Three Tests of Spiritual Maturity
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Three Tests of Spiritual Maturity

1 Peter 5:6–11  (ID: 1329)

Conversion is not the destination but the starting point on the journey toward spiritual maturity. Peter wrote to strengthen fellow believers by reminding them they are chosen by God, redeemed by the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Alistair Begg cautions us not to boast, because God opposes the proud; not to worry, because God cares for us; and not to quit when confronted by adversity.

6Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.