This verse introduces two categories of people for which the Bible and Bible teaching, are beneficial. The simple and the young. The simple refers to open-mindedness and the willingness to learn. The young refers to discernment and shrewdness with regard to sorting through the information that is learned.
The word simple, has nothing to do with the sophistication levels of life.
The word young, has nothing to do with physical age.
Therefore Bible doctrine, which is available to everyone, will only benefit those who want to learn, and are willing to learn, and examine and reflect on the information that they do learn, so as not to be duped or taken advantage of, or deceived, or led down the paths of false teaching.
The world is full of philosophies and idealism’s which sound good on the surface, and cater only to the drives of the sin nature, but have no substance nor basis in truth.
Only Bible doctrine, which is learned through the legitimate spiritual learning process, enters into the soul and binds itself to the soul, transforming the entire life and essence of the individual, and constructs a sophisticated spiritual structure within the soul that lasts forever.
False teaching is temporary only, and does nothing more than mislead and misdirect the person’s life.
And the only way to avoid false teaching, is to pursue instruction in the word of God, listen to, test and compare the information being taught, and do so while under the control of the Holy Spirit, which control only exists when the believer is in fellowship.
And by the way, there is no emotional or physical sensation with regard to the Holy Spirit, when you are in fellowship. So do not be fooled by holy roller claims of Holy Spirit experiences.
We live in the dispensation of the Church Age. Ours is the only dispensation where we have the completed Canon of Scripture.
We live in an age where there is no revelation from God, no dreams or visions, no voices in the head or writings on the wall.
We live in the age of the Royal Family. For in Christ we are made royalty, family of God, firstborn sons, joint heirs to eternity to come. Our spiritual life is tied to the written words in the Bible. That is our only source of communication from God, and that is why God magnified His word above His name, because our spiritual life depends entirely on the teaching of the word of God and our learning it, and growing up in our spiritual life.
Through doctrine, we have been given everything that we need in order to advance ourselves to spiritual maturity and prepare ourselves for the next life.
There are no miracles, no magic, no smoke and mirrors with which we look to, for answers to the secrets of the universe.
All answers come through Bible doctrine, learned by means of the spiritual process which God has designed. Such that through doctrine we are able to learn and discern what is right and what is wrong, what is truth and what is false.
The only thing that stands in our way, is our-self, and our unwillingness to listen, to learn, to consider what is being taught.
Teachability and examination are the two key ingredients in the learning process of spiritual life.