Summary: The Christian growing from a child’s understanding to a full grown adult.
When we accept Jesus into our life, he is our savior. Jesus saved us from our sins, he made us new creations in Christ. We begin on our journey to know Jesus and other believers by the spirit, not after the flesh. There is a vast difference in knowing about God, and knowing God. All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctorine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be prefect, thouroughly furnished for every good work. The word of God is spirit, and it is life. Jesus went away that he might send the comporter, (the Holy Spirit) to lead and guide us into all truth. The same Holy Spirit that gave gifts to the church, that it might be edified, is also the teacher of truth. The church may operate in all the gifts, but still not know the spirit of truth. 1st. Corinthians 13 - 31 says: Covet earnestly the best gifts and yet show I unto you a more excellent way. I want to know what this more excellent way is! 1st. Corinthians 13 - 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or tinkling cymbal. I can have the gift of prophecy, understand all mysteries, and all knowledge, and have faith to remove mountains, though I give my goods to feed the poor, and give my body to be burned, and have not Charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind, charity envieth not vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, , seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity; but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies they shall fail; whether there be tongues they shall cease; whether there be knowledge it shall vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. Why will prophesy be done away with? And what is perfect? The word declares that prophecy is in part, it’s not complete. We as a church can operate in the part relm or we can grow up and be mature Christians. Now the more excellent way is to operate in the spiritual gifts, but also develop the fruit of love. The believer operating in the spiritual gifts don’t make him a mature Christian, unless he develops in the love of God also. The same Holy Spirit that gives the gifts to the church, is also the teacher of truth. So I see I can operate in the gifts of the Holy Ghost and still be a child. A child’s understanding is limited or fragmented. The mature Christian who recieves truth by the Holy Spirit is unlimited in understanding because the Holy Spirit is unlimited.
As long as the church operates on a child’s level of understanding it is immature. Galatians 4 - 1 An heir as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he Lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.