“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.”

“The Torn Curtain” (1 Corinthians 2: 9, ESV) by Carley Evans

God reveals what He has prepared for us, who love Him, through His Holy Spirit. “For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” (1 Corinthians 2: 10)

The Spirit testifies with our spirits that “we are the children of God.” (Romans 8: 16) As children of God, we are “heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ.” (Romans 8: 17) The Holy Spirit also “intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words…according to the will of God.” (Romans 8: 26, 27)

What God prepares for us is our transformation — that we “be conformed to the image of His Son.” (Romans 8: 29) Jesus says to His disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I Am you may be also.” (John 14: 1 – 3)

God swears that we are “heirs of the promise.” (Hebrews 6: 17) He takes an oath that His purpose is unchangeable. God Himself gives us “strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.” (Hebrews 6: 18) Remember that “it is impossible for God to lie.” (Hebrews 6: 18) “Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf.” (Hebrews 6: 20) The curtain between us and the Holy Place of God the Father has been torn, and Jesus has entered for us. There He awaits His bride, which is you and me — the children of God.