Perpetually An Infant? –Expect To Be Cursed.

Friends,
How long have you been a “believer” in God’s Word? When did you get “born again”? Well, if it has already been a few years, you ought to be Bible-teachers by now. (See Heb. 5:12) If you are not, why not? What have you been doing? Working, you say? Okay. –But have you not any free time? And what do you do with that free time? Can not a percentage of it be given to God? –Spending time in His Word? –Listening to His Spirit teach you through it? –Devoting your heart and lips to some daily undistracted adoration of Him? –Also offering some completely unselfish service to another one of His hurting children?

No, you do not have to be a “professional” Bible-teacher. But in some way or another, you should be teaching God’s Truth to someone –at least to yourself. And a systematic approach, rather than a haphazard one, is certainly best. This would require a designated time, a planned curriculum (–simple is fine), and a commitment to follow through daily. This (that is, teaching) is the optimum way by which to learn God’s Word –the Truth.

Heb. 5:13 goes on to say, “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.” Indeed, if “Christians” continue to live as spiritual infants, they will not learn righteousness. Yet we are expected to attain maturity, solid faith, the knowledge of and fullness of Christ. (Eph. 4:13) “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.” (v. 14) And craftiness there is an abundance of! –Slick and sly –and coming through messengers who appear incredibly sweet and unassuming.

But Jesus and the apostles warned of these! Dressed in soft friendly wool –smiles and love talk included– these teachers are actually “ferocious wolves” (Matt. 7:15) with sharp teeth, ready to tear a gullible one to pieces (Matt. 7:6), as both head toward the abyss. Would the masses follow a teacher that bared his fangs? Of course not. So they come in “sheep’s clothing” (Matt. 7:15) –that popular “cultural relevancy” hip talk –interspersed with cooings about social activism and compassion. Oh, yea… that’s a sure ploy by which to trick the “Christian culture” into thinking one’s motives are far from those of a wolf.

Are all false teachers really consumed with the intents of a wolf? No. But if they are blind, yet think they see and are qualified to lead others who are blind, the destination is the same: The pit. (Matt. 15:14 & 23:13,33)

“Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity” (Heb. 6:1), that of righteousness. “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.” (1 Tim. 4:7) For “solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” (Heb. 5:14) So it is by diligently feeding off of God’s Word and putting it into practice that we are like the wise man who built his house upon the rock. (Matt. 7:24)

Heb. 6:7 goes on: “Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God.” The “land” is each individual of whom the Lord rains down upon, expecting fruit, a crop, a harvest of souls. And what is the rain He gives? Verses 4 & 5 tell us. It is enlightenment… a taste and share in the heavenly gift –the Holy Spirit… the goodness of the Word of God… His power… (It is also initial forgiveness of sin, as implied by verse 6.) However, what is said in verse 8 concerning those who receive all this blessed rain, but who remain infants, unable to produce a crop –either outside oneself by bringing others to righteousness, or within oneself by learning to be godly? This is what is said: “But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.”

This matches what Jesus says in John 15:5,6, “I am the Vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.”

So do we see that in Him we bear fruit; falling out from Him, we are cursed? This is why Heb. 6:6 warns about falling away once we’ve shared in the Holy Spirit, and why verse 11 says, “We want each of you to show this same diligence [producing a crop] to the very end, in order to make your hope sure… and inherit what has been promised [– eternal life].” For those who “remain in Christ” WILL go on to fruit-bearing maturity. –Producing “the fruit of the Spirit [which is] love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Gal. 5:22) And helping others to also come to maturity, so that they too, may produce fruit.

Let me remind us all of the parable Jesus told immediately after having warned twice, “But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:3,5) Here it is: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’

‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.'” (v. 6-8) Being cut down is not dying and going to Heaven. It is Judgment… being cursed and thrown into the fire. It is being assigned “a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt. 24:51)

Again: If fruit does not happen within a reasonable amount of time, Heb. 6:8 does teach that these perpetual infants –this barren, worthless, unproductive land– will indeed be cursed.

So, what kind of land (or tree) are you?  (Maybe you should start fertilizing, cultivating, and training yourself –in the Word of God!)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on January 3, 2010.

 
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