CCXLIV. Profound Spiritual Knowledge.

Heb. v. 12-14. “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. For every one that useth milk is un-
skilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 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.”

THE passage enforces the importance of cultivating a
profound knowledge of the highest and deepest truths.
This may be brought home by the following considera-
tions :—
1. It is a sin to neglect any part of God’s oracles.
2. Profound spiritual knowledge is necessary in order to
teach others.
3. It is necessary to keep us in times when false doctrine
is influential.
4. The profounder one’s knowledge of the greatest truths,
the greater one’s humility.
5. This profound knowledge of Divine truth increases the
lovingness of a man’s nature.
6. Sectarianism owes its existence to a want of know-
ledge of the highest central truths.
7. The oracles of God are the instruments of our personal
sanctification.
8. Our surest present enjoyment and our happiest views
of the future of the Church depend on our knowledge of
the truth as it is in Jesus.
C. F. Deems, D.D.

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