Monday, October 1, 2012

Grow up into him in all things

Daily Light Devotions - October 1 - Evening

Grow up into him in all things ...

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 1

The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 2 

until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 3 

Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding. "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. 4 

These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God. 5 

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. 6 

1. Eph 4:15; 
2. Mark 4:28; 
3. Eph 4:13; 
4. 2 Cor 10:12,17,18; 
5. Col 2:17-19; 
6. 2 Pet 3:18

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