For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe (Hebrews 5:13).
The reason some Christians are still spiritual babes is due to their ignorance of God’s doctrine of righteousness. According to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, righteousness is firstly a nature; the nature of God, which was imparted to your spirit at the New Birth. When you were born again, you were born as righteous as God Himself. You don’t become more righteous as you grow spiritually, just as a baby doesn’t become more human as he grows. Even though he is a baby, he’s still as human as any adult. Righteousness gives you the ability to stand in the presence of God without any sense of guilt, condemnation or inferiority. This is called right-standing.
Secondly, righteousness produces the rightness or character of God in the human spirit; it gives you the ability to do right. So right living isn’t righteousness but a product of righteousness.
The opening scripture shows that as long as you’re unskillful in the word of righteousness, you’re a spiritual babe. This reminds of what Paul said when he rebuked the Corinthian church: “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? (1 Corinthians 3:1-3). The latter portion of this scripture suggests that when you become spiritual, you don’t ‘walk as men.’
You see, the quality of your life depends on your understanding of your righteousness in Christ. Your faith can never go beyond your understanding of righteousness. In James 5:16-18, the Bible tells us of how Elijah held rain for three and a half years until the whole nation repented of their evil deeds. This man triumphed against impossible odds and ruled over kings and kingdoms because he was cognizant of his right standing with God (1 Kings 18:19-40).
No wonder the Bible says, “…they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17). However, if you’re ignorant of your righteousness in Christ, you can’t rule and reign in life. It simply means that you’re still a spiritual babe. Therefore, make a quality decision today to study the Word of God like never before, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith…” (Romans 1:17). Hallelujah!
I am the righteousness of God, so I function according to the rightness of God in my spirit. Not only does righteousness make me live right, it makes me function with precision in whatever I do. I’m unblameable in all my affairs, because God’s righteousness has been set to my account, and I’m living continually in the light of this understanding.
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.