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Look at the life of David, at the life of Samuel, the life of Paul and any of our patriarchs and matriarchs. Our natural inclination is to fall into the maelstrom of thought that they and all their actions were perfect. Our patriarchs were not perfect, but by the power of God they were being driven to maturity continuously through all of their lives by living righteously.  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 and 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 Messiah. Ephesians 4 also accurately describes what it is to grow in the world. If there were not any growing in worldly ways, none of us would have been hooked into focusing on them.

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.

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 than you most likely already are, 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 to guide them in maintaining Godly integrity, morals, focus and righteous living that will eventually result in a blossoming of teleios.

According to Ephesians, the man of God will inevitably grow into the likeness of Messiah: 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 teleios man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Messiah.}

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 Messiah:}

 


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).]