Christian maturity is infinitely more than successful self-improvement! “Without me ye can do nothing.” Never were words more explicit, less ambiguous; and their source is unimpeachable!

Jesus could not have spoken more simply yet no words uttered by him are more profound. The Christian needs his Saviour as lungs need breath, the heart blood, the body energy. Without his Saviour the Christian is a cipher. All he needs he finds in Jesus Christ, all God offers is given in Jesus Christ. Without his Saviour the Christian has nothing, with Him he has everything.

Christian Maturity And A Person

This is not oversimplification, it is the deepest truth in Scripture, the distilled essence of all the Scriptures teach. Does the Christian need life? Jesus Christ is his life. Does he seek wisdom? In Jesus Christ are “stored up all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Does he long for righteousness? Christ has been made “our righteousness.” Does his soul hunger? Jesus Christ is the “true bread.” Is his spirit barren, arid? Jesus Christ is unto him a “fountain of living water.” God’s total resources for man’s total need have been made available in the person of Jesus Christ. These are not professional clichés, they are the truth of God. If by reason of thoughtless use they sound smug or pat or stereotyped, let the perfunctory handling be judged, not the words, for they are the very substance of Christian maturity. They are the key to effective Christian education.

Reduced to simplest terms the theme of the Bible is man’s failure to conform to the divine expectation and God’s provision to reclaim that cosmic default. The heart of this reclamation is the fact that God’s provision centers not in precepts, but in a Person. Man’s frightful loss ...

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