Friday, June 06, 2014
No One Is Born Mature
EPHESIANS 4:13-15 ESV 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children . . . . 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
Ultimately, God plans for you to grow up in every way into being like Jesus Christ.
But no one is born mature and fully developed -- either physically or spiritually.
When we receive Jesus Christ, His life enters our inner being, causing us to be born again as a child of God (John 3:3). We enter God's family by pure grace, not because of any effort or virtue of our own.
The moment we are born again, we have all the rights and privileges purchased for us by the death of our wonderful Lord, Jesus Christ.
But we have to learn who we are, what is ours, and how to walk in it. We must learn to use the authority God has given us. (The only reliable source of this information is the New Testament.)
When we are born again spiritually, we are born equipped with everything we will ever need, just as a human child is born with a brain and all the muscles it will ever have. Yet, no baby can write textbooks or win athletic events. But we understand that they have that potential, needing only time and nutrition to grow and mature.
1 JOHN 5:4 ERV 4 because everyone who is a child of God has the power to win against the world.
We are born again spiritually with everything in place. We don't need to beg God to give us something else to put us over. We just need to grow and develop what God has already put within us.
2 PETER 1:3 ESV 3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,
God has already given His children all things that pertain to life and godliness. So we need to learn to walk in what God has already provided for us.
2 PETER 3:18 ESV 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Christianity is not just about being born again and going to Heaven. Being born again is just the first step. God intends for us to grow and mature.
1 PETER 2:2 NKJ 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
SAY THIS: God's plan for me is to grow up spiritually. When I am mature I will be like Jesus Christ.
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