- February 1, 2017
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Spiritual Growth (Continued)
Again, for the spiritual growth, everyone should build himself up on his most holy faith and obtain the Holy Spirit of the LORD and pray to the LORD JESUS CHRIST in the Holy Spirit; everyone should live in the Spirit and walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25). To live before GOD in the Spirit, the gospel is being preached (I Peter 4:6).
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit).”
For the spiritual growth, everyone should hate vain thoughts and love HIS law (Psalm 119:113). They should be wise in what is good and simple about what is evil (Romans 16:19). In regard to malice they should be babes, but in understanding they should be mature (I Corinthians 14:20). No one should be carried about with various and strange doctrines (Hebrews 13:9; Ephesians 4:14; I Timothy 4:1).
In order to grow in the spiritual life, everyone should lay aside all malice, all guile, all deceit, hypocrisies, envies, all evil speakings and all sins and lay apart all filthiness, and superfluity of naughtiness.
“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere (pure) milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”
I Peter 2:1-2
“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”
For the spiritual growth of HIS people: HE (the LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF) gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of CHRIST: till we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of GOD (the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the TRUE GOD), to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of CHRIST (Ephesians 4:11-13).
“And GOD hath set (appointed) some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities (varieties) of tongues.”
I Corinthians 12:28
The LORD JESUS CHRIST our GOD has been appointing the above ministers of GOD for his ministry, for the spreading of HIS glorious gospel and for HIS church. The two important signs of HIS church are miracles and gifts of healings.
Now, for the fullest growth in spiritual life, everyone should grow in the grace, and in the knowledge of our LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST (II Peter 3:18). Also prayer is the heart of the fullest growth in spiritual life. A spiritually grown-up man (holy man) has spiritually six eyes¾eyes of his body, 2; eyes of his mind, 2; eyes of his soul, 2.
The saved GOD’s people set their hope in the living GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST (I Timothy 6:17). Their delight is in doing good works (Ephesians 2:10). They abide and live according to the Word of GOD, the incorruptible seed which lives and abides for ever (I Peter 1:23). They receive the eternal divine life from GOD (St. John 10:10). Their labour for our LORD JESUS will never be in vain (I Corinthians 15:58). Surely all goodness and mercy will follow them all the days of their life (Psalm 23:6) and finally they will receive the glorious crown of righteousness in the kingdom of GOD (II Timothy 4:8).
Now, the spiritual growth or maturity is not Biblical knowledge or Bible study. M.Phil., Ph.D., Th.M., Th.D., M.Div., D.Min., B.D., D.D., or any other degrees do not reveal one’s spiritual growth or maturity. The spiritual growth or maturity is not automatic. The spiritual growth or maturity is not mystical. The spiritual growth or maturity is not instant. The spiritual growth or maturity is openly known to all.
– Sadhu. C. Selva Raj (Appa)