The Rebuke of Immaturity

I read of a principal in a high school who had an administrative post to fill. He promoted one of his teachers with ten years of teaching experience to the job. When the announcement was made, another teacher in this school came to him terribly upset. She said, “Why did you … More


This is exactly the situation with these Hebrew Christians. They had been going through the same experience again and again, all the years of their Christian life, but had never grown. In this passage the writer makes it very clear that age will never, in itself, bring Spiritual maturity.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe explains it best when he shows how the writer deals with four marks of spiritual immaturity:

  1. Dullness toward the Word (v. 11). One of the first symptoms of spiritual backsliding is dullness toward the Bible.
  2. Inability to share (v. 12a). Not all Christians have the gift of teaching, but all can share what they learn from the Word. One of the hardest lessons children must learn is the lesson of sharing. The same is true with many Christians when it comes to sharing spiritual things.
  3. A “Baby Food” diet (vv 12b-13). The “milk” of the Word refers to what Jesus Christ did on earth. This includes His birth, life, teaching, death, burial and resurrection. The “meat” of the Word refers to what Jesus Christ is now doing in heaven as our High Priest.
  4. Unskillful in using the Word (v. 14). A characteristic of little children is that they lack discernment. A baby will put anything in its mouth. An immature believer will listen to any preacher on the radio or television and not be able to identify whether or not he is true to the Scriptures.


My capacity to feast on the deeper truths of God’s Word will depend on my own Spiritual growth. In order to feast at God’s banquet table I must grow in the Lord and put into practice what I have learned. Only then will my capacity to understand increase.

Hebrews 5:9-14 (English Standard Version)

And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek. About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

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