Growth and Maturity

Upon obtaining the new birth, Christians grow into a perfect man (Ephesians 4.13). This perfection means maturity. It is like a baby growing to adulthood.

PERSONAL GROWTH

You can grow in your faith, knowledge, and Christ-likeness!

The first three parables in Matthew chapter 13 teach us that there is growth in the kingdom of God. You can grow as an individual by the leadership of the word of God and the Holy Spirit in your life.

In 2 Thessalonians 1.3, Paul thanked God for the Thessalonians because their faith grew exceedingly. Faith is an area of our lives where we experience personal growth. Growing in faith enables us to draw more of heaven's grace, and it allows us to encourage and inspire others. Jesus rebuked his disciples many times for their lack of faith for God's miracles. Part of their discipleship training was learning to have faith in God for physical and spiritual needs.

In 2 Peter 3.18, Peter admonishes us to grow in grace and knowledge. He had just given a warning about falling from our own steadfastness. Through our connection with Jesus, we can grow in grace and knowledge rather than drifting farther from God. We all need growth in the ability to help others gracefully.

The result of our growth in different areas of our walk with God is that we come to the fullness of the stature of Jesus (Ephesians 4.13).

LIVING WHOLLY SANCTIFIED

1Thessalonians 5.23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus.

Our sanctification is whole. There are no breaches in it. Spirit, soul, and body are all wholly sanctified. Nothing is unsanctified.  

Paul prayed that the Christian would be preserved blameless until Jesus comes again. God requires Christians to live lives that are wholly consecrated to him. As we grow in knowledge of God and his Word, we are enabled to live like Jesus in every area of life. 
 
 
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