Becoming a Mature Saint

Sainthood is about more than just getting saved and missing the Lake of Fire. Most saints never discover who they are or what power they possess. Why is that?

  1. A saint is first made by an act of belief. (trust). Eph 2:8-10, Rom 4:3-5, Eph 1:13-14, 1Co 15:1-4,11, Act 16:28-31

2. The new saint immediately inherits new attributes.  He or she is a being that has never existed before. 2 Cor 5:17-21, Col 2:10-11, Eph 1:3-4

3. Many, if not most new saints fall back into their old flesh patterns, never developing their abilities or really learning who they are in Christ.  Typically they get sidetracked and fall into compromise and/or religious apostasy.  Many people in this group continue solving the same spiritual and/or personal problems over and over again. 1 Cor 3:1-5, Rom 10:1-4, 2 Tim 4:3-4, Col 2:6-7

4. Occasionally a saint, relentless for the truth, begins to grow.  This, however, requires a willingness to learn the truth, study and often find a mentor from within the Body of Christ.  Act 17:11, 2 Tim 2:15-16, 2 Tim 1:5-7

5. The mature saint must know who his adversary is and understand which fights to engage and which fights to avoid. Eph 6:12-20, 2 Tim 2:14, 2 Tim 2:23, Tit 3:9

6. The mature saint is unashamed of his message. Rom 1:16, 1 Cor 1:18-21

7. The mature saint is less concerned about his personal welfare than he is about the welfare of others, particularly in the area of spiritual growth. Rom 1:9-12

8. The mature saint is level-headed and a thinker.  He doesn’t follow every wind of doctrine – he studies the Word-of-God relentlessly so he knows his doctrine. 2 Tim 3:13-17

9. The mature saint is more concerned about what the Word of God says than he is about his own experience.  He allows the Word of God to establish his doctrine rather than using it to substantiate it. Acts 17:11

10. The mature saint is fully convinced of his doctrine, grounded and settled and is not kicked around by every fly-by-night religionist that comes around.  Col 2:1-10