About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. (Hebrews 5:11-14 ESV)
The author of Hebrews offers us this warning: “About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.” The teacher finds himself limited because those being addressed are spiritually immature and lack understanding. They may be like the seed sown in shallow ground in Matthew 13. It sprouts quickly, but there are no roots. They claim to know Christ but lack the knowledge of His teachings.
We have many Hebrews 5 people in our churches today. They have listened to the message of Christ long enough that they should be able to teach it. However, their “dull hearing” confines them to “milk,” and not “solid food.” They must learn over and over, the “basic principles of the oracles of God.”
Verse 13 goes on to say; “everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.” The mature, however, consistently grow in the knowledge and fellowship of Jesus Christ. They hunger to live their lives by His example. It is far too common, however, that many Sunday worshipers forget what they have been taught as soon as they exit the sanctuary. Their central interest is elsewhere.
Verse 14 tells us that solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. While mature believers are able to discern the truth of the Word of God; the spiritually immature are unable to discern or test false teachings. The mature Christian has gained wisdom and understanding because of the work of the Holy Spirit within him. He is not “like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” (James 1:6 ESV) He is a student of the Word of God.
“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity …” (Hebrews 6:1 ESV) We must be earnest to have the full assurance of hope that we will inherit the promises of God.