As for the seed that 1 fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but 2 as they go on their way they are choked 3 by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, 4 and their fruit does not mature. 5
Now we do speak wisdom among the mature, 1 but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are perishing.
until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God – a mature person, attaining to 1 the measure of Christ’s full stature. 2
Brothers and sisters, 1 do not be children in your thinking. Instead, be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.
But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil.
Therefore let those of us who are “perfect” embrace this point of view. 1 If you think otherwise, God will reveal to you the error of your ways. 2
We proclaim him by instructing 1 and teaching 2 all people 3 with all wisdom so that we may present every person mature 4 in Christ.
Epaphras, who is one of you and a slave 1 of Christ, 2 greets you. He is always struggling in prayer on your behalf, so that you may stand mature and fully assured 3 in all the will of God.
Therefore we must progress beyond 1 the elementary 2 instructions about Christ 3 and move on 4 to maturity, not laying this foundation again: repentance from dead works and faith in God,
Their children 1 are firmly established in their presence, 2 their offspring before their eyes.
And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything.
And Jesus increased 1 in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and with people.
For this reason his parents said, “He is a mature adult, 1 ask him.”) 2
and endurance, character, and character, hope.
I am speaking to thoughtful people. Consider what I say.
But whoever obeys his 1 word, truly in this person 2 the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in him.
Fools 1 are placed in many positions of authority, 2 while wealthy men sit in lowly positions.
In the womb he attacked his brother; in his manly vigor he struggled 1 with God.
So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. 1
By itself the soil produces a crop, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.