Brethren, do not be children in your thinking; yet in evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.
For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.
I have more insight than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.
and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,
Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;
A Song of Ascents, of David.
O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty;
Nor do I involve myself in great matters,
Or in things too difficult for me.
And He will delight in the fear of the Lord,
And He will not judge by what His eyes see,
Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.
And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female,
Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”
And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ.
When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,
Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;
Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.