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New Born Baby

Saint AthanasiusThis glorious image of Christian spiritual maturity grew in us according to Romans 8.29, "for those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son." Saint Athanasius of Alexandria (269-373 AD) of the Coptic Orthodox Church wrote, "God became man in order that man might become God." Though human sin resulted in death, being conformed to the image of God's son propelled Christians into spiritual maturity.

Predestined like Jesus

Sagging SkinWhen a person became a Christian, the Holy Spirit injected that person with the divine element to complement the human one. Saint Paul wrote in Colossians 1.27 that God's glorious mystery was "Christ in you, the hope of glory." God reformulated a person by changing him or her into something more than a biological child. God was not just a super-human, but a divine being. The Jesus element transformed the human into super humanity. Maturity and spirituality flowered from the divine component within the mortal frame.

Newly Born to Death

Newly Born BabyOn this basis, the life pattern of the average human being could now be charted. The physical began at conception through birth and matured in the early twenties. From that point on, beauty began to fade, muscles weakened, skin started to wrinkle and sag, hair fell out and brain cells diminished into old age, death then dust. For those who have not received Christ, the spiritual line dropped to the base and tumbled through death into agonizing eternity. For the Christian, death was merely a seamless extension of the Christian life, a doorway into a new and wonderful life with God.

"Christian Spiritual Maturity"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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