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Determine To Mature     Heb 5:11-6:12     October 08, 2006


Introduction

       Is spiritual maturity a place we can be determined to reach? I believe the Lord will allow us to achieve the level of maturity we desire. Spiritual maturity does not depend upon talent, or abilities; it depends upon personal expectations, work, and following the Lord’s leading. Look around your Christian community, and you will see mature Christian of all sizes and shapes. The world places requirements for its kind of success that the Lord does not use in His prerequisites for a Christian to become mature. So let all of us Determine To Mature.

 

1.    Determine To Mature Because of . . Pathetic Maturity. 5:11-14

       A.   Pathetic Maturity Related To . . Understanding. 5:11

                 11 We have a great deal to say about this, and it’s difficult to explain, since you have become slow to understand.

 

       B.   Pathetic Maturity Related To . . Underachievement. 5:12-14

                 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of God’s

         revelation. You need milk, not solid food. 13 Now everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced with the message about

         righteousness, because he is an infant.

 

       C.   Pathetic Maturity Related To . . Undernourishment. 5:12-14

                 14 But solid food is for the mature—for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between

       good and evil.


       It is pathetic how some Christians remain immature. Too many believers can not eat spiritually solid food. One recent Sunday Evening I walked down the hallway of a different church, and as I passed a room with a marker for adults I saw toddler furniture in the room. I suspect the use of the class room changed and they forgot to change the sign, but it was funny. It gives an illustration that speaks to immaturity. Some adults belong in the toddler class because they choose not to grow. They are immature in understanding, therefore they remain undernourished, and they underachieve. The writer of the Book of Hebrews claimed some of these people by this time ought to be teachers, but they still needed a teacher. Every Baptist church I know about needs teachers. Some Christians are not gifted to teach, but others just have not matured enough to become a teacher.


 

2.    Determine To Mature Because of the . . Procedure of Maturity. 6:1-8

       A.   The Procedure of Maturity Calls For . . Progress. 6:1-2

        1 Therefore, leaving the elementary message about the Messiah, let us go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, faith in God, 2 teaching about ritual washings, laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And we will do this if God permits.

 

       B.   The Procedure of Maturity Calls For . . Productivity. 6:4-8

              1.    The . . Similitude of Productivity. 6:4-5

4 For it is impossible to renew to repentance those who were once enlightened, who tasted the heavenly gift, became

        companions with the Holy Spirit, 5 tasted God’s good word and the powers of the coming age,

                         a.     Note the Impossibility. v 4a

                         b.     Note the Once enlightened. v 4b

                         c.     Note the tasting the heavenly gift. v 4c

                         d.     Note the Impossibility. v 4a

 

                 2.     The . . Scorn of Productivity. 6:6

6 and who have fallen away, because, to their own harm, they are recrucifying the Son of God and

        holding Him up to contempt.

 

              3.    The . . Sham of Productivity. 6:4-5

                         7 For ground that has drunk the rain that has often fallen on it, and that produces vegetation useful to those it is

         cultivated for, receives a blessing from God. 8 But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and about to be cursed, and

         will be burned at the end.


       I believe there are simple procedures for us to use as we would progress toward a productive, and maturing Christian life. Gather a group of Christians, and ask what is necessary for one to mature. I think nine out of ten times you will hear, attend church, pray, read your Bible, and witness. So why don’t more mature? They do not

do the basics of maturity nor move past the elementary message of Christianity. That brings us to verses four through six, and these are not easy to make a dogmatic interpretation about. The teachers quarterly offer five different possibilities for interpretations. Personally my preference is the fourth possibility offered. I believe these people have a lifestyle similar to a productive maturity but it moves to scorn, and just being a sham.


 

3.    Determine To Mature Because of the . . Provable Maturity. 6:9-12

        A.    Provable Maturity Through . . Service. 6:9-10

        9 Even though we are speaking this way, dear friends, in your case we are confident of the better things connected with

salvation. 10 For God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you showed for His name when you served the saints—and you continue to serve them.

 

        B.    Provable Maturity Through . . Staying. 6:9-10 

11 Now we want each of you to demonstrate the same diligence for the final realization of your hope, 12 so that you

won’t become lazy, but imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance.


       I am pleased the writer says, “ in your case we are confident of the better things.” Why? Because they

are genuinely saved people, and their maturity is provable. This is easily seen as these people work, and demonstrate their love for the believers. They do this through their past and present service. Then their perseverance is shown in their staying power. Too many give up too easily, and I suspect it is because they

did not sincerely Determine To Mature. Amen? Amen!