Children are sweet and a treasure to hold. We all agree that grown-ups are very distinct from Children. We all start up as children and then we gradually become all grown. In the natural, children are cared for by their parents. They are fed, taught, led and instructed. They are given set of rules to adhere strictly to primarily because they do not know their left from their right, much more right from wrong. Infants are fed with milk and liquid food because they are not mature enough to eat meat and crack bones. Gradually, these little infants grow until they are of full age. They are now equipped enough to chew meat and crack bones because they have grown teeth. Their parents entrust them with greater responsibilities because they now have a sense of good judgement- at least adequate enough to make right decisions. They are not treated like toddlers anymore and the little things their parents once overlooked may not necessarily be overlooked anymore being that their parents expect they should know better. These are the stages of physical growth which are similar to growth in the Spirit but in the spiritual sense of cause.

I have been looking at this scripture for a while now

“Strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by the reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” Hebrews 5:14

At first, I couldn’t really understand it, but thank God for the Holy Ghost who teaches us all things. I want to relate this to sonship!

God is our Father! Jesus came to make us joint-heirs and Sons of God. Sonship is being led by God’s spirit. Sonship takes a process. Most believers after being born again, start up as children and then grow gradually into maturity. They grow up to become Sons! I’d like to make reference to this:

“And the Child {Jesus} grew, and waxed strong in Spirit filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him” Luke 2:40

This is my perfect description of spiritual growth. This is the process of Sonship I’m talking about. Every believer is to wax strong in spirit, be filled with wisdom and God’s grace. It’s no news that our spirit man is the real man and so, it is this man that is to grow to the fullness of the measure of the stature of Christ. Jesus came not only to purge us completely of our sins but to make us like Him. Truth is, we all do not start at that point. We are supposed to grow- to wax strong in Spirit! This is the process where the Spirit man dominates the body and soul! This is the process where the Spirit man mortifies the deeds of the flesh- the body subject to sin. This is where the Spirit man is in control!

Back to our ‘strong meat’ scripture, men of full age, men that have grown, Sons, can be trusted by God to discern between good and evil. They have so built up their Spirit man to the extent that they can sense evil miles away. They can sense dirt buried deep down in a rap of Gold.

As we grow in grace, faith, love and purity, Abba entrusts greater responsibilities into our hands. He commits large things into our hands. He treats us like every father will treat His grown up son. The hard part also is, when we err, He chastens us because He doesn’t want us to perish like unbelievers. Haha! This is the strong meat I’m talking about. The good part of this also is that, He chastens us in LOVE so that at the end, we will not be a cast away! He chastens us for our own profit that at the end, we will be partakers of His holiness and may reign with Him in the World to come. If only believers recognise that chastisement is not condemnation but an act of love, they will not see it as punishment. God will never ever ever ever again punish you if you err. Jesus has taken on Himself, the punishment for your sins. However, He will chasten you. We know that God is love and whatever He does is done in Love. Jesus learnt Obedience by the things He suffered. Haha! Yes the Son of God LEARNT OBEDIENCE. If we are to relate with God as Sons, he will toughen us and shake us and stretch us and yet pour out His love and grace in us. Like Gold through fire, you’d come out holier and wiser. Like someone once said, “God gives His hardest battles to His toughest soldiers.” I couldn’t agree more!

Now, the big question is, How does one wax strong in Spirit.

(A) Study your bible and meditate on the Word

(B) Pray often in the Holy Ghost (in tongues or and in human language as the Spirit leads). You build up your Spirit man by this.

(C) Feed Your spirit man with things that will build it rather than deaden it. If your Spirit is still young, protect your eye and ear gates jealously.

This is why John told the Church to grow in grace and in the Knowledge of Jesus. This is that we may attain Sonship. That we may not be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. That we may be like Jesus in every ramification. That He (Jesus) may present us to God as a church Holy, spotless and blameless. 🙂

We cannot deny that sin grieves God. If Christ who fully paid for the purging of our sins sees us continue in it even with His God-like nature in us because we allow our flesh control us, aren’t we saying to God that His son’s sacrifice on the cross was a waste?

So beloved, I leave you with the words of John the beloved and Apostle Paul

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. To Him be all the glory both now and for ever. Amen!” 1 John 3:18

“If you live after the flesh, you will die but if you through the Spirit mortify the deeds of the flesh, you shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit, they are the SONS of God” Romans 8:13&14


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