Posts Tagged ‘ Perfect ’

VerseD: Romans 3:23

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Romans 3:23, ESV

No one is perfectly good, except for Jesus. Even our good deeds – done apart from Him – are tainted by our sin.
Only through the blood of Jesus can we be made clean and forgiven.

VerseD: James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
James 1:17, ESV

We should always give thanks to God for the good in our lives, for His promises are true and He never changes. We can trust His faithfulness.

Perfect Christian

I a doing a short series! We. are going through some of the sayings of Jesus that can be … confusing … difficult … misapplied … whatever!

What does this mean? I will look at passages that I have personally heard misapplied, misunderstood, or simply confusion expressed over what Jesus meant.

Also, one of these should be appearing on The Domain for Truth later this month to help out SlimJim with some coverage of his blog while he travels. (No worries. I will share it here on this blog when it happens!)

Last week we looked at blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.

Now, what is our next passage? (Maybe you already have an idea based on the title.)

Being Perfect

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Matthew 5:43‭-‬48, ESV

Okay. Be perfect as God is perfect.

That sounds impossible.

And, in essence, it is. We will never be completely perfect in this life.

We fail at loving our enemies.

In fact, we start out as enemies of God through our sin and rebellion.

But God knows what He is saying and doing.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:14‭-‬21, ESV

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6, ESV

Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, transfers His perfection to us. We are weak and imperfect, but Christ’s perfection fills and replaces our weakness and imperfection so that we can be like our Father.

In other words, it Christ in us that is perfect.

We are being made perfect, to be fully realized at the resurrection, throughthis sanctification process of life in Christ as we continually seek Him.

So, how are we to be perfect as our heavenly Farher is perfect?

Love others as He loved us by allowing the Holy Spirit to work His love in us.

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
1 Peter 1:14‭-‬19, ESV

VerseD: Matthew 5:48

You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5:48, ESV

One way to understand this is “to perform your function or purpose.”

Therefore, as God is sovereign over all and sustains all with power, love, and grace, we should be striving outdo each other in love and share the Gospel to the glory of God.

VerseD: Philippians 2:8

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Philippians 2:8, ESV

God became a man to do what we never could: be perfectly obedient and offer the perfect sacrifice to atone for our sin and rebellion.

VerseD: James 1:17

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
James 1:17, NASB

God does not change nor tempt with evil.

He only gives good gifts, generally to all, but specifically to His people. Most specifically, He gives grace and salvation.