Pastor Rasmusson spoke to us today on maturity in Christ through the appropriation of the Word of God and obedience to the Spirit.
I Corinthians 1:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
2: I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
3: For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
Spiritual maturity depends on growth in Christ and is governed by undersatanding of the Word. (Not dependent on how long one has been a Christian, but on how one appropriates the Word to his life.)
Babes in Christ are yet carnal, the mature are spiritual. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. God wants to control us through the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
The emphasis throughout the Old Testament is obedience.
The matter of being spiritual in how we respond to God.
II Corinthians 5:21 For He(God) hath made Him(Jesus Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (Christ).
We will be judged not on our accomplishments but on what we have done with the Person of Jesus Christ.