“Growing in Christ and Exercise of Discernment”

“For everyone partaking of milk is unskillful in the Word of Righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, even those who because of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Heb 5:13-14

One of the most important characteristics for us as Christian women is to learn “discernment” i.e., “to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ” and to be able to “discern good and evil.” This subject will be the focus of our next Bible-Book study at ReformedWomen. It is one of the most important things we can learn as Christians…to discern “truth from error” so that we can be biblical Christians rightly dividing the word of truth as God’s servants. Be encouraged as you read Dr. Jay Adams excerpt below. I pray it will whet your appetite for more.

“A baby cannot discriminate sounds well so as to imitate them accurately. One of our children, for example, used to call pancakes, suitcases, and several other items “peebeeps.” It took some input from us and some effort on her part to eventually sort out the concepts. Spiritual babies, dull in the hearing of truth, have similar problems in differentiating truth from error. One of the signs of growth in a child is the ability to discriminate. Before the development of discriminating powers, anything and everything goes into the mouth. Many immature Christians are like that: They will devour anything “religious,” showing thereby their spiritual immaturity.

These spiritual babies are said to be “inexperienced” or unskilled”  (Hebrews 5:13).  In contrast, those who are mature have senses (faculties) that are “exercised” or “trained by practice” so that they habitually discern between good and evil. The training mentioned in verse 14 is like the training of an athlete. The mature Christian, over a period of time, by making good distinctions and living in accordance with them, sharpens his senses to respond auto- matically or habitually to good and evil. He “develops a nose for truth,” as we would say (ourselves referring metaphorically to the olfactory senses). He is a spiritual bank teller who has spent so much time handling God’s truth that whenever counterfeit teaching passes through the fingers of his mind he immediately identifies it for what it is.

Both truth and error when accepted into thought, life, and ministry make an impression on the person. Error dulls, leading the heart away from God, while truth sharpens him spiritually and in every other way.”


Dr. Jay E. Adams, “A Call to Discernment, Distinguishing Truth from Error in Today’s Church.”


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