Posted by: missionventureministries | May 23, 2010

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18

Over thirty years after the death of Christ, the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews wrote the Jewish Christians, who were discouraged in their faith to the point of thinking about returning to Judaism.

The author does not hide his concerns by saying that by the time that had elapsed, these believers ought to be teachers of the Word and knowledgeable about Jesus Christ. However, they had returned to a spiritual infancy stage, still “Needing milk and not solid food” (Hebrews 5:12).

Years after their conversion, they knew very little about Christ, and now were in danger of falling away and returning to their old practices. A similar message was sent by Paul to the Corinthians, referring to his first visit: “Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready” (1 Corinthians 3:1-2).

Unfortunately this is the reality of many churches and members who continue feeding on the rudiments of the doctrine, without being able to bear solid food, which represents the most profound teachings. It is important to note that the lack of intellectual and spiritual progress leads not to stagnancy, but to a reversal and apostasy.

The conversion is represented by the figure of new birth in which the individual allows the Holy Spirit to operate in his life, making him a new creature in Christ. Thereafter he lived in “Newness of life” (Romans 6:4), growing spiritually, always targeting the perfection of Christ.

Someone likened the Christian walk to a sailor, in order not to lose track, he keeps the bow of the boat towards a star. Acting in this way, he will remain in the right direction. So do we, if we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, we remain on track until his coming, when we “shall be changed” and covered with “the imperishable” (1 Corinthians 15:52-53).

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