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Is perfection possible?

posted Feb 4, 2014, 11:45 AM by Allen Lundy   [ updated Apr 9, 2015, 7:21 PM by Antonio Lundy ]
In the fifth chapter of Matthew, these are the words of the Messiah:   "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."  Let us just respond to this question in this way.

Is perfection possible? Yes, on the basis of the Messiah's mandate to be perfect, even as...

Let us put first things first.  Out of the 21 translations of Matthew 5:48, only one of 21 translations uses a different word for "perfect."  

Weymouth New Testament

You however are to be complete in goodness, as your Heavenly Father is "complet".  Oops, complete is misspelled at the end of the previous sentence.  It is, therefore, incomplete.  Without a relationship with the Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ), seems to me, we are also incomplete, imperfect.  To get to the root of the matter, it seems necessary to turn to Old Testament Scriptures where the word is first used.  

"These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God" (Genesis 6:9). 

So right here we find that many years before Christ uttered the words in Matthew 5:48, there was a man on the earth who was perfect in his generation!  Wow.  How many today can say that they are following in the footsteps of Noah?  The word perfect needs to be defined.  The Strong Concordance addresses it (perfect) in the following manner:

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance:  Hebrew word: tamim, #8549 

  1. Adjective: Without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely, sound, without spot, and undefiled
  2. Verb: Root word is tamam; entire (literally, figuratively or morally); also (as noun) integrity, truth -- without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely (-ity), sound, without spot, undefiled, upright(-ly), whole.
So, let us just clear the air:  None of us are perfect as Christ was perfect, that is, without sin or transgression.  But this does not mean we cannot meet the perfect mandate.  How so?  Glad you asked.  
  • By being men and women with integrity, as was Noah before his drunkeness
  • By fearing "the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness" (Joshua 24:14a)
  • By shunning evil (Job 1:1)
  • By having our hearts fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, ....." (I Kings 8:61)
  • By being sincere and upright in our relationship to Jehovah (Deuteronomy 18:13)
  • By being sound and wholesome in all that we do
  • By not being immoral, even in our thinking (Matthew 5:28)
Use the foregoing information to dig a little further into this key subject to get additional knowledge, understanding and wisdom --- and then apply as the "shoe" fits.  
  • What is Christ asking us to be? Perfect!! In what way!
  • Is it possible to achieve perfection in this life?  YES! NO!
  • How did Abraham meet the "be thou perfect" mandate? 
  • How can we meet the same mandate in layman terms, being perfect in our thinking, being fully assured, perfect and entire, perfect and complete, safe at peace, able to bring something to an end and finally, a man or woman of integrity?