Who Are Infants in Christ? Paul also called some believers infants in Christ. Notice that the fleshly believers were also infants in Christ. We were all infants in Christ at one time. The level of spiritual maturity in our lives does not necessarily depend upon the number of years we have been saved from our sins. We have all known believers who still act like spiritual babies. Paul lets us know that we may still be infants in Christ, but we should concentrate on growing up in Christ.
Paul always made great points about discipleship. In this verse, Paul shows us that Christ desires us to grow up and act mature. This growth takes time and devotion to Christ, not just counting the years in Christ. Growing in Christ requires intentional faith in Christ.
1. Spiritual Age and Spiritual Maturity Differ
You may have been a believer for many years, but that does not mean you have ever grown up in Christ. Spiritual maturity comes from eating solid food from the Word of God, and moving past a diet of just spiritual milk.
2. Maturity Matters.
Jesus intends for every believer to grow up, just like a child grows into a healthy, strong adult. If you think its is o.k. to live on milk alone, then think again. Jesus wants your love for Him to grow, so that you will love Him all the more.
1 Corinthians 3:2
“I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able.”
Infants Need Milk, Not Solid Food
Paul fed the Corinthians milk and not solid food. He understood that Christian babies cannot digest solid food, and so solid food should not be given to them. Some people still need milk, because they have not grown up in Christ.