Understanding Righteousness- Key to Christian Maturity.
When you received Christ and became born again, you are no more permitted to remain a baby in the things of God. Babies feed on milk instead of solid food. In the same vein, a baby Christian is one who feeds on the milk of God’s Word. He is yet to grasp the understanding of deep Spiritual truths, though he may have been born again for a very long time.
The Bible says concerning such folks: “you have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others, but instead you have dropped back to the place where you need someone to teach you all over again the very first principles in God’s Word. You are like babies, who can drink only milk, not old enough for solid food. And when a person is still living on milk it shows he isn’t very long in the Christian life, and doesn’t know much about the difference between right and the wrong. He is still a baby Christian!”(Hebrews 5:12-13 TLB).
An important characteristic of the babe in Christ shows that he is: “unskillful” in the doctrine of righteousness. That means he doesn’t understand righteousness, which is the nature of God that has been imparted into you, which separates you from evil, sin, guilt, condemnation, fear, sickness and poverty.
Without an understanding of righteousness, a Christian can’t live victoriously over the enemy. He will be subject to the elements of the world (Galatians 4:3). This is why you shouldn’t remain in the babyhood stage of Christianity. You must desire to grow in Christ; you have got to get off milk and grow. How? By learning and putting God’s Word to work in your life. That is how to grow spiritually and be a mature man in Christ. Then you will walk in the consciousness of your righteousness in Christ, and the perfection and rightness of God will be manifested through you.