Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Cibus Solidus | Solid Food

"But solid food is for full-grown men, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil." – Hebrews 5: 14 (ASV)

In our reading for today, the writer of Hebrews spoke to the readers about their status. He told them that they were just babies in Christ and not mature Christians. The cause of their growth problem was dull of hearing (vs 11). It wasn't because they were deaf, but because of their refusal to do what the Bible instructed them to do. They picked and chose the Scripture that they wanted to obey. This had cost them their maturity. They weren't able to be partakers of the strong meat of the Word (vs 12). It was just too much for them.

The writer made a comparison between the babies with the milk and the mature person with strong meat to show the readers of the book to examine their spirituality or their walk with God. The babies that can only handle milk are the believers who never grow up in their walk with God. Christianity is just a fa├žade of spirituality to fulfill their own needs. As a result, they have become soft Christians. Just like Job's wife who told Job to curse God and die, soft Christians don't last when bad times come their way.

The writer urges the readers to move from babies’ status to mature Christians’ status by "having their senses exercised" (vs 14). In other words, the believers must start doing what the Holy Scripture said. Full obedience to the Word of God will give the believers the exercises they need to grow. By doing so, the believers will become a godly discerner that has been molded by the Word of God.

Believers, God has called us to love Him, to obey Him. What is your status? Are you in full obedience to the Word of God? Are you following His commands?

Let us examine our heart (II Corinthians 13:5). Amen.

Reflection on Hebrews 5: 11 - 14 by Pastor Devy Nanlohy 

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