Viewing the King James Version. Click to switch to 1611 King James Version of Hebrews 5:14.
- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
5:14 But strong meat - These sublimer truths relating to perfection, #Heb 6:1|. Belong to them of full age, who by habit - Habit here signifies strength of spiritual understanding, arising from maturity of spiritual age. By, or in consequence of, this habit they exercise themselves in these things with ease, readiness, cheerfulness, and profit.
Heb 5:14 Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age. When one has reached manhood we do not expect him to live on the food of babes. So a church member, as time goes on, ought to feed on "solid food" (Revised Version), the higher teaching of religion. There should be growth in knowledge. Have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. The reference here is to the faculties of the soul. A Christian ought to study, to gain a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures and especially of the New Testament to become able to teach others, and to explain the higher principles of our religion. In addition he ought to be able to discern the moral character of the environments of life, to know not only what to accept and what to reject, but how to warn his less instructed brethren.
BSP's comment on 2013-11-14 15:04:26:
This verse shows that spiritual maturity does not depend on one's age, but on how one uses their perception. The person has to be able to perceive what is right and wrong from God's standpoint even when there is no direct Bible command.
Brianna's comment on 2013-10-18 06:58:16:
I have always appreciated this verse. It helps me to see that constant study of God's word is vital to my spiritual maturity. Also, it shows that God certainly wants us to use what we learn from his word to be able to distinguish wrong from right.
Children need to be taught word for word, "don't do this..... do that". As we mature our knowledge from God's word will be the basis for knowing wrong from right! Just love it!
TILAK CHANDRA SEKARAN's comment on 2013-03-16 02:43:43:
I agree with People's bible Notes. Here the age doees not pertain to that of biological, but that of mind and the wisdom level. Only the matured mind can understand the deeper truths in Bible and conver that knowledge to it's and the benifit of the brotherhood.
So the spirit world can be understood in Christ's perception only by an enlightened soul.
Tilak Chandra Sekaran
Share your own thoughts or commentary here...