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“Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.”

 

“Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained”

“Nevertheless” has the idea of “just one more thing.” This brings out the main point of the maturity process under discussion. Every true Christian grows to some degree. The extent to which we grow, we use to grow further. Past development is the basis for future growth—the more solid the base, the more sturdy the superstructure.

The word “attained” means to arrive at. Those who had grown in Christ in Philippi had come only so far. Further growth was necessary. Once some Christians realize they have grown, they neglect further growth. After growing for a while, they sidetrack from growth. The most dangerous period of human development is the adolescent period. That is the time when we think we know everything. A little knowledge is dangerous because it deludes us into believing we have arrived.

PRINCIPLE: 

The Christian should develop a pattern of constantly building on past growth.

APPLICATION: 

Have we detected any growth in our lives? Have we built spiritual strength? We ought to be better Christians this year than we were last year. What are we eating spiritually? How do we exercise our Christian life? Are we on a spiritual diet? There does not appear to be any biblical justification for a spiritual diet! We need to eat the proper spiritual food (the Word of God). We also need the right kind of exercise. Have we leveled out in our growth? Is our growth growing on the basis of past growth?

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