'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
During our 'devotions' for the month of March, 2020, let's see what 'maturity' looks like in believers.
Then, in a future post series, we shall develop the 'topic' in more detail.
[Ephesians 4:32; Galatians 6:9; 2 Peter 3:18] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Second Look and, due to the substance in this post, the post is for both Sunday, March 15, 2020 and March 29, 2020. and Scripture Additions, added by SMQ for your edification. Please take your time. Amen. Amen.
“Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 3:18 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
[Excerpts from Morning and Evening Daily Devotions, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1855]
“Grow in grace”—not in one grace only, but in all grace."
[Please note. More shall be posted to explain this in a 'future post series'. In a nutshell, 'grace' is God’s enabling for various ministries through gifts he gives, like the Apostle Paul’s gift which included speaking as an apostle. [Romans 1:5] Similarly in Romans 15:15–16 Paul says, “Grace was given me from God, to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles.” See also 1 Corinthians 12. It is as a result of Jesus' accomplishment of the 'atonement', and is 'received by faith'.] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
"Grow in that root-grace, faith. Believe the promises more firmly than you have done. Let faith increase in fulness, constancy, simplicity." [Hebrews 11:6 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html]
[Please note. Ephesians 2:8-9, 'saving faith' is given to all. The 'gift' of 'faith, however, as in 1 Corinthians 12, may be defined as the special gift whereby the Spirit provides Christians with extraordinary confidence in God’s promises, power, and presence so they can take heroic stands for the future of God’s work in the church. The 'spiritual gift of faith' is exhibited by one with a strong and unshakeable confidence in God, His Word, and His promises. Examples of people with the gift of faith are those listed in Hebrews chapter 11.]
"Grow also in love. Ask that your love may become extended, more intense, more practical, influencing every thought, word, and deed." [See 1 Corinthians 13] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
"Grow likewise in humility. Seek to lie very low, and know more of your own nothingness. As you grow downward in humility, seek also to grow upward—having nearer approaches to God in prayer and more intimate fellowship with Jesus."
[Get rid of 'pride'! Proverbs 22:4; Luke 14:11; Philippians 2:3-11; James 4:6] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
"May God the Holy Spirit enable you to “grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour.” He who grows not in the knowledge of Jesus, refuses to be blessed. To know him is “life eternal,” and to advance in the knowledge of him is to increase in happiness. He who does not long to know more of Christ, knows nothing of him yet. Whoever hath sipped this wine will thirst for more, for although Christ doth satisfy, yet it is such a satisfaction, that the appetite is not cloyed, but whetted." [John 4:14; 17:3] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
[Growing in the Knowledge of Jesus means one is maturing in their faith, having greater understanding of the Scriptures, no longer just focused on the 'basics'. More on this in a future post.]
"If you know the love of Jesus—as the hart panteth for the water-brooks, so will you pant after deeper draughts of his love. If you do not desire to know him better, then you love him not, for love always cries, “Nearer, nearer.” [Psalm 42:1-2; John 3; John 15:13] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
"Absence from Christ is hell; but the presence of Jesus is heaven." audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
[See, Luke 16:19-31]
"Rest not then content without an increasing acquaintance with Jesus. Seek to know more of him in his divine nature, in his human relationship, in his finished work, in his death, in his resurrection and acsension, in his present glorious intercession, and in his future royal advent."
"Abide hard by the Cross, and search the mystery of his wounds. An increase of love to Jesus, and a more perfect apprehension of his love to us is one of the best tests of growth in grace." Amen. Amen.
Until April 5, 2020. Take your time. Please. Amen. Amen.
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