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Feb 13

The Road to Maturity – Part 3

Let Perseverance Finish it’s Work

James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

In the previous two newsletters we learned that a believer’s journey starts at infancy, transitions into youth (adolescence) and culminates with sonship (maturity). Divine transitions are never easy and they certainly aren’t fast. This is why we must allow God to cleanse us of the spiritual entities that hinder us and form Christ’s character in us. If we choose not to cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He takes us through this season we will not transition into maturity.

A Very Encouraging Prophetic Word

The Creation is Waiting

Romans 8:14-19 “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.”

We are About to be Revealed

The original Greek word translated as “revealed” in Romans 8:19 is the word “apokalupsis,” which simply means “disclosure.” In other places throughout the New Testament it is also translated as “appearing,” “coming,” “enlighten,” and “revelation.” The definition assigned to its root word is, “to take off the cover.” When we come across the word “apokalupsis” in Scripture, it has to do with the exposing of something that has been hidden from view, or bringing into light that which has been kept in obscurity. In this passage it is clear that what has been hidden and held in obscurity are the sons of God! The revelation of sonship has been hidden from the church up until now but this about to change.

The Sons of God

What does the title ‘the sons of God’ mean? The designation ‘sons’ can be interpreted in several different ways, but in the original language, Paul was very careful in his choice of words. For the word “sons” Paul carefully chose the word “huios” rather than the word “teknion” (which means infant) or “teknon” (which speaks of a child or a youth) because he was not referring to mere children. “Huios” specifically speaks of matured, fully developed sons, or those who have come of age into full maturity. Of the three words, “huios” is the only word that the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to use when he spoke of those to be manifested as sons of God in Romans 8.

The manifestation of the sons of God will not be the disclosure of God’s offspring in the infant stage (teknion) or the adolescent stage (teknon)…No, it shall be a manifestation of those who have come to the full stature of Christ; nothing less than Christ’s own perfection (that’s maturity)!

Sonship

The Greek word for sonship, “Huiothesia”, means “Son Placement,” and indicates the time when a male child reached what was considered “the age of maturity” (somewhere around 30). At this time, the father of the young man would place his hand on the head of hi