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Newly Born Baby

Saint AthanasiusThis glorious image of Christian spiritual maturity grows 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) of the Coptic Orthodox Church agreed in this statement when he wrote, "God became man in order that man might become God." Though human sin results in death, being conformed to the image of God's son propels Christians into spiritual maturity.✞

Predestined like Jesus

Sagging SkinWhen a person becomes a Christian, the Holy Spirit injects that person with the divine element to complement the human one. Saint Paul wrote in Colossians 1.27 that God's glorious mystery is "Christ in you, the hope of glory." God reformulates a person by changing him or her into something more than a biological child. God is not just a super-human, but a divine being. The Jesus element transforms the human into super humanity. Maturity and spirituality flower 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 can now be charted. The physical begins at conception through birth and matures in the early twenties. From that point on, beauty fades, muscles weaken, skin starts to wrinkle and sag, hair falls out and brain cells diminish into old age, death then dust. For those who have not received Christ, the spiritual line drops to the base and tumbles through death into agonizing eternity. For the Christian, death is merely a doorway into a new and wonderful life with God as a seamless extension of the Christian life.✞

"Christian Spiritual Maturity"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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