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“Be Ye Therefore…” – Perfect

12 Feb
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Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Introduction

This is the second in the “Be Ye Therefore…” series.  Christ is speaking here during what is referred to as the Sermon on the Mount. He starts out this part of His sermon with verse 20 of this chapter.  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20) He goes on to describe the kind of righteousness a person must have to enter the Kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of heaven is when Christ sets up His everlasting kingdom here on earth and heaven rules here. Anyone who enters will have to be perfect as the Father is perfect. When Christ brings up several points of the law such as adultery, He shows that God’s standard of righteousness is higher than we can attain to. Why, if a man even looks with lust on a woman he has committed adultery. The pharisees had reduced righteousness to just an outward showing of obedience to the law.

“Nobody’s Perfect”

The point of the sermon on the mount is not to introduce new law but to point out that we cannot enter heaven or the kingdom of heaven by our own efforts. You cannot be good enough. That is why Paul the apostle says, “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” (Galatians 2:16) 

“And be found in Him…”

Many have preached Matthew 5:48 by defining perfection as maturity, and there is certainly a truth to be taught regarding spiritual growth, but notice Christ uses it in the sense of complete righteousness. He tells us to be perfect as the Father in heaven is perfect.  This isn’t maturity because to be mature means to be fully developed whether physical or spiritual.  That implies that previously the mature person was not fully developed or was immature.  Such has never been the case with the Father.  He has never been immature so what does Christ mean and how can we be perfect. There is only one way to stand before God one day and be seen as perfect… You must have the righteousness of Christ imputed to you.  Paul again confirms this, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith…” (Philippians 3:9)

Final Thought

Christ is saying even now to us, don’t just trust in formal ritualism or outward observances of rules, but trust in Christ for your salvation and follow the leadership of His Holy Spirit. If you are to accomplish what God would have you do this year, it will be because you have trusted Him and followed His lead.  Be ye therefore, my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

THINK ON THESE THINGS…

A Fellow Servant

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18 responses to ““Be Ye Therefore…” – Perfect

  1. Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus

    February 12, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    We know A Servant when God talks about perfection, He means perfection in Love, (see below) not worldly fleshy perfection, which is the same as fleshy love, always changing, no commitment, if it feels good do it or just rubbish it and walk away, regardless of who gets hurt.

    We need to remember we are not only covered by Jesus righteousness, we also walk as He walked when we are perfected, as we can see in the Scripture below, to say we can or do go on sinning after we are perfected in Love, contradicts many Scriptures, (some are below) and Paul said perfection is what we are to aim for by putting our flesh to death.

    1John 3: 7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    1John 4:16-19 And we have known and believed the Love that God hath to us. God is Love; and he that dwelleth in Love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    Romans 6 : 1 – 2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

    Galatians 24 -26 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

    Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 9) No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    Romans 3:30-31 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

    Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

    Christian Love and blessings from us both – Anne .

     
    • A Fellow Servant

      February 12, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Great points and true. Thank you sister for sharing. Always good to hear from you. God bless.

       
    • Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus

      February 12, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Sorry Fellow Servant, I thought you were A Servant , hope I get it right soon but I did wonder why the contradiction.

      Blessings – Anne

       
      • Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus

        February 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm

        Thank you for your kind words Brother A Fellow Servant but please could you clarify …

        A Servant is just going to share over Coffee and you are going to Post messages, am I correct or have I got it wrong.

        Annie has lost it again 🙄

         
        • A Fellow Servant

          February 12, 2014 at 10:39 pm

          I just saw your last comment. Sorry for the confusion sister 🙂 We’ll both post. ‘A Servant’ has been doing a great job with the daily discussions but he will continue to post as well. I apologize for the mix up. Thanks for keeping us straight and God bless.

           
        • A Fellow Servant

          February 12, 2014 at 10:48 pm

          And I appreciate your kindness and hope to be as much a blessing to you as you are to me. We try to cut down on the confusion by signing our posts differently. ‘A Servant’ always signs with the phrase Until Night – A Servant and I always sign with the phrase Think on These Things – A Fellow Servant. It is a privilege to serve in this ministry with ‘A Servant’ and to serve with good Christians like you Anne. God bless.

           
          • Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus

            February 13, 2014 at 4:02 am

            Thank you Brother for your patience with me, I’m really a cracked vessel, thankfully God is the Super glue.

            See you soon without holes 🙂 Anne

             
      • A Fellow Servant

        February 12, 2014 at 10:35 pm

        No contradiction intended. We do walk in His righteousness after salvation which will cause us to bear the fruit of the Spirit and do good works which is part of the product of that perfection of His righteousness. We here at Servants Journal believe in good works, but that, as Ephesians 2 says, we’re saved unto good works not by them. Everything you pointed out is true of a Christian, but I was pointing out that Christ, who was speaking to a crowd, in part, made of religious elites that trusted in their keeping of the law for salvation, was telling them and by extension the present world that no man or woman can be perfect or justified by the keeping of the law. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said perfection in love. That is also what I was saying in this post, https://servantsjournal.com/2014/02/03/and-yet-shew-i-unto-you-a-more-excellent-way/. I really appreciate your feedback. It is great to hear from you.

        Christian Love – A Fellow Servant

         
        • Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus

          February 13, 2014 at 4:53 am

          I will meet you A Fellow Servant on … a more excellent way… Thanks again, not meaning contradiction in Teaching, just when you both were going to do it… I agree 100% with both of you, we can’t earn our Salvation it is a free gift but yes as you also said, we will show we have it!

          Blessings – Anne

           
          • A Fellow Servant

            February 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

            You have surely blessed me today Anne. I just read your last three comments and thank The Lord for them. For all three contained solid and biblical teaching. I am thankful the good Lord crossed our paths. God bless ya. Oh, and I’m glad He’s the super glue too.

             
  2. Skye

    February 12, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Oh, Dear Friend, this was such a wonderful post. I thank you for it. My you be richly blessed for your willingness to spread the good news of the Gospel. Thank you.

     
  3. A Fellow Servant

    February 12, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Amen. Thanks for stopping by sister. God bless you.

     
  4. A Servant

    February 12, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    This is a great discourse on perfection. Very nicely done.

     
  5. A Fellow Servant

    February 12, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    God bless you brother. Can’t wait til the next Morning Coffee… 🙂

     
  6. Elaine

    February 12, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Great post with a wonderful explanation of perfection, Much appreciated. Thank you!

     
    • A Fellow Servant

      February 12, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      God bless you Elaine. Thanks for stopping by.

       
      • Elaine

        February 12, 2014 at 11:35 pm

        Thank you. it was my pleasure. I’ve only recently started following this blog. Enjoying the posts from both you and A Servant! God bless you for sharing His word,

         
        • A Fellow Servant

          February 12, 2014 at 11:38 pm

          It is both a privilege and a blessing to serve the Lod in this way. I’m thankful you’re being blessed.

           

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