It is important to note that in the verses 25-31 God is inviting all evil people to let evil men and women become good.

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Look at the life of David, at the life of Samuel, the life of Paul, any of our patriarch’s.  Our natural inclination is to fall into the maelstrom of thought that these men and all their actions were perfect.  Our patriarch’s were not perfect, but by the power of God they were being driven to perfection continuously through all of their lives.  A lot of the writing in this blog, you may find, is not inviting you to adopt some radical new way of thinking, but is asking you to adjust only slightly what you already know.  Instead of buying a new watch, we are just adjusting it by an hour, getting away from keeping wrong time.

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Our patriarch’s are examples of people who were

  • Born into a life of sin {we are bound by sin at birth}
  • Came to trust The Lord (obedience)
  • And slowly became more and more like Him.  (moving towards teleios)

What is this process?  It could be called maturing into the person The Savior built each of us to be.  Becoming that man or woman He built us to be would be to hit the target He has set for us.  Ephesians chapter four teaches us what it is to grow in Christ, and it also accurately describes what it is to grow in the world.

The world does offer many various forms of growth and maturing in it’s ways.  These patterns of growth vary widely and include spiritual growth such as in various denominations of churches, even voodoo and magic for the very eccentric.  Physical growth like in body building and various sports.  Finally, mental growth as in scholarly institutions, government bodies and corporations.  It is important to note that many of our patriarchs were part of some of these lifestyles but still were uniquely being formed as a child of The Savior.  If you are a bureaucrat or a sports star or a corporate wiz, you are not being judged, you are being invited and encouraged to stand in more faith while continuing in the skill set God has placed under your responsibility.  God reared Daniel in a pagan political field (he was multiple pagan leaders’ most trusted and respected adviser) and God has reared countless unknown others in similar arenas.

According to Ephesians, the man of God will inevitably grow into the likeness of Christ: never proud or boastful, always forgiving, kind, long-suffering, and never fails in the missions set before him or her that are from God even if that mission is to fail at something.  Some glorious day, and presently in some glorious circles, {we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of The Son Of God, to a perfect man,to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.}

 

We are vessels.  The world knows this about us and fills us with the idea of what it looks like to become mature:  Put away the former, childish ways of fantasy, and become a person oriented with the realities of the world.  You must lie to each other sometimes, you must steal in a cunning and guarded way that is difficult for others to pin down, you must malign your neighbors, clients, and co-workers when the time is right in order to achieve greatness, and above all when God is brought up, in order to protect your way of life you must deny the importance of supporting Him.  You must recognize Him as nothing more than a childish fantasy with a following of people who are childish and not connected to reality.  These are the true qualities of the mature man and woman, and what you should seek when finding mates, friendships and business partnerships.  This is safe.  This promises wisdom and honor, fulfillment and self worth.

Convincing, is it not?  That was taken straight out of what the enemy tries to teach us each and every day.  And for a short time or even a season it is safe.   Unfortunately though we reap what we sow.  When that time comes we recognize that tragedy strikes those around us in equal fashion.  This leads us to chalk it up to “the way life is.”  Folks who think like the world are surrounded by the world and do not know anything better than the rhythm of tragedy.

Without faith and hope, worldly folks (including those in our churches, yes, especially us) will never experience what it is like to live life with a light and easy burden.  The world is taught to believe that a light and easy burden either does not exist or is childish and immature.  What a laugh.  Immaturity is the very act of carrying the weight of the world and living through constant tragedy.  Worldly maturity does have it’s rewards, riches and glory, but in the kingdom of God it is childish, a result of pride and can be thwarted by admitting one has not been trying to live in perfection and accepting The Savior as one’s boss again.

Behaving as described is exactly the way one must behave in order for God to lovingly lift His protection, allowing the enemy to do what he does best.  Satan has come to lie, kill, steal and destroy.  Satan uses cunning metaphors and many psychological devices to keep the world sick.

When a person comes to God he or she begins to mature in a different way.  Godly people’s actions begin to illicit hatred from the world around us.  Our spirit begins to grow and in all things we find joy and steadfast love.

When God is bringing us to Teleios, the world will see us as immature.  If you are a pastor, look for this in your congregation and encourage that man or woman.  Spilling the beans is a sign of a man being brought to Teleios.  If you have one of those men in your congregation than you have one of The Savior’s own in your midst.  That man suffers everyday for the sake of the gospel.  Deep within, every Teleios man or woman knows that the behaviors of the world encourage the poisoning of the mind, the filling of God’s vessels with anything except for what it is meant to be filled with.  Housing Yeshua Ha-Mashiak in a suitable home requires a lot of beans spilling.  He knows what beans to throw out and what beans to hold onto.  What kind of crop is growing in your mind?Image result for colors pitcher

  • If one spends their time in and around the things of this world, dedicating themselves to those things or even just skating along without Christ, one will become like the world.
  • Contrary to this, if a man or woman spends most of their time around the things of this world, while just spending a few hours a day in fellowship, scripture, and prayer, the maturing process of God within that man or woman is guaranteed.  Literally guaranteed.  If you spend time with God you will become teleios like if you are alive you will breath.

It is by no work of man that he becomes evil or good, it is the work of the evil or good within the source of a man’s surroundings that does the work.  The only power we have over becoming perfected in evil or perfected in good is to choose to give our life to The Savior.  At that point the impossible to avoid work of Christ in our life will take hold.  It is the rigorous work of truly choosing to give up every day that causes us to live.

Worldly Maturing

Ephesians 4:25-31 (excerpts for listing purposes)  {Therefore, putting away lying…stealing…corrupt communication…bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking}

Godly Maturing

Ephesians 4:13 {Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect (teleios) man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:}

 


Teleios – Cognate: 5046 téleios (an adjective, derived from 5056 /télos, “consummated goal”) – mature (consummated) from going through the necessary stages to reach the endgoal, i.e. developed into a consummating completion by fulfilling the necessary process (spiritual journey). See 5056 (telos).

[This root (tel-) means “reaching the end (aim).” It is well-illustrated with the old pirate’s telescope, unfolding (extending out) one stage at a time to function at full-strength (capacity effectiveness).]

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