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the Godly Perfection
a word! We envision total flawlessness; absolute beauty and harmony.
when we think of the perfection of Almighty God, and of attempting to
as perfect and flawless as He is, we want to give up in despair. What a
hopeless task! We see our weaknesses and flaws every day. And of course
Satan keeps us reminded of our failures. But there is hope! We are
nay, commanded to be clothed with the righteousness of our Lord Jesus,
who knew no sin.
But God commendeth His love toward us in that while we
sinners, Christ died for us.
Genesis 22:7, 8; John 1:29,36,10-14; Ephesians 2:4-9; Romans 6:1,2
GENESIS 22:7, 8
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father:
he said, Here am I , my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood:
but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
8 And Abraham said; My son, God will provide himself a
lamb for a burnt offering:…
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,
the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world.
And looking upon Jesus as He walked, he
saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the
world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become
of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was
made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld
his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of
4 But God, who is
rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He
5 Even when
we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together
with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace
in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer
Most of us have been brought up with the thought that we, being human,
have got to sin a little bit every day. As a result, it seems
that we could live above sin. It seems even more impossible if we take
the stricter, but biblical understanding of sin that any missing of the
mark of God's perfect plan for our lives is sin. But thanks be to our
it is NOT impossible!
If we allow ourselves to truly die out to self-will when we repent
and are baptized, we come up out of our watery graves as new "Jesus
whose desire is to live in all things pleasing to our Lord Jesus.
we may occasionally slip into sin, sinning is no longer our nature. We
instantly realize we have sinned by the pricking of our consciences by
the Holy Spirit and repent with a sincere heart, whereas before we were
born again, sinning was our nature and we continually revelled in sin
1. DEFINITIONS OF WORDS TRANSLATED "PERFECT."
a) In the Old Testament
There are three Hebrew words translated perfect, but essentially the
meaning most generally used relating to mankind is wholehearted or
committed to God.
The words and meanings in general are: shâlêm(shawlame');
(taw-meem'); tâmam (taw-mam') mean:
friendly: full, just, made ready, peaceable, perfect(-ed), quiet,
entire, without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely(-ity),
[as in "a sound mind" or without decay], without spot, undefiled,
(-ly), to complete, accomplish, be clean, consume, have done, to come
make or have an end, fail, come to the full, be all gone or be all
be (in the sense of make) perfect, be spent, sum[total], be [show self].
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b) In the NewTestament
There are six Greek words translated perfect, but mature or complete
are the meanings most generally used relating to mankind. The words and
meanings in general are: akribeia (ak-ree'-bi-ah), artios
(ar-tee-os), katartizo (kat-ar-tid'-zo), pleroo
(tel'-ios) and teleioo (tel-i-o'-o), mean:
perfect manner; most exact, straightest; by implication, to complete
that is repair or adjust: — fit, frame, mend (make) perfect(-ly join
prepare, restore; to make replete; that is, to cram a net, level up a
satisfy, execute (an office), finish, accomplish, to fulfill, to be
perfect; complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental
moral character, etc.); of full age; to complete; accomplish or
(in character): ? consecrate, finish, fulfill.
2. CAN ANY HUMAN ATTAIN FLAWLESS PERFECTION?
a) By our new birth commitment to God’s word
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the
of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and
perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2).
Only by being born again as a new creature in Christ Jesus and thereby
heirs of eternal life that we have any hope of ever attaining to godly
perfection. We cannot even understand what God sees as perfect until we
are filled with His Holy Spirit. Because, as already noted, our nature
from birth until the new birth was to sin — to do what we wanted to do
instead of wanting to please God and do His perfect will. The new
that results from the new birth is
absolutely necessary if we would
be led by the Holy Spirit toward godly perfection (See Romans 8:6;
because, as already noted, our nature before
being born-again was to sin and do what we wanted without any regard
God’s perfect will. The new nature is absolutely essential for us to be
led by the Spirit of God, which is the only way we can please Him
We might also note that while God would prefer that we not sin, it
God if we do happen to sin that we quickly repent and that in and of
is a form of becoming perfect. "My little children, these things write
I unto you that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate
the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous," (1 John 2:1)
b) Victory over Satan’s accusations
It is also from the moment of our new birth that Satan begins to really
accuse us of any and every little mistake we make, any flaw he can find
in our Christian walk. This is why new converts often feel that they
hopeless and can never be all God wants them to be, so why try? He is
accuser of the brethren" (Revelation 12:10) and attempts to
us from walking in our new life in Christ by making godly perfection
something so far beyond anything we can ever be that it is useless to
Nothing could be farther from the truth.“Till we all come in the unity
of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect
unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ;” (Ephesians
4:13). How many of us then are striving to become “a perfect man”?
