The theme of spiritual growth has been a focus in In the last three readings I’ve been assigned. Today is number four.
- Three posts ago was, The 5 Essentials for Christian Growth from Philippians 1:9-11;
- the next post was, The 3 Stages of Christian Growth (and how to avoid them) from 1 Thessalonians 5; where the topic was grieving the Spirit.
- the last post was, Be Strong from 2Timothy 2:2-6, wherein Paul gave us four relatable examples of what we should grow into, the teacher, the soldier, the athlete and the farmer.
Hebrews 5 closes with a warning against apostasy. Having heard enough to be teachers of Christ, there were those in this congregation that were turning back to Judaism. (Hebrews 5:12) The Jews identified with being teachers, leaders of the blind, but here the writer rebukes them, essentially saying, you need to go back to the essentials. You need to start again at the beginning with the basic things.
We know from 1John 2:12-16 the three stages of Christian growth:
- Babes. Babes in Christ know the name of Jesus.
- Young Men. Young men in Christ are strong. They know the Word and use the Word (the truth) to overcome the deceiver.
- Fathers. Fathers in Christ know God.
In my estimation, the writer was essentially saying, you think you are on stage three but you are obviously failing stage two (you are deceived).
This statement is made to the whole congregation as a preface to what the writer is going to share. In paraphrasing, he is saying, ‘I’m getting ready to go deep here. Get ready, and know that some of you aren’t going to get it because you’re self-deceived.’ The beginning of chapter 6 then wraps up the warning to those that have heard the truth and been led astray down paths of false doctrine. It is horrifying.
God, may we all grow in You and You alone. May we grow in Your Word and be strong, able to discern the truth and overcome the deceiver. God would you give each of us all a thirst for your Your Word? We need You LORD. Amen.