What is the difference between the world’s view of Christian Perfection and God’s view?

  1. God’s view of Christian Perfection is different from the world’s view which is what most believers hold.
  2. As defined in the dictionary, to be perfect is to be complete and without defect or blemish; to be flawless.
  3. Even though God’s definition of Perfection is the same as that of the world, as defined in the dictionary, His interpretation of the definition is different from the world’s interpretation. This is what makes His definition different. (Ephesian 5:27)
  4. World’s View

To be perfect as a Christian is to be flawless in behaviour. The believer will understand this to mean, being without any sin; sin is the blemish or flaw. Since there is no man that does not commit sin, they conclude that no one can be perfect like God.

Interpretation

  • This definition is based on the physical and visible – outward appearance or disposition.
  • Outward appearance can be deceptive and are in most cases deceptive, as in the case of Eliab. (1 Samuel 16:6-7)
  • The interpretation is also subjective based on who is making the assessment. This makes the standard of perfection to vary from person to person, group to group and place to place.
  1. God’s View

To be perfect is to be complete and without defect or blemish; to be flawless, in inward composition.

Interpretation

(a) This definition is based on the spiritual and invisible - inward composition. (1Samuel 16:7)

(b) The inward spiritual composition of man is unknown to man. It is known only to God. It is therefore only God that can confirm that a man is perfect. (Jeremiah 17:9-10)

(c) But the inward composition of man is what dictates his outward behaviour and disposition that men can see. (Mark 7:22-23)

(d) Since God’s interpretation of the definition is based on a specific composition, His standard of perfection does not vary. (James 1:17)

(e) The right inward spiritual composition that makes a man perfect in God’s sight is a perfect spirit which is the product of a pure or perfect heart. When the heart is perfect, the spirit will be perfect. (Psalm 51:10, 78:8)

(f) With the help of God, it is possible to possess this right inward spiritual composition that makes a man perfect – a pure heart and perfect spirit. (1 Samuel 10:9; Jeremiah 24:7; Ezekiel 36:26; Luke 8:15)

  • Abraham received God’s help to become perfect. (Genesis 17:1, 10)
  • God confirmed Job’s perfection. (Job 1:8; Ezekiel 14:14, 20)
  • The Scriptures confirm David’s perfect heart with God. (1 Kings 15:3)
  • The Scriptures confirm the perfection of Zachariah and Elizabeth. (Luke 1:5-6)
  • The Scriptures confirm the perfection of Daniel. (Daniel 5:11-12; Ezekiel 14:14, 20)
  • The Scriptures confirm the perfection of Noah. (Genesis 6:9, 7:1; Ezekiel 14:14, 20)
  • The Scriptures confirm the perfection Jesus. (Hebrews 2:10, 5:8-9, 7:26; 1John 3:5; 2Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22)
  • Apostle Paul confirmed his, and some other believer’s perfection. (Philippians 3:15; 1Corinthians 2:6)
  • The Scriptures confirm that many believers will become perfect. (Daniel 12:9-10; Revelation 14:4-5)

 

(g) A pure heart that begets a perfect spirit is a heart out which all idols behind unbelief and disobedience that lead to sin that pollutes it have been evacuated to circumcise it. Idols breed sin in the heart to pollute it (Ezekiel 36:25-26; 2Corinthians 6:16-17, 7:1; Psalm 24:3-4)

(h) God’s help and plan for man to secure the pure heart that begets the perfect spirit is the circumcision of his heart. This is achieved through the crucifixion of his body that purges idols out of his heart to circumcise it for it to become pure. (Genesis 17:1, 10, 13b; Deuteronomy 30:6, 8; Colossians 2:6-11; Romans 2:28-29; Jeremiah 4:4) When the body is crucified, he will become 100% spirit like God, without losing the legitimate services of his body. (John 14:24; Hebrews 12:9; Ephesians 4:24)

(i) When your heart, the throne of God and hence abode of the Holy Spirit is pure because all idols have been evacuated from it, God will fill your whole heart with His fullness through the fullness of the Holy Spirit – God fills everywhere that is yielded to Him; and anywhere not filled by Him, Satan fills. (Ephesians 1:23; Matthew 12:43-45)

