King James Version (KJV)
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
For explanation, we should look at the verses prior to understand what is meant by “strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age”. The discussion here is regarding maturity and immaturity of believers. While new Christians are as babes that need “milk”, a more mature Christian depends on “strong meat” or solid food for their nourishment. We must be ready to digest the food, before we fully partake and comprehend.
That being understood, the context of this verse lets us know that as we mature as believers, as we grow in knowledge of righteousness, we can become more discerning in all that is good and evil.
This reveals a clear indication that the more we use our senses for discerning, the better at it we become. From constant use or practice we train ourselves in becoming more aware, astute and perceptive. This isn’t only about being ready to discern, we actually can apply this to any of the gifts we are given by God. Certainly, one that is gifted with a beautiful singing voice must still practice in order to keep that voice at its best. One gifted in speaking, will only improve the more he speaks. We must put into practice that which we have learned. We must train our conscience to understand and recognize good from evil.
To become better at the things we should discern and perceive, we above all else need to delve into the strong meat of God’s word. God’s Word is our lesson book. There is where we learn and grow to know exactly if our perceptions and beliefs are accurate and Biblically sound.
1 Corinthians 3:2
1 Peter 2:2
2 Timothy 3:16-17
1 Corinthians 2:1-14