Perfection for a Christian
Hebrews 13: 20-21. “Now the God of Peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.
Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Only God is Divine, and Sinless.
But He calls us to be “perfect”, which in the Bible means that we are to attain to that which you were brought into being for.
We are to fulfill the Purpose of God for our lives; we are to be complete.
How can this be done?
“..through the blood of the everlasting covenant.”
Or “…through Jesus Christ;..”
You see, God made a covenant with His Son Jesus Christ, before He created the earth.
It basically was a promise on both sides, which said:
God, the Son would become the Man Christ Jesus and come to earth, live a perfect and sinless life, and then die on the cross; taking all our sins on Him.
So that whosoever would come to Him to be saved from their sin, could be saved.
God, the Father would raise up Jesus from the dead, in the tomb. He would reward His Son with a people that would love Him. God the Father would draw them to Christ, conform them to His beloved Son; and take them home to heaven when they died.
(Salvation in the Bible is: justification and sanctification and glorification.
Justification is a legal term, and means that Jesus made peace with God, by taking our punishment on Himself….and we are made not guilty before God, and more, we are made positively righteous in Him. [Romans 5:1]
Sanctification is the setting aside ourselves to God in a practical sense. We receive from Him, by the Holy Spirit, power to be free from besetting sins, habits, and the corruptions of the world….spiritual liberty and grace (ability) to be all He has for us. [2 Corinthians 3:17-18]
Glorification is the Lord taking us home and changing our corruptible bodies into incorruptible, for the life we will have with Him in Heaven. [1 Corinthians 15:52-54])
When we are saved, Jesus becomes our Shepherd. And by His guidance and strength; we are lead through this life.
He makes us “perfect” by leading us in and out of many situations where we are to help, pray, speak about Him, or lend a hand.
These situations mold us and shape us into His likeness….we are complete in Him.
As we follow Him, and are obedient to what He wants us to do……becoming and receiving through these situations all He has for us; then we have attained to the Purpose for which He created us.
This is Bible perfection for a Christian. To see all the “good works” done….in you and through you.
I have “good works” in quotes, because there are so many ideas about the words.
When the Bible speaks of good works, it means anything the Lord wants you to do. Whether that is a lot or a little, what ever His will is, those are the good works He has for you.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained (made full provision for) that we should walk in them.”
(It is ever a “walk” with the Lord, in scripture)
And Jesus never leaves us. He has sent His Holy Spirit within each Christian to encourage them, strengthen them, and guide them into the life He has for each of them.
Let us follow on to perfection: to do God’s Purpose for our lives, everyday with Him.