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Growing Up Into Maturity

July 2, 2005


 Dear Saints

     There are several words in the Greek that denote growth and maturity. But we will use four basic words to describe that growth. They are nepios, paidion, teknon, and huios (huiothesia- placing of full grown mature sons). In order for us to mature in YAHUAH, we must move from the stage of children (nepios) and become full-grown sons (huiothesia). First, lets look at the word nepios. Nepios means child, babe, childish, a little child, untaught, unskillful, and untrained. 

     According to Scripture we are heirs (inheritors) of YAHUAH if we are in YAHUSHA MashaYAH. An heir is someone who receives his allotted possession by right of son-ship. GalutYah (Galatians) 4: 1  Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child (nepios), differs no thing from a servant, though he be master of all; 2- But is under tutors ( legal-guardians) and governors (trustees and administrators) until the time (date) appointed (fixed, prearranged) of the father. 3- Even so we, when we were children (nepios), were in bondage under the elements {stoicheion- rudiments, first principle, primary, fundamental, traditions, and rules) of the world (cosmos). 

     YAHUAH desires that we no longer be nepios, but become full mature sons. EphsiYah (Ephesians) 4: 14 "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and from, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men and craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive." 

     We should desire to grow beyond nepios. As nepios we are untaught, untrained, and unskillful in the Word of YAHUAH. But when we become sons (huiothesia) we can no longer be kept like slaves under the elements {principles) of this world. The schoolmasters and guardians skillfully prepare us to exemplify LIFE AND CHARACTER of the FATHER (Ab) and to be GOVERNED by YAHUAH's SPIRIT in all things, we can speak for Ab YAHUAH rather than the letter of a schoolmaster. In the Greek culture a schoolmaster {paidagogos) was a trustworthy slave who had the guardianship of the boys of a household. They needed him for guidance and instruction while they were young. But after they grew up, they lived by the precepts and principles he taught them. It became second nature to do what they had been taught. They would no longer need the schoolmaster once they learned "the rules. 

     If we reject the Laws, THE TORAH, of YAHUAH and what YAHUAH has established, it will stop us from coming into the things of YAHUAH, YAHUAH's Kingdom- order, reign, rule, power, and domain. Remember RomiYah (Romans) 8:5  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6- For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

In the Hope of YAHUSHA MashaYAH,
Pastor Fredrick A. Brown



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