until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God's Son, [growing] into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ's fullness.
Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit.
Rejoice, young man, while you are young, and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth. And walk in the ways of your heart and in the sights of your eyes; but know that for all of these things God will bring you to judgment.
and lusted after their lovers, whose sexual members were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of stallions.
Therefore, leaving the elementary message about the Messiah, let us go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, faith in God,
Reuben, you are my firstborn, my strength and the firstfruits of my virility, excelling in prominence, excelling in power.
God was with the boy, and he grew; he settled in the wilderness and became an archer.
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter
"No man whose [testicles] have been crushed or whose penis has been cut off may enter the Lord's assembly.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people.
In the womb he grasped his brother's heel, and as an adult he wrestled with God.
For before the boy knows to reject what is bad and choose what is good, the land of the two kings you dread will be abandoned.
1 Corinthians 13:11
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things.
Let your fountain be blessed, and take pleasure in the wife of your youth.
Jacob struggled with the Angel and prevailed; he wept and sought His favor. He found him at Bethel, and there He spoke with him.
1 Samuel 18:27
David and his men went out and killed 200 Philistines. He brought their foreskins and presented them as full payment to the king to become his son-in-law. Then Saul gave his daughter Michal to David as his wife.
1 Corinthians 11:3
But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of the woman, and God is the head of Christ.
"If two men are fighting with each other, and the wife of one steps in to rescue her husband from the one striking him, and she puts out her hand and grabs his genitals,
Years later, after Moses had grown up, he went out to his own people and observed their forced labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people.
Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this to you also.
He struck all the firstborn in Egypt, the first progeny of the tents of Ham.
1 Corinthians 13:13
Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
You have set up your memorial behind the door and doorpost. For away from Me, you stripped, went up, and made your bed wide, and you have made a bargain for yourself with them. You have loved their bed; you have gazed on their genitals.
Paul, an apostle-not from men or by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead-
[I would be] as I was in the days of my youth when God's friendship rested on my tent,
Woe to you, land, when your king is a household servant, and your princes feast in the morning.
"In Bethlehem of Judea," they told him, "because this is what was written by the prophet:
He struck all the firstborn in their land, all their first progeny.
1 Samuel 3:19
Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let nothing he said prove false.
As He began [His ministry], Jesus was about 30 years old and was thought to be the son of Joseph, [son] of Heli,