Full maturity in Christ only happens when we meet Him
Paul wrote a letter to the church in Corinth to discipline them and answer questions that they had. He corrected them on flouting spiritual gifts in front of each other as sings of spiritual maturity. The gifts when used without love meant nothing. The gifts would disappear when Jesus returned. They were to grow in Christ and strive for spiritual maturity, the fullness of which would only come when Jesus returned. Until Jesus returned, it was like trying to see your spiritual self in a mirror (mirrors were only made from polished metal at the time and did not give as accurate a reflection as today's glass and silver mirrors).
We should all strive for spiritual maturity. It is a process that will not end until we see Jesus face-to-face. Until then, we are to grow and strengthen our relationship with Him. We need to seek Him, be obedient fully, allow the Spirit to transform our lives, and trust Him. It is a never ending process while we are still in our flesh. We cannot fall into the trip as the Corinthians did and think that we have arrived. We are all still on the journey.
David Prior, The Message of 1 Corinthians: Life in the Local Church, The Bible Speaks Today, ed. John R. W. Stott (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1985), 234.
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