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We each can rest in the
confidence of "There is therefore now no condemnation
to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but
the Spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made
me free from the law of sin and death." (Romans 8:1,2).
A perfect, flawless
diamond is still perfect and flawless although
the person wearing it has gotten it so covered with mud or grease that
at the moment it is not at all or is barely distinguishable as
even being a diamond. So the new life in Christ that is totally sincere
and wholehearted toward Him, sanctified holy unto Him, is perfect in
wholeheartedness and desire to please God. If sin somehow attaches to
lives, covering us like the mud or grease covers the diamond, then like
the like the dirty diamond, we must be cleaned, in our case, by the
of the Word, and the blood of Jesus Christ through wholehearted
sincerely asking God to forgive us. Presto, the purity of heart shines
brightly once again!
After He had agonized
in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus
said to Peter, "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the
spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Matthew 26:41). In
words, be careful so your diamond does not get dirty in the first
The Apostle Paul said, "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and
Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other:
so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the
Spirit, ye are not under the law." (Galatians 5:17).
"I in them and Thou in Me,
that they may be made perfect in one; and
that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as
Thou hast loved me," (John 17:23).
3. COMMANDED BY GOD
a) God Speaks
"…I am the Almighty God; walk before Me, and be perfect," (Genesis
"Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God," (Deuteronomy 18:13).
(See also Matthew 5:48.)
Being human, God understands, and we should also, that we will make
mistakes, but if our hearts are perfectly focused on pleasing God, our
failures can be turned into victories which God will view as
b) The Apostle Paul
"Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of
one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with
"Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all
that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:" (Colossians
1:28). Teachers and preachers have a responsibility and should have
a concern as well to tell people of flaws in their perfection as of
someone their diamond is dirty, not to condemn nor judge, but in loving
compassion to wash the mud, the grease, the dirt off the diamond.
who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always laboring
for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the
of God," (Colossians 4:12). "Howbeit we speak wisdom
them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the
of this world, that come to naught," (1 Corinthians 2:6).
Ephesians 4:11-14 from Scripture Texts.)
c) Holy Spirit
empowerment for perfection
"Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be this minded: and if in
anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you,"
3:15). "It is God that girdeth me with strength and maketh my way
18:32). God wants us to be perfect in His eyes, so God, by the Holy
Spirit will reveal where we are falling short — not to condemn us but
help us improve and become more nearly perfect.
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4. ARE THERE ANY BIBLE
EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE
GOD CALLED PERFECT?
a) King David
King David is spoken of both as a “perfect” man and as a “man after
God’s own heart,” and yet he committed adultery and tried to hide that
sin by murder! He was not a good father to his children. But his real
desire was to please God. He was totally committed to God and when he
that he had sinned, he repented wholeheartedly in anguish, sackcloth
ashes. You can read his lament for his sins in Psalm 51. In the New
the words translated perfect as relating to mankind all essentially,
“mature” or “complete”. The perfect factor in David was not that he
made any mistakes but that he was quick to admit his sins and to be
repentant. The consistent shining of the flawless diamond was so seldom
broken by the dirt of sin that though the blackness of that sin was
ugly and great, it was hardly noticeable before it had been washed away
by wholehearted repentance. No other person in the Bible, short of
Christ Himself is spoken of as perfect.
b) The Apostle Paul denies his own perfection
“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect:
but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which I am also
of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3: 12).
The key to being perfect in the godly sense is our wholehearted
to serve God and our willingness to instantly repent when we realize we
have sinned. While none of us will ever reach a point in which we never
sin, we can and should always be working toward that goal Along the
our flaws will be washed, chipped and cleansed so that we become
wholehearted; Perfect in God’s eyes.