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Summary: Studies in Ephesians about being mature in Christ.

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Note: This is a study through the book of Ephesians as done in 1995. One of the main sources I used at the time was Beacon Bible Commentary vol. 9.

Title: Maturity in Christ

Theme: To show the importance of being a mature Christian

Text: Eph 4:14, 1 Cor 3:1-3

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (Ephesians 4:14 AV)

And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? {divisions: or, factions} {as men: Gr. according to man?} (1 Corinthians 3:1-3 AV)

Here we see a common theme in these verses. Paul being the author of both is talking to Christians and telling them to stop being as children. In other words he is telling them to grow up. I think in the church today Paul would still be preaching the same message. I think he would walk into many of our churches, including ours, and would say it is time that some of you grew up.

In Christianity there are two kinds of Christians there is the carnal Christian and the mature Chrstian. There is the child and the man. We all start out as the carnal Christian. Not a one of us jumped straight to being a mature Christian or an adult. If anything I would say that Paul is not speaking to those who are new to the faith. They are expected to be young and carnal. They do not know and have not grown in the truth. Peter said in

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Growth is expected of the Christian it is not only expected it is required. But the question must be asked what is wrong with staying a babe. Some have the mentality of sliding into heaven. Not doing much just barely making it in. Just living on the edge. Let us look at these verses and see.

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro,

Marks of a child

a. easily influenced

"tossed to and fro"

A child is easily tossed to and fro. He is easily distracted from the task that he is doing to pick up and do something more entertaining. Sometimes I let Kai sit in my lap an drive. Just to let him play. Not long into the driving do I notice that he is easily distracted. If it is something in the road or the commotion in the car. He will turn his head and not pay a lick of attention to where he is going. If I were to freely let him drive we know how far it would last.

The same works in the life of the Christians. If they are babes then they can be easily distracted. It may be that they find something more entertaining. Sometime it could be a better program at the other church. or a more dynamic speaker. They are wrapped up in this.


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