Personal Bible Study Notes on Maturity!
*Ephesians 4:13-15: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the….
The heir as long as he is child, is no greater than the slave. Though he is the owner of everything, he is still under the guardians and managers until he is of the age his father has set…..
-Maturity will never solely be determined by the individual. Something outside of the son has to witness to his maturity.
In the same way we were like children once enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son born of a woman under the law to redeem those who were under the law, so that we may receive adoption as sons.
God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hears crying Abba Father, So you are no longer a slave, you are sons and if sons, than an heir.
You have ownership of the kingdom due to now coming into the maturity of God’s on Jesus Christ.
What determines you have matured from slave to son?
What does maturity look like?
7 signs of Maturity resource: (psychology today)
1. A mature person is able to keep long- term commitments.
2. A mature person is unshaken by flattery or criticism.
3. A mature person possess a spirit of humility
4. A mature person’s decisions are based on character and not feelings.
5. A mature person expresses gratitude consistently.
6. A mature person knows how to prioritize others before themselves.
7. A mature person seeks wisdom before acting.
Mature examples in the bible
-David had the opportunity to exploit his leader but chose not to because he knew it was right to remain loyal and honor those in authority.
-Ruth had no reason to stay with Naomi because there were no longer any physical ties to her, yet she chose to stay loyal to get an impartation that would benefit her in the long run.
-The Father chastises those that He loves.
Agape- the highest form of love, charity and true Love of God for man.
Phileo- speaks of affection, fondness and liking of another person. This love is companionable and relational.
· An immature believer is most effective in phileo love.
As long as what you are saying is feel-based (feels good, sounds good,) they will usually be accepting of it.
· What they engage has to be appealing to their emotions and what interests them. If they lose interest, get weary or tired, in time they will usually bow out.
· There is usually some connect to worldly things, because being liked and liking others entices them. However the bible states that if you are a follower of Christ the world will hate you as they hated Him.
· A mature believer is most effective in the truth, no matter how it is presented.
· A mature believer engages in doing right at all times, no matter how hard it is or how long things seem to take.
· A mature believer has a resolve with professing and displaying the principles and thoughts of God even when it isn’t popular.
These are sure signs you are ready to own and possess the Kingdom of God.
*You don’t want to be an heir that never gains his ability to possess.