or negative attitude toward Bible doctrine. Making good decisions in life give you greater and more opportunities in life. Making bad decisions limits your opportunities. Life is full of examples. Break the law and go to jail. Don't pass go and don't collect etc., etc. In jail you have few if any opportunities. Out of jail obviously you have more opportunities to do the things you want to do in life.
Get an education or not. With an education you have more opportunities obviously. Learn to read, or don't learn to read. Which do you suppose is the smarter decision? Believe in Christ and have eternal life or reject Christ and have eternal terror and worse. Which do you suppose is the better of the two?
Now for the third warning. Grow up spiritually or else.
Far too often people hear the gospel at some young age and they become emotional. They become excited at the prospects of being saved. They hear the gospel over and over, again and again, and again, and again. And pretty soon that is all they want in life. They just want the emotional excitement of hearing the gospel.
They want to hear the story of the birth of Christ. They want to hear the story of David and Goliath. They want to hear the story of Moses and the miracles of the Exodus. They are entertainment oriented.
These are but baby stories. A new believer regardless of their physical age, is but a baby in their spiritual life. Babies need encouragement. Babies need to be shown pictures and hear the story book rhymes. They get all giddy when they hear baby songs. They are but babe's and they live on this milk diet. A baby's diet.
A baby when it is born, is born with the need for milk. It is easy to drink and digest. But sooner or later the baby grows up physically. Time takes care of this. Along with this physical growth, the child now needs something more than just milk. He needs solid foods. As he gets older he begins to consume a greater variety of foods and is able to handle them well because he has grown up properly, learning as he grows.
Now in the spiritual life, there is the same need for growth. A forty year old believer looks silly sitting on his mommy's lap. He needs to become an adult, with responsibility and self determination. One who can lead rather than suck on his thumb.
An adult professor knows far more than an infant. A professor has more opportunities for life than does an infant. An infant knows little or nothing but the needs it has from its own selfishness. An infant has tantrums when it doesn't get its way. An adult understands life and deals with it responsibly and with poise.
You cannot listen to evangelists over and over and make their message of salvation the sum total of your spiritual life. If you do not grow up, you go nowhere in life.
Each believer needs to study, and learn, and apply what he learns to his daily life, which in turns teaches him even more by the feedback he gets out of life, and continue this approach to growing up, everyday for the rest of his life.
Remaining an infant places the believer in danger of going spiritually dull in his soul. Dullness means lack of spiritual drive, lack of desire to learn, lack of enthusiasm. Dullness means that you have become comfortable with the very simple things of life and you simply do not want to learn the tough things. You don't want to learn responsibility.
Dullness means that you guarantee failure for yourself in life. And that is the warning.
The book of Hebrews is the book of glories. That means that there is a huge treasure of blessings out there just waiting to be dumped onto you. But most (emphasize most) folks never see their blessings because they don't grow up. The bulk of Gods blessings are for the mature believer, not the infant.
How do we grow up spiritually? We study to show ourselves mature. Hummm. Wonder where we have heard that line before?
We learn from our studies. We learn to be responsible. We learn to be sensitive toward others. We learn our place in life. We learn to whom we must be obedient to and who we must teach or lead. We learn selflessness and empathy. We pick ourselves up when we fall. We don't complain. We don't look to blame others for anything. We understand the things of life and we deal with them accordingly.
We understand that this is the devils world, and that there will be times of trials in our life. We look to God in everything and we wait on and trust in, His timing and provision for our life.
This chapter began the study of Melchizedek but that was interrupted by the disinterest of the hearers. That subject won't resume until chapter seven. The next chapter will take on the subject of the perils of falling away from your spiritual life, before resuming with the study begun in chapter five regarding Melchizedek.
Simple Bible stories are for the immature. More complex doctrines are for the mature. The mature believer is better able to learn and understand more. The mature believer is more open minded regarding the things of life. The mature believer is better able to handle the controversies of life. The mature believers is more at home in Bible doctrine. The mature believer is better able to know right from wrong. The mature believers is better able to discern the priorities of life from the irrelevant things of life.
The mature believer only becomes mature by means of a daily study of Bible doctrine.
Just as salvation is infinitely greater than eternal condemnation, so too spiritual maturity has infinitely greater opportunities than spiritual immaturity.
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End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.