What do we mean by perfection? Our Lord Jesus Christ had given us His definition of what it is. “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Mt. 7:48) In the Bible, God alone, who lacks nothing in terms of goodness or excellence, is presented as truly perfect. Everything He is, thinks, and does has the character of perfection (Psm. 18:30) Jesus is presented as having been perfected through suffering, (Heb. 2:10) and then as perfected in His divine and human natures. (Heb. 7:28) By His unique sacrifice for our sins He has “perfect forever” those who are set apart as Christians for the service of God. (Heb. 10:14) We have been made perfect, yet we are “being sanctified” (made holy). Through His death, burial and resurrection, the Lord Jesus Christ, once for all, made His believers perfect in God’s sight. This process is called justification. At the same time He is making them holy by progressively cleansing and setting them apart for His special use. This is the continuous process called sanctification. We should not be surprised, ashamed, or shocked that we still need to grow. God is not finished with us yet.
The Lord Jesus Christ’s perfect sacrifice has the ultimate goal of “bringing many sons to glory.” (Heb. 2:10) “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor.3:18) The Holy Spirit helps Christians to attain the state of glorification at the return of Jesus Christ. To reach perfection every Christian must love the Lord Jesus Christ and keep every one of His Commandments.
May God bless you.
This Article is the response of Paul Wong
to a discussion in the ARK Forum on August 14, 2003
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Paul Wong is a Christian minister and the President of ARK International.
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