Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 5:11-6:3 (S.O.A.P. Hebrews 6:1)
The Need to Move on to Maturity
On this topic we have much to say[a] and it is difficult to explain, since you have become sluggish[b] in hearing. 12 For though you should in fact be teachers by this time,[c] you need someone to teach you the beginning elements of God’s utterances.[d] You have gone back to needing[e] milk, not[f] solid food. 13 For everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced in the message of righteousness, because he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil.
Therefore we must progress beyond[g] the elementary[h] instructions about Christ[i] and move on[j] to maturity, not laying this foundation again: repentance from dead works[k] and faith in God, 2 teaching about ritual washings,[l] laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And this is what we intend to do,[m] if God permits.
We must grow up spiritually in our faith and not stay stuck in infancy. It’s like the ABC’s are the foundation for words and language but you can’t just learn the ABC’s and not learn to read and write.
We get initial joy learning and believing we are a sinner whom Christ died for. But don’t we want joy complete – full, which you get by growing in grace and maturing in Christlikeness.
It is essential for us to understand the basic teaching of the Bible, however we need to mature in God’s word by staying in the word. By SOAPing versus i am growing out of infancy within my walk with christ.