No Longer Children
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:14
so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. (ESV)
What does it mean to be an “infant in Christ?” What is Paul referring to in Ephesians 4:14 when he uses this analogy? It is important to remember that anyone who comes into Christ comes into him as a babe. This, says Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, is a vital point to understand since Paul makes it an objective in many of his epistles to say that the goal of new believers should be to jump into learning more about God and His Word before jumping into positions of spiritual influence within their church. It is important because just as children are required to mature before they are handed responsibilities, babes in Christ are not firm enough to be given influence expected of mature believers. Paul calls new believers to seek the knowledge of God in order to grow out of childish tendencies that tend to stagnate new believers spiritually, such as being unstable in doctrine, easily deceived, reacting excessively, and not being able to control his or her own spirit. New believers must understand these tendencies so that they can move past them in order to avoid the tragedy of staying as children spiritually.