Christian Maturity


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The key thought of this book will be found in two passages. “Now in putting everything in subjection to man, he left nothing outside his control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see Jesus” (Heb. 2:8-9). Note: “not yet…everything… in subjection to him,” but “we see Jesus.” Here is the pledge and the power that everything will be in subjection to the one who, instead of looking at his failures, his sins, his immaturities, looks at Jesus—the answer to our sins and immaturities and the pledge of our maturity. The other passage is this: “You have come to fullness of life in him” (Col. 2:10). These two passages are the basis of Christian maturity: here we see man, given the possibility of subjecting everything under his control, but not yet arriving at his full destiny, but we see Jesus as the pledge of that arriving, and that man will “come to fullness of life in him.”People can usually squeeze out of my books the substance of them in about two years, hence the two-year spacing of my books. One year is spent in immersing myself in the subject and another year in writing. But if my books can be exhausted in about two years, I have the consolation that I am introducing my readers to the Inexhaustible! If you ask my definition of maturity, I give you not a verbal but a vital definition: Jesus! He is Incarnate Maturity.