When you are filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit because your heart is pure,

  • You will become entirely sanctified and holy. (Exodus 29:43; Ezekiel 37:28)
  • You will be able to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and your neighbour as yourself; through the Holy Spirit that sheds God’s love abundantly in your heart because you are filled with His fullness. (Deuteronomy 30:6; Mark 12:30-31; Ephesian 3:17-19; Romans 5:5; 1John 4:16)
  • You will be obeying all the commands and commandments of God with delight and as a lifestyle. (Deuteronomy 30:6, 8; Psalm 40:6-8)
  • You will become complete in Christ, conformed to the image of the Trinity – God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, through your perfected spirit and the fullness of the Holy Spirit in you. (Colossians 2:6, 9-10; Romans 8:28-29; 1John 3:2-3)

(j) But having the right inward spiritual composition of a pure heart and perfect spirit that makes you perfect does not mean that you cannot commit sins! You can, and you will; for there is no man on the earth that does not commit sins. (1Kings 8:46; 1John 1:8) It is only God that is perfect in absolute terms. (Matthew 19:17; Ecclesiastes 7:20)

There are many sins you will commit presumptuously, thinking you are right when you are wrong. There are many others you will commit without even knowing that you have committed them. These were the sins that David prayed to God to deliver him from. (Psalm 19:12-13) The sins you are aware of and therefore confess to receive forgiveness are relatively fewer. (1John 1:9)

But whether known or unknown, sin is sin; and the punishment for sin is death. Death connotes all the contrary situations of life which include among others sickness, disease, poverty, barrenness, misfortune, calamities, premature physical death, here on earth; and culminates in eternal destruction after life on the earth. (Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 6:23)

 

(k) But when you become perfect, you will no longer commit sins willfully or intentionally. This is because your heart’s motives have become pure through the evacuation of the idols behind deceit and evil, ulterior motives from it. (Hebrews 10:26) The sins you will commit will be unintentional; either due to weakness, like Peter’s sin of denying Jesus (lying); or carelessness, like David’s sins of adultery and murder. (Luke 22:31-34, 55-62; 2Samuel 11:1-5) These are the sins that God, who knows the heart and its motives, will not count against you. (Romans 4:5-8; Psalm 32:2) Though they will invalidate your perfection with man who looks at outward behaviour; they will not, with God; and that is what counts, because it is His demand for perfection you are meeting, not man’s. In spite of his sins of adultery, deceit and murder among others, David was God’s standard of perfection for the Kings of Israel for many generations. But to man, David would not be perfect. (2Samuel 12:9; 1Kings 15:3, 11:33, 38, 14:7-9, 15:5; 2Chronicles 29:1-2)

 

When you become perfect like God, you will begin to manifest His faith (which is the faith of Christ and the spirit of faith) with which He will credit you with the righteousness of God that acquits from all sins, to make your perfection and salvation everlasting – irrevocable – in spite of your errors. This righteousness is what the Scriptures also refer to as the “sure mercies of David”. It is God’s oath that makes your perfection everlasting. (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Psalm 89:28-37; Isaiah 55:3-4)

 

(l) Also, obedience to all commands and commandments of God’s is one of the proofs of perfection. But it is possible for a believer to be obeying all the commands and commandments of God with ulterior motives that is rooted in an impure, divided and hence deceitful heart. To God who can see the heart, he is not perfect as in the cases of King Amaziah, Judas Iscariot and the young rich ruler. But to man who looks at outward behaviour, he will be rated very high on his perfection scale. (2 Chronicles 25:1-2; John 6:70-71, 12:4-6; Matthew 19:16-24)

  1. Conclusion

The beauty and blessedness of becoming perfect like God as commanded by Him is that, you will begin to manifest His nature that is immune to the contrary situations of life that buffet men in this world. You will be living a supernaturally prosperous life as you wait confidently for Jesus coming. (1Thessalonians 5:23) God Himself will bring you to this realm, in Jesus’ name; for, “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” (1Thessalonians 5:24)

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