Thursday, October 30, 2008

Spiritual Maturity

A quote from my pastor's sermon last night (October 29, 2008):
Spiritual maturity is a divinely-given ability to see things as they really are.

In other words, the spiritually mature person is not deceived by the world; does not have separate mental categories for the Bible and reality. The mature person sees that the Bible is reality.

Those sermons are usually posted online within a few days after delivery.


Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

What your pastor defines as spiritual maturity is what we Orthodox define as the gift of prophecy, seeing thing as they really are. The notion that prophecy only includes knowing things about the future is somewhat a limitation. The reason that prophets also can often see the future is, the more we see things as they really are, the more the veil of time itself thins before our eyes, and we begin to see as God Himself sees, things not chopped up by moments, but as they really are. Sorry, but I'm trying to say something I don't have vocabulary for.

The mature person sees the Bible as reality, and so it is. Every thought must be brought into submission to Christ, who is all in all. Though salvation comes to us in a lightning flash (Greek "astrapí tis theótitos"), the reality of it dawns on us gradually.

Jim Swindle said...

Thanks for fascinating thoughts. I think you're right.