Friday, July 15, 2011

Christian Maturity

Those who have the Spirit, and who therefore come to grips with the message of the cross (I Cor.2), are expected to mature rapidly.  Such maturation will disclose itself in a growing ability to take in more and more Christian truth (3.2).  It will also show itself in a large-hearted attitude that avoids quarreling and jealousy, and refuses to sink into narrow factionalism.  If some who have the Spirit are slow to display this rising maturity, the kindest interpretation is that they are "worldly."  In these matters they are acting like "mere men" instead of like Christian men and women, men and women empowered by the Spirit of God.  They are wretchedly, unacceptably, spiritually immature.

Don Carson
The Cross and Christian Ministry
Pages 74-75

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