Read Ephesians 4:11-19

v 14   Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 

The world is full of trickery! Fake News; Misleading adverts; Offers for the gullible; to say nothing of downright scams. Christians in the early Church, with very little experience and teaching behind them, were very susceptible to the teaching of itinerant preachers who claimed some special or new insight into the ‘Right teaching.’ That has been the case down the ages, and our own generation has seen the rise of ‘Fresh Understanding’ of long-held Christian beliefs.

So this is where Paul begins; he is at pains to point out the need for effective Christian teaching through God’s appointed leaders. They are to be the repository of Gospel truth, so thatwe all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

We have to stay alert to the possibility of being diverted from our goal of knowing God’s way for us, of being moved away from the truths and standards of behaviour we have learned in the past. Novelty should always be treated with some suspicion until we are convinced it is part of God’s truth for a new generation and conforms with what the Bible has always been understood to mean.

Tuesday 15th November Daily Notes from The Hub