“you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” 9/21/2016 written by bruce r. mills

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“you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect”

          Image result for picture Matthew 5:48

Matthew 5:48Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (NKJV)

All Christians are positionally perfect before God, because they possess the perfect righteousness of Christ… But no Christian can be perfect from a practical sense, as Christ was perfect… But if we as Christians, have been filled with the Holy Spirit at the moment God graced us with salvation…we have Christ in us (Colossians 1:27), and we are called to be imitators of Christ…  Let’s explore this opening scripture…

We see scripture throughout the Bible telling us we should be as perfect as humanly possible…

Deuteronomy 18:13You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. (NKJV)

Luke 6:36Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. (NKJV)

1 Peter 1:15-16but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (NKJV)

So how can we as Christians be blameless before God ??   We must do our best to live for Christ, not for ourselves… We must confess, repent of, and turn from any and all sins…as we humble ourselves before the Lord…

The Apostle John pens this, in…1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NKJV)

With ALL sins confessed and turned from…we as Christians will be back in sweet fellowship with the Lord… Un-confessed sins will break this fellowship with the Lord…because God hates sin…   The Holy Spirit and un-confessed sin cannot occupy a Christian’s heart at the same time, without causing the “grieving of the Holy Spirit”, as the Apostle Paul pens in…

Ephesians 4:30…  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  (NKJV)

The Apostle Paul goes on to pen this, in…

Ephesians 4:31-32…   Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.  (NKJV)

Once all sins have been confessed, repented of, and turned from before the Lord…we as Christians will be walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), as Spirit filled Christians…

The Apostle Paul pens this, in…Ephesians 5:18-20…  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,  (NKJV)

This… but be filled with the Spirit,” from this scripture above, is different from being first filled with the Holy Spirit by God at the moment of salvation…  To be as perfect as humanly possible before the Lord…we must continuously confess and turn from any known sin, no matter how many times a day the Holy Spirit convicts us that we have indeed sinned…

Will we ever get to a point where we will no longer sin ??  Of course not !!  But the Apostle James pens this, in…

James 4:7-8…  Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  (NKJV)

As we mature in our Christian walk with the Lord…we should become more focused on hearing the urging of Holy Spirit to confess any sin; and our love for the Lord should become stronger and stronger, as the frequency of our sins should hopefully become less and less…

The Apostle Paul pens this, in…

Romans 8:29-30  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.  (NKJV)

This process of being conformed into the image of Christ takes a lifetime…and is called “Progressive Sanctification”…  [See 1. below for more on this]   When we are living Christ centered lives…we will be walking with the Lord on a more consistent basis, as we quickly confess any sins…   When we as Christians are walking in the Spirit, also called being filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-20) …we will be as perfect from a practical sense in God’s eyes, as humanly possible…

We as Christians will never walk perfectly, because our sin nature from birth will continue to cause us to sin…  But by humbly submitting our lives to God, by God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, He will keep us headed toward our end goal in life…being conformed into the image of Christ… God’s humble servant Solomon says this best, in…

Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (NKJV)

Heavenly Father, I thank You and praise You for who You are…  Help all of us You call Your redeemed children, to get out of our own way, and allow the Holy Spirit to direct every facet of our lives…  Help us Father, to be transformed by the renewing of our mind, just as Your servant the Apostle Paul pens, in…Romans 12:2…so that we may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  I pray for this striving to be perfect in Your eyes, for all of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, in Jesus’ most precious name, and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

  1. Progressive sanctification…  http://www.gotquestions.org/progressive-sanctification.html

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