Jan 29, 2017
I see thy tears
Jan 29, 2017
Some regrets that will die with us or go with us into eternity
I preached on Wednesday from Hebrews 5:12 thru 6:1 on the subject of “Going on unto perfection, Full age Christians.”
One of the most important issues of the Christian life is that of Spiritual Maturity, going from a “babe in Christ” as seen in 1 Peter 2:2, to a “full age” Christian as seen in Hebrews 5:12-6:9.
The word “perfection” in 6:1 means to come to completion and is from a word that means consummate ( in character ), finish, fulfil. Eph. 4:12 speaks of the “perfecting of the saints” by those who minister the Word of God. The word “perfecting” means to complete, furnishing.
There are two statements of fact that cannot be denied in our time: 1.Some people do not mature Spiritually because they are not being fed the whole truth of God by the preacher. 2. Some people are not maturing Spiritually because they do not like what the preacher is feeding them and refuse it.
Paul the Apostle gave a farewell to the Corinthians in 2 Cor. 13:11 stating, “Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect: be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” God’s will for every believer in Christ is Spiritual Maturity. Why is it important for all believers to “go on unto perfection”?
- Because it results in Spiritual stability. 1 Peter 5:8-11. Notice these words in Eph. 4:12-15. “Perfect man”, “fulness of Christ”, “no more children”, “tossed to and fro”, “carried about”, “may grow up.” All these are hinged upon the “perfecting” that God intends through the Word of God being taught in fulness.
- Because it results in Moral predictability. Heb. 6:9 and Heb. 13:20-21 More often than not, moral predictability in persons who mature Spiritually is pretty high. Sometimes we are fooled by the hypocrites, but on average, the Spiritually mature are fairly predictable. Psalm 37:37 states, “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace.”
- Because it results in Financial accountability. Luke 16:1-10 Note verse 10 and the subject is stewardship. We are to be good stewards of what God allows us to have. We are not to be slaves to our finances. Prov. 22:7 states, “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” America is full of “financial slaves” even Christians mind you. The unwise use of money in the Christian’s life many times can be traced to “Spiritual immaturity.” This is one of Satan’s most successful traps in the lives of God’s people.
- Because it results in Social adaptability. Spiritual maturity in the lives of believers is essential for living in an unspiritual world. This is where Demas failed in 2 Tim 4. One of the major results of Spiritual maturity is that it allows us to live in a sinful environment without becoming overcome by it. Jesus prayed in John 17:15, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.”
- Finally, it results in God having good opportunity to use us for His own glory. Our Spiritual maturity gives God a “vessel unto honour” to work in and through. 2 Tim. 2:19-21
We cannot be all God wants us to be until we have responded to the truths He has given to accomplish our “Growing up” as believers. Look back at Heb. 5:14 and ask this question: “Am I able to take the ‘strong meat’ of God’s word?” And, “Am I able to discern both good and evil?”
Spiritual maturity in the lives of believers is the key to success against an enemy that is “seeking whom he may devour.” 1Peter. 5:8