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04/07/13 – “The Son of Abraham, the Son of David, and the Son of God” III – True Maturity

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April 7, 2013

 

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(Christianity is not Options)

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April 7, 2013

 

The Son of Abraham, the Son of David, and the Son of God III

(True Maturity)

 

 

REVIEW

  1. Three stages of sonship [depicted in the life of Jesus]
    1. Infancy (teknion) – symbolized by Jesus’ manger birth.
      1. At the infancy stage, we are not mature enough to handle the Father’s possessions though in relationship.
      2. Trust is a part of growth.
      3. Mature sons are not easily offended.  Immaturity is congruent with offense.
      4. As we mature,  we should expect to encounter more satanic attacks and conflicts.
    2. Puberty (teknon) – symbolized by Jesus appearing in the temple at age 12.  (St. Luke 2:40, 42, 49).
      1. This stage is identified by accountability to a spiritual leader (father).
      2. Sons become more responsible and accountable to God.
      3. In other words, God can count on us to do what He has called us to do (whether we feel like it or not).
    3. Maturity (huios) – meaning son placement lived out at Jesus’ water immersion in St. Matthew 3:16-17.
      1. God can trust us only when we become mature.
      2. God can only trust us to the degree others (people) can trust us.
      3. The family unit (home) is a good barometer of the level of one’s maturity.

 

FOUNDATIONAL TEXT

  1. Hebrews 12:1-9
    1. A bastard is one whose thoughts are contrary to the thoughts of God.
    2. Jesus endured the cross because He was a faithful mature son that the Father could trust. (verse 2)
    3. Maturity keeps us grounded even in suffering.

 

  1.          I.    True maturity is a decision
    1. I Corinthians 12:18
      1. God can only “set” us in the Body based on our maturity.
      2. Can we be trusted with the anointing and the accompanied level of position and influence?
    2. Galatians 4:1-2
      1. We cannot inherit the riches of the Father when we are immature.
      2. The more of the world we let go, is a sign of maturity.
      3. The level of our maturity is demonstrated in the quality of our decisions.
      4. There is nothing stronger in the universe than a man’s decision.
        1. A man opting to violate his daughter or son is a decision.
        2. A mother involving her son or daughter in her relationships is a decision.
        3. Divorce is a decision.
        4. Commitment and faithfulness to our calling is a decision.
  2.         II.            Christianity is not options or opinions
    1. Observations
      1. Some believe a Christian can be one who follows God even when their opinion deviates from the Bible.
      2. Some believe Christianity is the ability to have options or opinions contrary to the word of God.
      3. Becoming a mature “Christian” means we are no longer subjugated to our opinion.
      4. For example, same sex marriages and homosexuality claim the banner of Christianity.  Additionally, the traditional family has been redefined in the name of Christianity.
      5. In other words, differing views and opinions have evolved into what some believe Christ “to be like”.
      6. We can only describe what Christ is like or what Christ likes only if  we know Him; and we know Christ through His word not our opinion.
      7. A follower of Christ divorces his “own” opinion.
    2. The semantics of Christianity
      1. Colossians 1:24-27 [Emphasis verse 27]
        1. Believers are not just Christ-like, but Christ resides in the believer.
        2. God’s expectation of His followers is to reflect the Christ that is in us.
        3. Christ in us is much greater than being Christ-like.
      2. I Peter 4:12-16
        1. On the part of the world, Jesus is evil spoken of in several categories including Christianity.
        2. By coining the term Christian, the world is at the very least saying we remind them of Jesus.
      3. Acts 26:28-32
        1. Agrippa used the term Christian.
        2. Paul does not call himself a Christian.
      4. Acts 11:22-26 [Emphasis verse 26]
        1. God does not call the disciples Christians. (verse 26)
        2. The description of Jesus is in His word
    3. Christianity has become another word for opinion.
      1. Opinion – a personal view; an attitude or an appraisal; a belief or judgment that rest in grounds insufficient to produce absolute certainty
      2. The absolute objective truth of Jesus is in the word of God.
        1. St. John 14:6
        2. “I am the way” does not leave any room for an opinion.
        3. Who can be delivered when the name of Jesus is diluted to fit our opinion of who and what Christ is like?
        4. How can we save the world when all the world’s impurities have been imported into the Church?
    4. “Christianity” is a recognizable lifestyle.
      1. There should be one definition and one picture of a mature Christian just as there is one brand of McDonald’s and Church’s Chicken [that’s recognizable].
      2. Christ in the believer is an extension of who Christ is, therefore, signs and miracles follow the believer; this is what causes transformation, deliverance, and change.
      3. Mature believers are formed in the image and likeness of God; that which is found only in the word of God.

© 2013 George Matthews Ministries