"That we henceforth be no more children ... but speaking the truth
in love, may grow up into Him in all things ..."
© 1977, 1998 by Diane S. Dew
I. Every believer, at salvation, is born into the family of God.
John 1:12 "But as many as
received him, to them gave he power
to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name."
Galatians 3:26 "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."
1 John 3:2 "Beloved, now are we the sons of God ..."
II. But a baby grows up, matures, becomes a man, and takes on
As it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual.
Ephesians 4:13 "That we
henceforth be no more children, tossed to and
fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine ...but speaking the
truth in love, may grow up into him in all things..."
1 Corinthians 13:11 "When
I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood
as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away
1 Peter 2:2 "As newborn babes,
desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby."
2 Peter 3:18 "But grow in
grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ."
III. Scripture cites two basic evidences of spiritual infancy.
Corinthians 3:1-3 "And I, brethren, could not speak unto you
as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were
not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal..."
4:1-3, 9 "Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child,
differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under
tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so
we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of
B. Inability to discern or understand doctrine.
28:9 "Whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom
shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned
from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must
be upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and
there a little."
4:14, 15 "That we henceforth be no more children,
tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine
...but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all
6:1-2 "Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine
of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the
foundation ... of the doctrine ..."
IV. The Word of God gives growth to our spiritual lives.
2:2 "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the
word, that ye may grow thereby."
A. Milk is for the babes.
Hebrews 5:12, 13
Hebrews 6:1, 2
1 Peter 2:2
B. Solid food (meat) is for the more mature.
1 Corinthians 3:2
© 1976, 1977, 1997 by Diane S. Dew
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