Hebrews 5:14 says, “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
The writer of Hebrews speaks to us in the verse about growing up in Jesus Christ. We are encouraged to walk by faith, to walk in the spirit, to walk intimately with Jesus as we mature into adulthood.
The word mature (Greek; teleiotes), represents in a sense, doctrine or a message intended for adults. As adults we become spiritually mature, which is accomplished as we surrender our will, too God’s will.
The writer draws attention to our senses; over time our senses mature, which enables believers in Jesus Christ to distinguish between the spirits. Spiritual gifts are developed through practice.
Training facilitates understanding of spiritual gifts; training requires constant practice. Good and evil exist everywhere causing us to make decisions that shape our morals and character. Allowing God to participate in this process facilitates spiritual maturity.
Present in the text is the problem of lack of training; inability to persevere, or inability to run the long race. The writer is concerned that the lack of training, that is, spiritual infants over time will unknowingly/unconsciously lose faith, allowing doubt and unbelief (evil spirits) to steal their faith in Jesus Christ. (see Hebrews 6: 4-7)
As adults, spiritually mature men and women; we are able to discern the difference between good and evil because of days, weeks, years and decades of yielding to God’s Spirit. Spiritual infants cannot differentiate between good and evil.
When the writer says too “distinguish good from evil; it has the meaning of removing doubt, the ability to differentiate spirits. The inability to differentiate represents doubt, creating a narrative where our beliefs don’t coincide with our actions. To doubt one’s self, is to doubt one’s credibility.
This behavior does not fit with God’s behavior, for in God’s wisdom their is nothing wavering or conflicting.
Hebrews 6:1 says, ““Let us go on” not primarily of personal effort, but of personal surrender to an active influence. The power is working; we have only to yield ourselves to it.
Father in Heaven you are worthy, you are worthy to be praised all the days of our lives. Father, you are God and besides you, there is no other God. To you alone, O God, belongs all our worship and praise. You walk with us, You talk with us; and as we travel life’s highways and byways you watch over us, you lead us and keep us safe. Thank you, O God!
Father you started us out on Mother’s milk, and we are forever grateful for Mother’s milk. You allowed us to mature into young adults and adults, wherein we started eating solid food. Thank you Lord for being present in our growth and maturity. Thank you Father for your protection as we learned to discern between good and evil. Today we declare, in the word of Joshua: But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Amen