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, so that we may no longer be children. Ephesians 4:13-14
Human reason enjoys finding fault with the messengers of God’s Word. It can quickly detect if these teachers’ lives and habits aren’t consistent with the absolutely pure teachings that they proclaim. Somehow, reason can judge their lives on the basis of their doctrine while, at the same time, rejecting their doctrine. In this way, our enemies complain that they’re always hearing the gospel from us but not seeing behavior that matches it. They say we preach one thing and do another.
But our critics should remember that human beings are merely creatures with the ability to reason. Yet God has given these human beings the authority to rule over all of creation (Genesis 1:28). Now look at little babies. Where is this mighty authority God has given to them? Infants are the most pitiful of all living beings. They can’t help themselves in the least. They depend solely on outside help; otherwise, they would die. Despite their helplessness, babies still possess authority over all creation. Although we can’t easily see this authority, the hope and promise of it remain. So the parents cherish, nourish, and take care of the children so that whey they grow up and become strong, they can take on this authority.
Just as all people begin life as a weak baby does and mature over time, the same is true for all believers regarding spiritual matters. Day by day, we grow in our faith and by our faith. We keep growing until we eventually meet our Lord as mature people, just as Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:13. Meanwhile, God, our merciful Father, watches over us in our weakness and continually forgives us.
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Martin Luther served as a catalyst of the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe. This book teaches children about his fascinating life, influence, and teaching while encouraging them to see how God uses them in His kingdom today.
Children learn the historic background to a significant time in the church. They discover that, like Martin Luther, they can learn about the reality of Christ’s life and death on their behalf, His grace and mercy, and His desire for them as baptized, redeemed children of God.