Eph 4:11-15 He gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come in unity of faith and knowledge of Jesus, to a perfect man, the measure of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed about with every wind of doctrine, by men in deceitful plotting, but, speaking truth in love, growing in all things to Jesus who is the head, the Christ.
Spiritual growth comes from the Word: 1 Peter 2:1-3 laying aside all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and evil speaking. As newborn babies, desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow if you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
We are born of the Word: 1 Peter 1:23 Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives & abides forever,
We grow by speaking the Word. Eph 4:15-16 speaking truth in love, that we may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ —
Without Love we will not grow: 1 Cor 3:1-4, I could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as carnal babes in Christ. I fed you milk and not solid food; for you were not able to receive it, and even now not because you are still carnal. Where there is envy, strife, and divisions you behave like mere men?
Having no understanding of spiritual things… Eph 4:18-24 their understanding is darkened, alienated from a life of God. Because of the ignorance and blindness of heart being past feelings, have given over to works ofl uncleanness with greed, having no understanding, not learning Christ. If you have heard Jesus and been taught by Jesus as truth: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts. So be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness.
To walk out of love is to walk in darkness a life in death: 1 John 3:13-14 Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. We know we have passed from death to life,…
The perfect man is no longer a child: 1 Cor 13:11-13 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror face to face. Now I know in part, but I shall know as I am known. Now abide in faith, hope, love, but greatest is love.
Peter to all Christians: 2 Peter 1:1-4 To those who obtained like precious faith by the righteousness of Jesus: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in knowledge of God, as His divine power has given to you all things pertaining to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Jesus who called us by glory, which has been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world.
BOTTOM LINE: What Jesus did for us is free for the taking!