I was originally looking at preaching about the Holy Spirit and spiritual maturity, and their relationship to each other. What I ran across was this undeniable thread that directly connects the Holy Spirit and spiritual maturity to unity. It was the premise that becoming spiritually mature was based more on unity than anything else. That made me think of all the people I’ve interacted with throughout my life that supposedly was so spiritually mature, but were the most divisive, faction-driven people you would ever want to meet in church. I was also perplexed to see that the great books and curriculums that teach what is phrased as “the spiritual disciplines” did not spend much time at all talking about unity.
From Ephesians to 1 Corinthians, from Galatians to 1 Peter and Romans, the Spirit and maturity is inextricably tied to unity. We cannot grow as a Christian without being a part of a unified body of believers called the church. The Corinthian church had all the spiritual gifts poppin’, but because they did not have love for each other, which is the quintessential definition of spiritual maturity,
they were “mere infants,” “childish,” according to the apostle Paul.
The Holy Spirit has been co-opted by chaotic charismatics who think they know something other believers don’t. But they’re the ones who don’t know that the entire law is fulfilled with this one command “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus fulfilled the law by doing just that. Hope you have enjoyed these Scriptures as much as I have.
David Randolph Holder