“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 you.”
2 Corinthians 13:11 KJV
Perfection in Christ is the goal of every Believer and a command from the Lord.
In our previous session, we found out that even Jesus was perfected. He didn’t come to the earth as a perfect man. That is why He gave that command to us (Matt 5:48) because it is achievable and the Grace of God is ever available and sufficient to see you through.
The Word of God not only states the aspects of perfection but the process on how to get there. The Apostle Peter shows us this in his epistle.
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.”
2 Peter 1:5-7 NJV
These are the building blocks unto the attaining of perfection. Upon closer observation of these building blocks, you can see that it begins with faith and culminates in Love.
Without faith, it’s impossible to please God. Without faith in Christ Jesus, it’s impossible to be a believer or child of God in the first place and thus perfection cannot even be considered.
Faith starts the process and all is culminated in Love.
When Jesus gave the command of perfection, He spoke concerning love. This was dealt with in our previous sessions. Jesus commanded us to love (agape) everyone including our enemies. Our Heavenly Father is perfect because He loves all and deals with all rightly – both the good and evil.
These building blocks to perfection are very important and are to be understood and practiced by all.
The Apostle Peter speaks of the significance of these building blocks:
“For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 1:8 NASB
Not only should these qualities be yours but they should be increasing as you grow in Christ. Your measure of faith, excellence , knowledge, love etc. should be increasing. With these in place, you will not be rendered useless and unfruitful.
He continues with this statement:
Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble.
2 Peter 1:8, 10 NASB
I wouldn’t have said it better myself. Scripture makes it very clear.
Practicing of these building blocks is sure way for you not to stumble. A sure way to perfection.
In our incoming sessions, we will take these building blocks (qualities) apart and study them with the practical ways by which these qualities can be harnessed.