7-26-2017

Scriptural Truth – Can We Be Perfect?

 

I noticed a sign on Hwy. 27 in Summerville with the statement “Christians Are Perfect.” This statement prompted me for the writing of this article. To begin with, let me be very transparent with my stance along with the eldership and members at Subligna and with brethren of the  county, based on scripture, this statement is FALSE. This is a false statement if the intent is to mean we can be sinless, placing us into the same realm of perfection as was/is Christ.  In Romans 3:23 the scripture states “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” In comparison of Hebrews 4:15 our high priest (Christ) was tempted in all ways as we are yet without sin, meaning he never sinned while upon this earth. Considering these two verses one can see there is a distinct difference. In Matthew 5:48 we read “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” To understand this verse consider the context of which it is written. The short of the meaning is about loving as God loves. For one to be perfect (mature) they must grow in Christ to the point of loving all men, to include our enemies.  The wonderful passage of John 3:16 states God so loved the world, indicating saint and sinner. His love was perfect in that he gave his only begotten son to die in our stead, providing a means of sanctification and give hope to all men of having Heaven as their eternal home one day. In Matthew 19:21, Christ speaking to a rich young man, gives answer to a question of how to have eternal life. In the answer given the young man Christ stated “if thou wilt be perfect.” The answer Christ gave was not to be without sin but rather to be complete and mature. The heart of the young man was known by Christ as being one driven by material possessions. We see this same concept in the passages of Matthew 6:21 & Luke 12:34, “Where your treasure is there will your heart be also.” Can we be perfect today? Absolutely Not! However, we know from scripture we can be perfected, that is, made whole, complete, mature. We see this in passages such as Col. 1:28, 2 Tim. 3:17, Heb. 13:21 and 1Pet.5:10. Our perfection (being made perfect), sanctification, justification is made possible only by the blood of Christ which washes away our sins (Rom.3:25, Rom.5:9, Eph.1:7, Col.1:14.1Jn.1:7. We will never be perfect in the sense of never sinning, but we can be perfected.So my question is will you be perfected (made whole and complete) in Christ today? Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth, Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email tmdok4@windstream.net or Facebook

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