Perfection

The Bible has many commands telling us to be perfect (Matthew 5:48; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Hebrews 6:1; James 1:4).

Many explain this to mean that we are to be “mature.” One problem is that if you repeat these verses using the word mature, you have the unfortunate consequence of saying, “be mature as your Father in heaven is mature.”

First, that just sounds off. Second, God is pretty mature, eh, not sure this alleviates any problems.

You can’t say this is impossible because Paul, at one point, addresses some foils as “as many as be perfect

What’s interesting about that passage is that he then proceeds to tell the perfect people what to do!

So, go on unto perfection. Be perfect. What’s that do for ya?

5 thoughts on “Perfection”

  1. Jeff, though some would resist the thought you have presented, perfection is a much more accepted standard than most people realize. What parent teaches a child that they are to tell the truth 80% of the time? Or what air traveler is ok with occasional lapses in concentration by the pilot? The goal of sanctification is for the believer to be conformed to the image of Christ, not to somewhat approximate it. Let us pursue that goal in His grace!

  2. Jesus was not trying to get us onto the project of pefection.

    He was trying to kill us off to our thinking that we could become what God’s law demands that we become.

    The Sermon on the Mount is pure Law.

    The person who gave the Sermon on the Mount is pure gospel.

    He IS our perfection.

  3. It’s interesting that in our primary source document for the fact that no one can become righteous by following the law, Paul implies that the Holy Spirit is tasked with moving the believer toward perfection. “Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” Galatians 3:3 It is not legalistic for the believer to maintain a heart environment in which the Spirit can do His best work.

  4. Perhaps the only way to attain perfection is crucify our flesh, in a word to die. Then as Paul states in Gal 2:20 it is no longer I who lives, but Christ living through me. Maybe our perfection is learning how to die to self each and every day.

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