Christ moves in and stays, contrary to popular imagination. The critical learning expected by God does not extend over a person’s lifetime. Paul knew people who had mountains of material they insisted on teaching to others even when their lives showed little evidence of the benefits of such teaching. You might recognize the phenomenon as not extinct in the introduction to Yeshua, His taking up residence in us, and in the effective knowledge of the Saviour.
The image of resistance
This analogy makes an example of opposition from within, taken from an instance of external opposition. The smokescreen of learning in New Testament times did not hide the resistance to truth.
2 Timothy 3:7-9
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
The introduction to God’s family does not take forever. The ever-learning never seem to hear God/Yeshua say “Thank you I’ll take it from here”. The way some people introduce us to Christ is surprising because there is so little Christ in the lengthy spiel. Those who are the never-growing clung to their toys and models and despise the liberty of sonship.
Knowing Christ is thought to be the element that distinguishes the saved from the lost, but when the knowledge turns out to be piles of rudimentary principles there is no real experience of divinity to be found. There is definitely no intimacy with Christ.
Taking up residence in a person who believes the gospel does not take the Holy Spirit weeks, and the embrace of the extent (breadth, length, depth, height) of God’s fulness towards us is not the interminable drip of the faucet.
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19
Effective learning does not keep growing infinitely. We must come to know Christ’s love or we are opposing heaven’s adoption process, and are saying “bye” to the truth.