Today and Tomorrow

Grow Up

Hebrews 5 and 6 reveal to us that we should grow up in our understanding of righteousness. The writer explains immaturity as understanding the basic things of salvation and as milk, the food of the child, but says believers should go on to solid food and maturity. That solid food is the teachings about righteousness. Paul says something similar about knowledge in 1st Corinthians 13. 

 11 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, 10 but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways.

And about wisdom in 1st Corinthians 3. 

1 So, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but instead as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready. In fact, you are still not ready.

The fact is there are several levels of understanding when it comes to our faith. Righteousness is more than living by basic moral standards or following the traditional rituals and ceremonies of the church.  Spiritual maturity is more than rules and ceremonies as well. And a mature understanding of all this and more is something that grows as we go deeper with the Lord.