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Hebrews 5:11-6:12

MILK OR STRONG MEAT

Dec. 8, 1968 am


THERE ARE MANY KINDS OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, AND GOD HAS A MESSAGE FOR EACH ONE

  • No two people are the same personalities, and no two are at the same stage of development
  • Yet God has give us His word, and it has a message to help and encourage each of us
  • God has given us His Holy Spirit, and He applies the Word to fit our individual need

The secret is whether or not we are mature enough to accept what He says!

I. "WE HAVE MANY THINGS TO SAY" Heb 5:11a

I am amazed at the progressive revelation of the Word of God that was once delivered

A. EVEN JESUS COULD NOT TELL HIS CLOSEST DISCIPLES TOO MUCH AT ONCE

  • Matt 13:10 -Jesus explains to His favorite disciples why He taught in parables
  • John 16:12 -Jesus explains to them that there are things that even they could not bear
  • John 6 -shows what happens when Jesus tried to teach spiritual truth- lost all but a few

B. THE APOSTLE PAUL ALSO HAD DIFFICULTIES TELLING THE EARLY CHRISTIANS WHAT GOD HAD TO SAY

  • Gal 16:12 He asked- "Am I become your enemy because I tell you the truth? -and he did some
  • The Hebrew Christians in Jerusalem were turning back to Judaism - leaving the simple church
  • Paul called them "Dull of hearing."  They were not listening to what he or God had to say!

C. BUT PAUL RECALLED SOME TO GOD, AND THE LORD WARNED THEM AND THEY FLED FROM THE WRATH TO COME

  • There seemed to be a revival because of this book, and spirituality was rekindled in some
  • Within a few years Cestius came against Jerusalem, retreated mysteriously- calling for help
  • Christians saw prophecy fulfilled, and fled north before Titus mangled Jerusalem -70AD

The Christians who did not listen stayed in Jerusalem and died- Can you hear God's Voice?

II. "BUT YE ARE BABES" Heb 5:12

No one likes to be called a baby, or immature, but Paul did it as tactfully as possible

A. THERE ARE THREE KINDS OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, PAUL'S WRITINGS SHOW ALL THREE

  • I Cor 2:14- The natural man - he is of the world, born once, sin cursed, child of wrath
  • I Cor 3:1- The carnal man- he is a saint of God, yet worldly, weak, easily offended
  • I Cor 2:15- The spiritual man- the saint who knows what God is saying, and obeys- Spirit led

B. THESE HEBREW CHRISTIANS HAD BECOME BABES BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN CARELESSNESS v.12

  • "Ye ought to be teachers" - they had been in the church for some time, looked at wrong things
  • "Ye have need that one teach you" - they had even missed or forgotten the basic truths of God
  • The picture is that they had become senile, reverted to childishness of their own free will

C. THEY WERE SO WEAK THAT THEY NEEDED TO BE FED AGAIN THE MILK OF THE WORD, SIMPLE TRUTHS 6:1-3

  • "Repentance from dead works"- There is nothing that man can do to save himself- Temple or not
  • "Faith toward God"- God has done what is needed to save; our part is to believe Him, obey Him
  • "Baptism & Hands"- Church membership and commissioning is important - you'd better believe it
  • "Resurrection & Judgement" - The future is in God's hands, and we will all be judged by Him

III. "LET US ALL GO ON UNTO PERFECTION" 6:1b

Our age has seen a terrible retreat from strong meat as far as being a Christian is concerned

A. STRONG MEAT BELONGS TO MATURE, SPIRITUAL ADULTS, AND YOUNG ADULTS WHO WILL BE STRONG

  • When people get offended in church, and are caused to stumble, it is because they are childish
  • A person does not grow without facing the strong meat, strong demands of the Word of God
  • And if a few babes keep a church from having strong meat, it soon makes everyone weak-

B. USE YOUR SENSES TO DISCERN GOOD AND EVIL, AND EXERCISE YOURSELF TO GODLINESS v.14

  • Make the choice yourself but learn to choose the best, and don't be too proud to take correction
  • An adult accepts responsibility- take a mature look at your church, and lend a hand to help
  • Like Paul, "I am sure persuaded better things of you" 6:9, if we would try harder.

C. "LET US GO ON TO PERFECTION" 6:1b, THE PERFECTION IS THAT OF MATT 5:48 - FULL GROWTH

  • How is it with your soul? Are you growing spiritually?  Obeying God more in maturity?
  • If not, you might plant your winter garden- a whole row of "Let Us" - Heb 10:21 -
  • If you know Jesus- you have "full assurance of hope" -6:11b so do not be slothful! 6:12a

There are more helps today than ever before, and Christians seem weaker than ever before

IF WE WILL PULL OURSELVES UP TO GOD'S TABLE, AND FEAST ON STRONG MEAT, WE WILL GET STRONG

  • If you have not laid the proper foundation, then do so - receive Christ & be saved!
  • If you are a Christian- don't sit in the corner and suck your thumb- draw nigh to God!
  • The Lord is coming soon, Matt 24:44,45,46 - Maybe with a warning to flee a modern Titus?