As we continue to look Ephesians 4:11-16, there are points I did not mention in my questions that are extremely important.
1) The principle of maturity is for all in the Body of Christ. When Jesus chose the twelve disciples, His goal for Judas was the same for Peter and John. What made the difference in their maturing was their own willingness to be taught and to learn. I have found this to be true in many I have tried to disciple. Some love to search the Word of God, learn, be taught and transformed, while some make other priorities greater than being discipled. From a leadership viewpoint, we must work for the maturity of EVERY believer.
2) In verse 13, Paul sets this goal very clearly; “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.” Be sure that we understand that this mature includes “unity of the faith.” God never intended that the Church He formed through the death of His Son Jesus ever be fractured by division or disagreements on doctrine and truth. Such immaturity has been caused by not being unified in the Holy Spirit (see verse 3).
3) What is the standard of maturity? “The measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” When we use human, man-made standards of maturity, we fail ourselves and we fail others, to keep that standard before every believer. God has one measurement for maturity – His Son.
We often make excuses for ourselves and others for not growing in faith and practice. These excuses come from not understanding the power of God in us through the Holy Spirit. Let us work together to promote unity, maturity and spiritual growth through the present work of the Spirit.
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