“Taking Solid Food” (Ephesians 4: 15, HCSB) by Carley Evans

“Speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the Head — Christ.”

We are not to be “little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit.” (Ephesians 4: 14)

Each part of the body of Christ is to function for the benefit of “the growth of the body.” Each is to perform its particular work “for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son.” (Ephesians 4: 12 – 13)

Unity is not attained yet. Instead we are to be on guard so that “no one deceives [us] with empty arguments.” (Ephesians 5: 6) Be certain, however, to “speak the truth [in love], each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another.” (Ephesians 4: 25) Don’t be angry with one another. “And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You are sealed by Him for the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4: 30)

We are to leave behind “the elementary message about the Messiah” and “go on to maturity” so that we may be “teachers” and not Christians who “need someone to teach [us] the basic principles of God’s revelation again.” Too often “[we] need milk, not solid food.” (Hebrews 5: 11, 12) Ultimately, we need to stop being “too lazy to understand” that the truth is: we “ought to be teachers.”