2017 – FRIDAY 3 FEBRUARY
We are considering the elements of wisdom shown by spiritually mature people.
1 Corinthians 2:6-16
THE WISDOM OF GOD IS A MYSTERY.
“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
1. SPIRITUAL MATURITY LOVES A GREAT MYSTERY
The work of grace demonstrated toward us by God – through Christ’s redeeming sacrifice – is a mystery beyond human comprehension.
God with us, and Christ in us – is too deep for the human mind to naturally understand.
2. SPIRITUAL MATURITY BELIEVES THE MYSTERY
Spiritually mature people believe and comprehend the unfathomable depths of God’s great love. They do not struggle and strain over human reasoning or theological nuances.
They believe – by faith – the revelation and record of God.
Thus they speak.
Their mantra is – Christ in me the hope of glory.
3. SPIRITUAL MATURITY KNOWS THAT ALL THINGS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED
The work of redemption was predestined and signed, sealed and settled, before time began.
Spiritually mature people know their steps are eternally ordered by God – and speak that way.
4. SPIRITUAL MATURITY DOES NOT CONTINUALLY CRUCIFY CHRIST.
Spiritually mature people know that Christ has been raised to Heaven and crowned with all glory and honour.
They move from the cross to the crown – and know absolutely that the one to whom all glory has been given – now wants to glorify Himself through his saints ruling and reigning on earth.
SPIRITUALLY MATURE PEOPLE LIVE AS THE EXPLANATION OF THE “GOD WITH US” MYSTERY.
And sometimes they may even use words.
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