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Do Christians Mature

Does the soul mature during ones lifetime? Does the spirit within man mature during ones lifetime? The physical attributes of a person obviously mature such as the mind & body but do the metaphysical aspects of humanity mature during a lifetime?

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I do not about this metaphysical, I don't know about that. But unless you are born-again there will never, ever be true maturity. Because here we are speaking about spiritual maturity. That my friend, you can only have through a great relationship with the Lord thy God. Which by the way,is what's wrong with the world today. Nothing but babies with all the answers.
---catherine on 6/27/07

Debbie Jo you have obviously taken the time to do your homework concerning this subject & have presented your response very well. I have enjoyed reading it, Thank you for sharing.
---Josef on 6/27/07

The soul is the most precious thing to God. To lose your soul to this world is the worse thing. But remember the soul must be part of Jesus Christ where the Holy Spirit can reign then God will help you mature. He is the author and perfector of your faith. Your soul must be born-again without that the soul is corrupt and deceitful.

It is a wonderful thing to belong to Jesus, the peace and protection despite trials reaps an eternal reward forever.

God Bless Jacqueline
---Jacqueline on 6/18/07

The soul does mature but we can be tricked by the devil, at any time. This is why we need a Savior. Sin will never be done away with because we are no match for satan. We lean and depend on Jesus, to help us resist the tempter. We can resist satan but in moments of weakness, we fall and give in to sin. This happens to the mature and immature Christians. The immature Christians(lambs) are more vulnerable. It takes more to snare a mature sheep. Lucifer knows this, he wants the babies(lambs).
---Robyn on 6/17/07

#1 The Apostle Paul prays two very important prayers in Ephesians, the second one in chapter 3 is probably the most important prayer he prayed for the ephesians saints and for us. It is concerning our spiritual growth, which is the growth we should be concerned about. Ephesians 3:16-19 -- #1 The apostle prays for us, 3:16 - to be strengthened with might by His(Gods) Spirit in the inner man,
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#2 This is threefold,(1) strengthened with might (dynamite); (2) strengthened by His Spirit, by the operation of the Holy Spirit; and (3) strengthened in the inner man. There is no liberty here for the flesh. Only the new man, the inner man, can know Gods dynamite. He may know it and never have a want. The Spirit deals only with the new creation; for God dealt with the old creation once though the death of Christ on Calvary - Rom.6:6.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#3 This explains why so many saints never grow and learn the Lord. They hold that they are in the place of the first Adam, by being cleansed from sin and the carnal mind. They claim that the old man is taken out, root and branch. Of course, that supposedly sanctified old creation can never be filled with God. Only one class of believers ever learn Christ and His fullness: They who know by experience the two natures in believers; and count the one dead and the other only, the inner man, alive.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#4 What Paul is praying for is more than the anointing with the Spirit. This prayer is be in behalf of those , who have already received the Spirit after the fashion of the early Church. The prayer of Paul for the Colossians is thus answered in our lives - Col.1:10,11. The Christ life grows stronger and stronger. Finally, the self-life, by being reckoned dead, is brought under subjection to the inner man who is controlled entirely by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#1 Eph. 3:17 - #2 - That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith. Christ dwells in every believer, but most believers dont experience it. Christ does not dwell in all His people in the same sense meant here. He should dwell in us, not only as a Visitor or Guest, but as Possessor and Director of the house. Christ keeps us. We all have a babes experience of salvation at first; but our Savior in not a baby. When we learn of Him fully, He assumes full control of our affections, desires, sorrows and joys.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#2 Our whole heart is gladly yielded to Him and filled with His love. We learn also, that our salvation isnt a baby which needs to be kept by our own puny power, for Christ is our Salvation and lives in us. He is our life. It is no longer I that live, but Christ liveth in me,- Gal. 2:20.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#1 #3 - Eph. 3:17 - Being rooted and grounded in love is the third part of the prayer, roots and foundations are usually invisible. Likewise, this is a deeply hidden and unappreciated experience in the Lord. It is not at all showy. Only the resulting growth and structure are seen. Roots go down by growing, which is slow, silent, and imperceptible. It takes time to lay a good firm foundation. Roots begin above and grow downward. Foundations begin deep and are built upward.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#2 - Likewise, our rooting and grounding in divine love requires time, work, and patience. The flesh doesnt like it. This happens as we study Gods Word with a sincere heart, wanting to know and to do His will. We learn the nature and process of spiritual rooting. We are moistened and strengthened by the spirit, and fed and nourished by the Word. Faith holds firmly to the Truth. Rooting and grounding are coupled together.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#3 In the spiritual, it seems that the rooting comes first. Hence, it is named first. The roots, deeply grown and holding strongly beneath, become the deeply laid foundation. Therefore, when we are rooted in the love of Christ, we are fixed and firm like a great temple, steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the works of the Lord, - I Cor.15:58. Rooted and grounded in His love explains Christ dwelling in the heart by faith.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#4 Christ cannot dwell in us without us being rooted and grounded in love; and we cannot become rooted and grounded except by Christ dwelling in us by faith.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#1 #4 - Eph. 3:18 - May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; the rooting and grounding speaks of depth and height, there can be no real going down and building up, without also a corresponding breadth and length. He prays that we may be able to comprehend it. He wants us to grab hold of this love, put our arms of faith around it, and understand it by experience.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#2 - This is actually understanding the love of Christ. In fellowship. It is a sense of his love toward us, and a response of our love for Him. It means much more than knowing Christ as the Savior, or as Healer, or as the Anointer with the Spirit, or the One who answers prayers. The first part of verse nineteen connects closely with this verse and completes it.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

