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rookie
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 Babe in Christ

According to Scripture,what are the characteristics of a christian who is a "babe in Christ?"

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rookie wrote:
According to Scripture,what are the characteristics of a christian who is a "babe in Christ?"

In Christ
Jeff



What I could find, Jeff:

[color=993300] Hebrews 5:5. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
6. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
7. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
8. Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
9. And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
10. Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
11. Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
12. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

1 Peter 2:1. Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
2. As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
3. If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.[/color]


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11. Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.



The writer of Hebrews attributes "dull of hearing" to those who are babes in Christ.


Anyone have an idea on what the writer means by "dull of hearing?"

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Sis also quoted from Peter...

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2. As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:



How is "dull of hearing" and the exhortation of Peter, "desire the SINCERE milk of the word," connected?

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These I personally feel are relevant to this topic, Although you know them, they are good no matter how many times heard.


Mat 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 18:5 And whoso, shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

Mar 10:15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever, shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

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Dull of hearing.

I believe it's referring to the hearing of the voice of God. Throughout Acts, numerous believers, not just the Apostles, heard the voice of God.(Acts 9:10 "Now there was a disciple at Damascus named [b]Ananias;[/b] and [u]the Lord said to him[/u] in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord.") This was unlike the Old Covenant. Someone would have to go to a prophet to learn of God's will.

Now, we read Scripture and follow His Spirit.

'Babe' in Christ is just that. Needs to be trained and helped. After time, the 'child in Christ' grows and can be 'self-sufficent' or 'self-substaining'.

Now by 'self' I do NOT mean 100% 'self' because it's ALL through His Spirit that we truly GROW in Him. But His Spirit works through others when we are young, weither they are leading a bible study or just being a personal mentor. After time when someone is 'mature in Christ' they will dig deep in the Word, pray for others, and help the 'new babes in Christ'.

It's an awesome circular theme, the Lord has designed. Praise the Good Father of Heaven! 8-)

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lovegrace wrote:

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I believe it's referring to the hearing of the voice of God. Throughout Acts, numerous believers, not just the Apostles, heard the voice of God.(Acts 9:10 "Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord.") This was unlike the Old Covenant. Someone would have to go to a prophet to learn of God's will.



Have you ever considered what this section of Scripture teaches...it is similar to what you said above...

Job 33:

14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; 16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, 17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man. 18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword. 19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain: 20 So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat. 21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out. 22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers. 23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness: 24 Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom. 25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s: he shall return to the days of his youth: 26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness. 27 He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not; 28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light. 29 Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man, 30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.

Throughout Scripture, we find that God speaks in these ways to man.

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Now, we read Scripture and follow His Spirit.




How does God enable us to "follow His Spirit."

God Bless
In Christ
Jeff


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Brother Christopher wrote:

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These I personally feel are relevant to this topic, Although you know them, they are good no matter how many times heard.



I would like to make this distinction on the Scripture you point to...

As a father, there was a time where my children were totally dependent on me and my wife for there well being. They believed everything we said. We were their all in all. Now as they have grown older, they also see our shortcomings. We are no longer perfect in their eyes.

When Jesus spoke of the nature of a child like faith, He was speaking to this idea of how a child sees his father and mother and believes everything that the parents tell them.

So it is that we should all submit in the same way. Yet Scripture also teaches that a "babe in Christ" lives in a condition of life where he or she has not learned to follow the Spirit. This attribute is pointed to in Hebrews as being "dull of hearing."

Does that make sense?

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Hebrews 5:

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13. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.



Dull of hearing and being unskilled "in the word of righteousness" go together. How?

In Christ
Jeff


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rookie wrote:
Does that make sense?

In Christ
Jeff



Yes perfect sense. Thanks for completing what I started.

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