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
The command to be perfect runs throughout the Holy Script. Just as our Lord Jesus commanded us, you can see from the opening passage above that the Apostle Paul instructs us to be Perfect. This is a calling that every believer must endeavor to achieve in their own allotment of space.
So far we have dealt with four different aspects of perfection.
– Dealing with everyone rightly (both friends and enemies)
– Treating everyone with Love (both friends and enemies)
– Completion in Christ
– Maturity in Christ
Within Completion and Maturity entails all that is needed for perfection.
When we are born again, Christ is sown in Us as a seed. This seed depicts the nature of the new man within you.
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness
As we develop or grow unto maturity and completion, this nature must be perfected, attaining maturity and completion as to the measure of the stature of the Fullness of Christ. The New man is the initial measure given as a seed when you’re born again BUT upon attaining completion and maturity, this New Man steadily grows to become the Perfect Man.
“till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”
Ephesians 4:13 NKJV
Here you can see how the perfect man is described as one attaining the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
This is what Jesus strived to attain on His lifetime on earth. He had to match up to the anointed title given Him as the Christ / Messiah. This was done through perfection.
Did u know that Jesus was perfected ?
“Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation”
Hebrews 5:8-9 NASB
He wasn’t perfect. He was made perfect. How ? By learning obedience from the things He suffered.
This brings us to a major factor into attaining perfection. OBEDIENCE.
Obedience is key. Jesus learned obedience, and there’s only one way to learn obedience.
What do you think that might be?
It’s simply by Obeying. No matter the obstacles that may come your way to test your faith which came from what you heard from God (through the medium of inspired Scripture and His voice directly); you have to endure to the end through obedience.
When the Word of God says Love your enemies; when persecuted and cursed, bless. Pray for those who persecute you. Do good to those you hate you and do you evil. Forgive. (Matthew 5:44, Romans 12:14,20-21).
We are expected to obey no matter the suffering that may arise because of its difficulty.
Jesus didn’t come to the earth as a perfect man. He went through the process of perfection. That is why He gave that command because he knows it is achievable.
Besides, To your benefit:
The Grace of God is readily available and is sufficient for you!
Strive to achieve perfection.
In our next session, we begin to go through the practical process or building blocks unto the attainment of Perfection.