What is spiritual maturity?
Physical maturity is growing into the world, so then spiritual maturity is growing into the spirit which you have been reborn. When we accept Christ as our savior and turn from the world we are reborn into His body where we are assigned a task. Consider the human body the physical that you can see, touch, smell and hear, it is made of matter.
Everything around that has weight and takes up space is made of matter. Matter takes on several different forms, namely; solid, liquid or gas. There are currently 118 elements that occur in nature, and a few that are man made. All the elements are made of atoms which make up all matter. Our whole physical being is a congruity of atoms that makes us who we are and what you can see.
Remember when Jesus told Nicodemus at John 3 that he must be reborn. Nicodemus replied incredulously, "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" Jesus answered "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
This saying has caused many other Christians to fight each other over baptism and the spiritual rebirth that Jesus talks of here. But "Denominational Divergence" is sin and is carnal at it's core there is no accord among denominational believers that truly demonstrates this spiritual state of being reborn that Jesus talks of. Unless of course we consider the bible itself, but then there is incongruity there as well. So back to the question at hand; what is spiritual maturity?
The early church also experienced divisiveness which Paul had to address on more than one occasion. In 1 Corinthians 3 Paul talks of spiritual maturity when he says; "Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ". That was to the Corinthians, would he say the same thing to the thousands of denominations that exist today? I think he is, saying it, through those words recorded in the first century to the first church people that held Christ as their banner. He said; "I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready".
Not ready! Why are they not ready? Lets read further to find out, shall we...
You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men?
Wow the similarity to that saying in today's Christian culture is amazing to say the least. One is a Baptist while another is an Episcopalian while yet another is a gasp _______(fill in the blank). The point is that "Denominational Divergence" is not only sin, but spiritual immaturity as well. Allow me to submit also that there would be no such thing as Christian Apologist's if all followed Christ' example given in the scriptures of the Holy Bible that is the word of God to believers everywhere upon this earth.
The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
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