Summary of passage: You (the people who are doubting whether to choose Christianity or Judaism) are slow to learn and need to be taught the elementary truths of God’s word again. You live on milk and thus are not acquainted with righteousness. Those on solid food are able to distinguish good from evil.
Let us go on to maturity in Christ’s teachings and truly understand the foundations of repentance from acts that lead to death, faith in God, baptisms, the laying of hands, resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.
9a) Personal Question. My answer: Laziness. Not taking the time to know God and who He is. He has it all laid out bsin His Word and yet people still don’t read it. Or they choose not to know. Following God’s law and God’s will for their life is too hard so they choose the easy way–their way–and not God’s.
Ignorant means lacking the knowledge. This is something that can be rectified by seeking out the knowledge. Most never seek.
Romans 1:20: Men are without excuse for knowing Him since God’s invisible qualities have always clearly been seen.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Immature means lacking complete growth and development. I think we all all spiritually immature in some ways. There is always more to know. We can always be closer to God. We can always learn more about who He is.
For me, laziness and distractions I guess. Not a priority. I could learn more but there’s so much that fills my day. Devoting more time to seeking, learning, believing, listening, reading, and obeying Him.
10) The inability to distinguish good from evil and not understanding righteousness.
11) The meat, the heart of God’s teachings–the Bible and understanding it to its fullest
12a) Repentance from acts that lead to death and faith in God–admitting your sins and asking forgiveness and having faith God will forgive you. Also having faith in God himself and believing in Him.
Baptisms and the laying on hands–laying on of the hands is a way to connect the message with the messenger. It must be accompanied by faith in order to have effect. (Taken from here.)
Baptism is an outward sign that you are now living a Christian life, you have faith in Jesus Christ and believe he died for your sins.
Resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment–Revelation 20 puts together both nicely in terms of the first and second resurrection as well as the final judgment.
There were so many passages to support both resurrection and judgment. This website here lists most with a great explanation on how the two are connected.
b) Personal Question. My answer: I would say repentance and faith I’m pretty good at. I’ve been baptized. Laying on the hands still makes me uncomfortable (I’m not a touchy-feeling type person). Definitely not resurrection and eternal judgment. These are all areas of the Bible I have not studied yet but I’d love a Revelation study (hint, hint to BSF!).
Conclusions: I liked this lesson for making us think about what we each need to work on in terms of our spiritual growth. Question 12 in and of itself (the basic doctrines) is a lifetime to understand thoroughly and be mature in.
Good reminder we all have areas in which to grow in, we are not perfect, and despite all we may think we know about God, Jesus, and the Bible we definitely don’t know it all. I would say we’re no where near.
End Note: I did a post on which is better: knowing or not knowing, in terms of my dilemma with homeschool. You can read it here but it applies to everything in life.
I never want to be ignorant. I hate that. I want to know everything, especially when it comes to God. That’s why we are all in BSF, right? We are all searching and yearning to know Him.