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Infancy & Immaturity
Introduction In this lesson, we consider the Biblical concepts of infancy and immaturity, as communicated by several related Greek words. Physically, we enter this world weak and helpless; yet, nurtured by our parents, we grow over time, eventually reaching maturity. A similar process should occur in the spiritual realm.
Relevant Greek Words Two Greek words are significant, the adjective nēpios, occurring 14x, which refers to an infant or an immature person, and the verb nēpiazō, occurring 1x, which symbolically means to act like an infant.
Actual & Symbolic Childlikeness Used in reference to actual children (Matt. 21:14-17, esp. vs. 16; cf. Psa. 8:1-2). Used symbolically, in reference to the Law of Moses, which prepared the way for the coming Savior (Gal. 4:1-7, esp. vs. 1 & 3). Used symbolically, in reference to spiritual gifts, which aided the church during its infancy (1 Cor. 13: 8-13, esp. vs. 11).
Commendable Childlikeness Used of disciples who evidence childlike trust (Matt. 11: 16-30, esp. vs. 25; Luke 10:21-24, esp. vs. 21) Used of disciples who evidence childlike innocence (1 Cor. 14:20; cf. Matt. 18:1–6; Rom. 16:19–20; 1 Pet. 2:1–2)
Correctable Childlikeness Used of persons who evidence spiritual immaturity (Rom. 2:17-24, esp. vs. 20; 1 Cor. 3:1- 5, esp. vs. 1). God has made every provision for our spiritual growth (Eph. 4:7-16, esp. vs. 14). However, such requires diligence on our part (Hebrews 5:8-6:3, esp. vs. 13).
Conclusion Will we become spiritually mature, or remain spiritual babes? Will we grow in faith or remain stagnant? Will we use our abilities, or allow them to waste away? Holding fast to His Word, let us grow with that growth which is from God (Col. 2:18-19; 2 Pet. 3:17-18).