Someone very dear to me would say, “Never read a verse from the Bible…as you would talk to a toddler”. People are at various levels of comprehension.
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Reminiscing, learning how to drive. Distinguish the experiences between the time with my driver’s ed instructors, and, my parents. Sometimes it is difficult for the instructor and or parent to endure the trail of a student, “just, not, getting-it!”. The instructor may become a bit condescending after a repeated correction, “Did the yellow light ‘mean’, speed up!?”. Or how about the student driving in the “right direction”, but [<– ONE WAY)] wrong way into oncoming traffic?. Haha! Anyway, thankfully, those students have grown to handle and be trusted behind the wheel of their very own 3,000-pound vehicle, without “supervision”. Or, that was the hope, at least. The point is, there is a process to maturity; whether learning “hands-on” how to drive, or, educated about the process, in the midst of it. A teenager’s desire is to be all grown up ready to take on the world, but without trail and endurance. It just doesn’t work that way.
2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)
Apply that concept to a person just learning about salvation. Without the various trails and testing of our faith, how would we then understand enough to relate to those just drawing their first breaths’ of salvation? Just because we know how to drive does not make us a good driver. However, the Bible likens the process of spiritual maturity to newborn babies longing for the “pure milk of the word”. So, if we can somewhat grasp the conceptual maturity process through driving then hopefully also in the consumption of food.
Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, 3 if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. (1 Peter 2:1-3)
So. If any of us salvational engineers think ourselves wise to teach; well, this is where we are disciplined to humble ourselves, and “drink some milk” together.
If the reader finds him or herself longing to taste the kindness of our Lord, the King? Please. We salvational engineers are but “unworthy” members of His Kingdom in the midst of His nature on Earth; longing also, to meet you where you are, in the Spirit of God. Not to teach necessarily, but genuinely “disciple” attentively as God teaches us, together, about salvation.
26 These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. 27 As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. 28 Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. (1 John 2:26-28)
This is the perfect opportunity to turn our attention to the virgin Mary. Remember, this woman had no “intimate relation” with any man. And yet, God used her natural reproductive system supernaturally; producing a living being of flesh inside of her, through the procedure of the Holy Spirit. Meaning, very basically; that God in His Spirit, prepared the seed and egg in her womb to produce a (embryo to fetus) baby that would save the world, Jesus. — As we grow in familiarity to the Bible; drinking one “bottle” of milk at a time, will discover revelation after revelation of truth. Because, Jesus, is the Infinite Word and Son of God. And upon “believing” in that “Word”. We “receive” the “Holy Spirit of God” — becoming new born babies desiring the pure milk of salvation. As we feed on this “Word of God” to grow in maturity, the Holy Spirit enlightens us to the reasons for our present-day conditions, as sinners. And.., so.., “here come the convictions” at where we’ve “messed up”? Yes. However, also, here comes our “GOOD NEWS”. Not guilty.
And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, 3 for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? (1 Corinthians 3:1-3)
So, check this out! — In the next blog we’ll go through the birthing process together. And in it will discover our eternity and sever the umbilical (or unbiblical) cord.