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02/10/13 – “Sonship in the Body of Christ” Part 2 – Grown but Immature

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February 10, 2013

 

Sonship in the Body of Christ – Part 2

(Grown but Immature)

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February 10, 2013

 

Sonship in the Body of Christ – Part 2

(Grown but Immature)

 

 

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS

  1. Romans 4:13
    1. God can only release His promise into the hands of mature believers.  (Scripture reference – Galatians 3:29)
    2. The earth is the believers’ inheritance.
    3. God spoke and His words became things. The words spoken by mature believers are intended to produce things (Hebrews 11:1). This is the power of the mature believer to inherit the world.
  2. Hebrews 12:1-9
    1. A mature son differs from an immature son by the quality of his decisions.
    2. Mature sons endure correction; immature sons chose to become offended.
    3. God cannot transfer the keys of the Kingdom to immature believers.
    4. We endeavor to become mature sons not simply Christ-like.
    5. As Kingdom citizens, we operate our lives under different principles and standards than the world.

 

REVIEW

  1. Three stages of spiritual development depicted in the life of Jesus
    1. Infancy (teknion) – symbolized by Jesus’ manger birth; and circumcision on the 8th day.
      1. Salvation is the infancy stage for the believer.
    2. Puberty (teknon) – symbolized by Jesus appearing in the temple at age 12
      1. Luke 2:40, 42, 49
        1. In the Jewish community, a young man has a ceremony pronounced over him called the bar mitzvah which means “son accountable”.
        2. At age 12, the Jewish child took his place in the family business.
        3. From the age of 12, Jesus is lost from the scriptures.  This 18 year period is called the period of obscurity.
        4. In Jesus’ obscure years, He was becoming the Word. – Isaiah 50:4
    3. Maturity (huios) meaning son placement
      1. St. Matthew 3:16-17
        1. At this time, the father of a young man in the Jewish experience would proclaim the young man as mature and the father would openly bestow upon the son his riches, power and authority so that he may act on his behalf in all his affairs.
          1. Three stages of a father/son relationship
          2. The father exclusively imparts into his son.
          3. The father and son evolve into close friendship which is evidence by the son’s kinship to the father’s viewpoint.
          4. The son begins to impart to the father and speaks on the father’s behalf.

 

  1.          I.            The tale of two grown but immature sons
    1. St. Luke 15:11-32
    2. The defining issue for the sons was who and how the father’s inheritance should be dispersed.
    3. The younger son had obvious deficiencies; whereas, the elder son’s defects were hidden.
    4. This type of immaturity can be seen in the local church whereby some members are sons as long as there are no disagreements or conflicts with the spiritual authority (conflicts reveal maturity).
    5. Observations from the text:
      1. Verse 12 – the father is only supposed to divide his goods upon death or life threatening illness
      2. Verse 13 – an immature son will waste his inheritance
      3. Verse 15 – joining yourself as a citizen to a strange country will not produce fruit
      4. Verse 16 – eating husks was a sign of repentance and does not yield any nourishment
      5. Verse 17 – introspection reveals maturity
      6. Verse 20 – The father will cover the son
      7. Verse 24 – we can make ourselves inaccessible to God by our thinking
      8. Verse 28 – A good son does not inconvenience his father; A good son will never refuse the father’s request and keeps his position by the father
      9. Verse 29 – A good son serves without being seen
        1. Question left to ponder: Is one immature son worse than the other?

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