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#1 - #5 - Eph. 3:19A - And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. The Greek word for and here is te, which means even rather than and. Paul prays that we may know even the knowledge, surpassing love of Christ. The Greek adjective hyperballousan, here translated passeth, is also unique. The verb, which it comes from means to throw, or hurl over or beyond a mark; to excel all bounds; to reach the zenith; to be over and above and beyond the highest point.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#2 - The love of Christ, which he prays about excel all limits. It goes far beyond any idea of our redeemed mind. By Divine grace, that love springs up in a human heart, reaches and soars to meet God, and goes beyond our knowledge. Note especially I Cor.13:2. Many Christian workers possess these in some degree, but they come up short in the love area. This way of divine love excels all the gifts, and is greater than Bible history and doctrine, and goes beyond mountain moving faith.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#3 - This love of Christ, smiles at gifts, achievements, knowledge, and miracle-working faith. All are good in their places, but love and rises to meet and respond to the great heart of Jehovah in whose love it is lost. It becomes intoxicated with His personal attention and tender care.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#1 - #6 - Eph. 3:19b - That ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. How full is all the fulness of God? What does it mean to be filled unto all the fulness of God? Perhaps it is like other spiritual blessings, it must be experienced to be understood. No one can understand the new birth until he is born again. No one knows how good it feels to be healed by the Lord, until he lets the Lord heal him. Saints cant be filled with divine fullness, if they do not accept divine healing.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

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#2 - Saints who refuse the infilling of the Spirit cant be filled with Gods fullness. The Holy Spirit is the Chief Agent in making us full. He must come into our bodies, His temples, and abide. We see, that first of all, we must be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inward man, as a necessary preparation for all that follows, 3:16 We must be initially filled with the Sprit, in order to be filled with the fulness of God.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#3 - It requires only an act of simple faith to be filled with the Spirit, for He is the Fathers Gift to believers. But to be filled with all Gods fullness requires many continuous acts of faith; for it is a growth process over time. All who believe in healing and Pentecost and Jesus coming are not filled with all the fullness of God. Some of them seem to be filled with foolishness, confusion, and conceit. This is so because they have not read and studied Pauls prayers for the saints.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#4 - Jesus Christ spake a wonderful word to the devil. He quoted from saying, Deut.8:3; Matt. 4:4. It requires Gods entire Word, to answer the apostles prayer. If we eat all the Truth; if we believe all the Word of the Lord; if we yield to all its instructions, prohibitions, and admonitions; then we will grow into all the fulness of God. We will learn how to walk, work, talk, teach, and what to say. This Bible path is narrow and slow.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#5 - It involves suffering, because it is hard on the flesh and is bitterly opposed by Satan. But, the Word which we eat, I Thes.2:1. It gives strength to endure hardness and courage to stand. It brings forth faith; to go through every trial, and over every difficulty. As we eat and believe, we are being filled unto all the fulness of God. When we were filled, our bodies were filled with the Spirit; but here our lives are actually filled up with I Peter 5:10, the grace of all grace.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

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#6 - We become like Jesus, as a Man, who was filled with God. We learn to believe and act like He did; to learn to yield to the Voice and power of the Spirit as Jesus did. We come to have fellowship with the Father even as Jesus did, because as He is, so are we in the world, - I John 4:17. We grow up into Christ. Christ grows up in us. We increase with the increase of God, - Col.2:19.
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

#7 - The Word of Christ dwells in us richly in all wisdom. The Peace of God rules in the heart, Col.3:15,16. Only Christ s the utmost limit of such fullness. Col.2:9,10
---Debbie_Jo on 6/16/07

This is a tough one...never studied up on this one before...ummm

I would say yes...the more your spirit matures the more your "awake" in the spiritual realm...the more you understand the authority and faith you have in God etc...
---mark_B on 6/16/07

When a person gets saved, they don't understand God's power, his word. so they are on milk, as they grow each day in God's word, they wing themselves off of the milk and start on the meat. 1 Cor 3:2, Heb 5:12-14, 1 Peter 2:2.
---Rebecca_D on 6/16/07

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Ryan; Man "is" a soul (as opposed to "having"one) Some mature early,some late some never etc. As far as the metaphysical is concerned it is more a figment of the imagination comming in the back door (so to speak) via mythology. Like saying the dead are still alive!
---1st_cliff on 6/16/07

Yes. If you're only 8 years old in the Lord, your spiritual maturity is usually different from someone that is 40 or 50 years old in the Lord. As children mature differently, so do new Christians. Some Christians repeat their first year of Christianity over and over, for 20 years, with little growth. "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
---Rachel on 6/16/07

Your soul and spirit do mature by getting closer and more intimate with God. Look up: 1 Corinthians 13:11, 1 Corinthians 3:1-3, 1 Peter 2:1-2. God bless.
---Leslie on 6/16/07

Of course, it does--and throughout eternity, too.

One of the most egregioius errors held by pop-evangelicals is instant spiritual maturity (though, in fairness, some have seen through this fallacy).
---Jack on 6/16/07

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