1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things”.
Apostle Paul wrote this great chapter in the Bible we call the chapter of love. He described to us vividly what the love of God really is and how we can flow in it.
However, my emphasis in this piece is on Maturity. In verse 11, the great Apostle made a powerful statement about Christian maturity that I want us to carefully consider.
He used himself as an example, and, of course his analysis cuts a picture of most of us. He started by telling us how he behaved as a child and then went ahead to show us the typical behaviour or characteristics of a child.
The Greek word for child as used here is Nepios, meaning an infant or a minor; that is a simple-minded person or an immature Christian. The truth is that all of us started out our Christian journey as Nepios, but the sad part is that many people remain there.
Many people don’t want to grow and this actually causes pain in the heart of God. In the same way, you get worried if you have a child that is 5years old but is not talking, walking and responding to his or her environment.
Let us digress a little and consider another word used in scriptures for children so as not to confuse the two. The word Nepios as used in this verse is different from another Greek word Huios, which means mature or grown up children or sons. For example:
Galatians 3: 26 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
The word children here is Huios, which is exactly what God demands from everyone of us. Hear this:
Galatians 4:1 “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;”
To be continued…
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