Rev. Benjamin Arazu
Growing in Christ — Listen carefully to what the Scripture says, and means
Preaching Christ to Make “Every Man Perfect” in Him
Whenever we see the word “that” in Scripture we should listen carefully because we are about to be told the “why”, the reason, the purpose behind what was just stated.
Now Paul writes, “Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom.”
Why do you do it, Paul? What makes you tick? What motivates you? What are you driving at? What is the point?
What is the goal?
“That we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” (That show us also the part a pastor and local church play in our spiritual growth..)
Now when we see the word “perfect” here, let us understand that the sense of the word does not mean sinless perfection, but rather, spiritual maturity. Perfection, according to Paul, is spiritual adulthood.
It is the full-knowledge of Christ. Our faith will not be effective without the full-knowledge of who we are in Christ.
Phm 1:6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
Recall that in I Corinthians 13:10-12, Paul talks about it. He says, “When that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.” He then talks about speaking, understanding, and thinking like a child until he became a man, and then he put the childish things away.
And he talks about seeing through a glass darkly versus seeing face to face.
What does it all mean? Spiritual maturity, coming to the full-knowledge of Christ.
As children we only see in part; that is immaturity. Perfection is seeing face to face. That is intimacy. Seeing Who face to face? Seeing Christ – and I do not take that to mean seeing the Lord after I die. That has nothing to do with spiritual maturity, that is the natural direction of life.
Paul declares that the light of the knowledge of the glory of God has shone in our hearts already, and can be seen in the face of Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 4:6).
We are talking about seeing Christ in the Scriptures, seeing Christ in our hearts, seeing Christ in our circumstances, seeing Christ in our brothers and sisters, seeing Christ at work in the world around us.
To see all things of Him, all things through Him, and all things to Him (Romans 11:36) is spiritual perfection.
Romans 11:36 Paul sums up the preeminence of Christ into three expressions:
“Of Him… through Him… to Him… are ALL THINGS.”
When we see Christ as All in All then it will be impossible for us to ever again be reduced to the small, the trivial, the petty things which occupy us and waste so much of our time.
Our only hope is seeing a Christ that fills us, a Christ that is greater than us, a Christ that is larger than we can fathom, an indescribable Christ that overshadows, overwhelms, and consumes us through and through!
When we feed on Christ, we grow up into Him!
Hence His word is given different concepts.
Romans 10:8, the word of Faith. He is the author and finisher of faith (Hebrews 12:2). Faith comes by hearing Him (Romans 10:17).
It is referred to as the Word of Grace (Acts 20: 28). He is Grace(Titus 2:11). Grace is no doctrine (same with faith). It is a Person.
It is called the Word of Life- 1 John 1: 1-3. He is Life.
The Doctrine of Righteousness- Hebrews 5:14. He is our Righteousness.
Spiritual Growth starts when we look in His Word, focus on Him and Not us.
As we focus on the Word, The Word focuses on US!
Then we aren’t just positionally changed but conditionally changed and transformed.
Blessed? Say I focus on the Word and allow the word of Christ to work through my life, I grow up in Him!
Jesus is lord, We win!
Be the bearers of love in a harsh world
Chamber music concert April 21 at First Presbyterian Church
Mark Hoffmann brings swing music to Trinity Community Coffee House
Importance of one lost sheep
- 4:00pm 04/21/18Schall sings in Constableville
- 4:00pm 04/21/18Vernon church hosts sales
- 4:00pm 04/21/18Annual BBQ at Steuben Methodist Church April 28
- 4:00pm 04/21/18Church offers free meal April 28
- 4:00pm 04/21/18Church to hold pasta dinner
- 4:00pm 04/21/18Be the bearers of love in a harsh world
- 4:00pm 04/14/18Chamber music concert April 21 at First Presbyterian Church
- 4:00pm 04/14/18Mark Hoffmann brings swing music to Trinity Community Coffee House
- 4:00pm 04/14/18Spring bag sale in Lee Center
- 4:00pm 04/14/18‘God, etc.’ series starts Monday