A Call to Grow Up 5

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Maturity

The believer is not called to stagnation; we are called to maturity; to go deeper in our relationship with God, in our intimacy with the King and in revelation of His Word. Hebrews 6:1-3 explained this concept very well,

Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.And this we will do, if God permits. Hebrews 6:1-3 (NASB-1995)

The word maturity is the Greek word teleiótēs; meaning “One who reaches a goal. Perfection or perfectness, stressing the realization of an end in view, the state achieved when a goal has been accomplished.”[1] As believers we are challenges to establish goals for our lives; to avoid stagnation. Where there is no vision people perish.[2] What are your goals? What is it that God is speaking to you? What did He tell you to do? Did you, do it? Why not? 

Many are still learning the elementary things of Christ, which are: 1) repentance from dead works, 2) issues of faith or, not trusting God, 3) simple doctrines such as the laying on hands and legalistic, 4) legalistic rituals such as washing of diverse kinds, 5) still learning about the resurrection of the dead, and 6) still learning about the eternal judgment that awaits those who die without Christ. The writer of Hebrews called these things, elementary, in other words, foundational. We all, as believers, should know these things and have a biblical answer for each.

To be continue…


[1] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[2] Proverbs 29:18

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