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TCH MINI-STUDY: 27
 
CHRISTIAN MATURATION MOVES TOWARD
CHRISTLIKENESS AND PERFECTION
 
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God (Heb 6:1).
 
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Php 3:12-14).
 
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled (Mat 5:6).
 
Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily (Col 1:28-29).
 
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love (Ephesians 4:11-16).
 
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear (Mar 4:26-28).
 
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2).
 
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love (Eph 4:13-16).
 
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It is June, 2020, and much of the world is full of
anger and rebellion against the authority of God and
man.  Look at how God the Father views authority!
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"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.
For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are
ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power,
resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall
receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a
terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not
be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou
shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God
to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid;
for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister
of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth
evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for
wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay
ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending
continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all
their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to
whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to
whom honour."
(Romans 3:1-7).