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The Stages of Christian Maturity

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1 John 5:4-21

1 John 5:5–21 NET
Now who is the person who has conquered the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? Jesus Christ is the one who came by water and blood—not by the water only, but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify,the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three are in agreement. If we accept the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, because this is the testimony of God that he has testified concerning his Son. (The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has testified concerning his Son.)And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. The one who has the Son has this eternal life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have this eternal life. I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have before him: that whenever we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked from him. If anyone sees his fellow Christian committing a sin not resulting in death, he should ask, and God will grant life to the person who commits a sin not resulting in death. There is a sin resulting in death. I do not say that he should ask about that. All unrighteousness is sin, but there is sin not resulting in death. We know that everyone fathered by God does not sin, but God protects the one he has fathered, and the evil one cannot touch him. We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us insight to know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This one is the true God and eternal life. Little children, guard yourselves from idols.

It is birthed with Faith in/on

Christology
The one who believes that Jesus is the Christ; fully God and fully man
The one who believes that Jesus is both water (Earthly) and blood (Spiritually)
The one who believes in the Testimony of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
The one who Testifies that Jesus is exclusive; way, truth, and life
Ecclesiology
The one who believes in the Body of Christ
The one who tests, questions, and challenges the teachers of the body
The one who uses, applies, and encourages others in their gifts of the Holy Spirit
The one who promotes, protects, and provides the assembly of believers

It is Toddler with Faith in/on

Bibliology
The one who believes that the Bible is God’s Word; Inerrant, infallible, Inspired, and Absolute
The one who believes that the Bible is used for; teaching, correcting, exhorting, and encouraging
The one who believes that the Bible is: authoritative, meditative, and realitative.

It is Teen-aged with Faith in/on

Eschatology
The one who studies and believes the times and the plans of God
The one who studies and believes the promises of God
The one who studies and believes the faithfulness of God
The one who studies and believes the assurances of God
Angelology/Pneumatology
The one who tests, challenges, and questions the spirits
The one who observes, researches, and concludes the collisions of earthly and spiritual beings
The one who observes, researches, and concludes the workings and battles of the Spirits
The one who observes, researches, and concludes the effects of the Spiritual and Earthly realms
The one who observes, researches, and concludes the positions and personals of the Spirits

It is matured with Faith in/on

Anthroplogy
The one who understands the positions of humanity and polity
Hamartiology
The one who understands the differences of; sin, transgression,and inquity
The one who understands the effects, affects, and impact of sin
The one who understands the necessity of blood for liberty and freedom from sin
Soteriology
The one who observes, researches, and believes in the necessity of deliverance
The one who observes, researches, and believes in the repentance and the recanting of rebellion
The one who understands the unions of: Grace and Faith, Faith and Works, Gifts, and Fruits
The one who applies these unions of: Grace and Faith, Faith and Works, Gifts and Fruits

Conclusion

One word begins to formulate from this letter of John, hypocrisy. This word also appears to be the reason that Paul wants us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Fear that we are being hypocrites and trembling that through our hypocrisy people will be lead astray. John is pleading with his congregation to become mature in their faith, and providing a word of warning to gauge our faith. It seems that the more mature we become, the less hypocritical we are.
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