8348 spiritual growth, nature of

8348 spiritual growth, nature of

Having given spiritual life to his people, God expects them to grow to maturity.

God desires the spiritual growth of his people

Mt 5:48; Heb 6:1 See also 2Co 13:9-11; Eph 1:4; Eph 2:10; Eph 3:17-19; Php 3:12; 1Th 4:1,7; 2Ti 1:9

Christlikeness is the goal of spiritual growth

Ro 8:29 See also Eph 4:13-15; Php 2:5; 1Jn 3:2-3

Aspects of spiritual growth

Growth in grace 2Pe 3:18 See also Pr 4:18; 1Pe 2:1-3

Growth in faith 2Th 1:3 See also 2Co 10:15

Growth in love 1Th 3:12 See also Ro 5:5; 1Co 14:1; Php 1:9; 1Th 4:9-10; Heb 10:24; 1Jn 4:7-21; 1Jn 5:1-3

Growth in understanding Ps 119:27; 1Co 14:20 See also Ps 119:97-99; Ro 12:2; Ro 16:19; 1Co 13:11; Eph 1:17-19; Php 1:9-10; Col 1:9; Heb 5:14

Growth in holiness 2Co 7:1 See also Eph 5:25-26; Heb 2:11; Heb 10:10-14; Heb 12:14; Heb 13:12; 1Pe 1:15-16

Growth in fruitfulness Jn 15:16 See also Mt 13:23 pp Mk 4:20 pp Lk 8:15; Jn 15:2,8; Php 1:11; Col 1:10

Growth in contentment Php 4:11-12 See also 1Ti 6:6; Heb 13:5

Examples of spiritual growth

In individuals 1Sa 2:26 Samuel; Lk 1:80 John the Baptist Jesus Christ: Lk 2:40,52 Paul: Ac 9:22; 1Co 9:26-27; Php 3:12-14
Ac 18:26 Apollos; Phm 11 Onesimus; 3Jn 2-3 Gaius

In the church Ac 9:31; Ac 11:26; Ac 16:5; 2Co 10:15; Col 1:6; 1Th 2:13; 2Th 1:3

See also

4450fruit
5904maturity, spiritual
6744sanctification
7027church, purpose
8102abiding in Christ
8114discipleship
8164spirituality
8206Christlikeness
8255fruit, spiritual
8258fruitfulness, spiritual
8266holiness
8320perfection

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