We must become perfect as God is perfect

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."


I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

God says that we must become perfect as God is perfect

Even it appears impossible we still can be perfect because of the grace of God. People think that nobody can become perfect. But, it is God who makes his people perfect. God can and he will do it.

It is a hard task to live a perfect life  for anybody and everybody. Christians try again and again to be perfect, but only to find that they fail to become perfect. So, most preachers say that when God wants us to be perfect, he does not mean that we must be perfect, but he wants us to be better. Yes, it is the practical capability of men, but it is not what God says. Further, when God requires us to be perfect, he put God the Father for an example so that nobody can water down the meaning of the word 'perfect'. The Bible says that we must be perfect as 'God the Father' is perfect. Matthew 5:48 says: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." How in the world is this possible? Let us look and analyze it through common sense and through the Bible. 

1. Bible Evidence for Perfection

A. How Practical is God?

Generally Christians approach the teachings of the Bible through the practicality in life. Take the following verse for an example. Matthew 5:48 says: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Is it practical for a person to live a perfect life? The overwhelming answer is 'No'. But God wants us to be perfect. So there is a clash and it needs some kind of adjustment. So they redefine the meaning of the word 'perfect'. They say that when God says 'perfect' he does not mean 'sinless perfection.' So, they can sin and have the satisfaction of being perfect. But, since God is also cited for an example for being perfect, this technique is not true. He asks them to be perfect as the Heavenly Father is perfect. Since God is perfect without sin, God expects them also to be perfect without sin. So, 'perfect' is sinless. There is not such a thing called "perfection with sin." Here they got stuck.

B. Logic with the Bible

Let us study it from the Bible whether is it possible for a human being to be perfect? The logic is, if we can find a person who is perfect in the Bible, then we assume that a human can indeed become perfect. And, then we should learn how they became perfect so that we may also become perfect. Since God has made them perfect, he can make us also perfect.

C. Perfect Saints of the Old

The Bible says that Noah was just (righteous), perfect, and most of all he walked with God. Even though Christian preachers find fault with Noah saying that he was drinking wine, which he did in the privacy of his tent, etc, the word of God says that Noah obeyed all that God commanded him. God did not tell him that he should not drink wine. In the sight of God, Noah was perfect because Noah had not disobeyed a single commandment given to him by God. Genesis 6 says: "9 -- Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he."

God himself challenged the devil saying that Job lived a perfect life. Job 1:8 says: "And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?" The Word of God says that Job has not committed sin. Job 1:22 says: "In all this Job sinned not,---" But, the so called four friends of Job, on whom the wrath of God was kindled, accused Job. So also, the modern day preachers accuse Job on many things and the wrath of God is on them also. They do not even see it since the devil has blinded them.

God told Abraham to live a perfect life before him. Genesis 17:1 says: "And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect". Abraham fulfilled what God has required of him and received the testimony even from Jesus Christ. John 8:39 says: "They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham." According to Jesus Christ, if we claim that Abraham or God to be our father, we must do what they have done. Present day preachers also call God as their father, but they refuse to become perfect and do what the devil has done. Jesus Christ tells them as John 8:44 says: "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do."

When King Hezekiah was sick he asked God to remember his perfect life and God favored him immediately. 2 Kings 20:3 says: "I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight." So, King Hezekiah lived a perfect life according to God.

So, it is proof that there were perfect people in the Old Testament.

D. Perfect Saints of the New

The Apostle was speaking to those who were already perfect in the Church of Philippians. This proves that there were perfect people in the Church. Philippians 3:15 says: "Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you." Apostle Paul rebukes Corinthian Church for its sins. But, in the middle of the rebuke, he recognizes the perfect people in the Church and speaks to them in spiritual wisdom. 1 Corinthians 2:6 says: "Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world,---." So, there are perfect people.

2. Church Perfects Saints

God's purpose for the Church is to perfect believers even to the measure of the perfection of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately most Churches teach evasive false doctrine saying that man cannot become perfect. Ephesians 4 says: "11) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  12) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13) Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:." Here, we all know the fullness of Christ is perfect. It is the responsibility of the church to bring the people to the fullness of Christ. Since the preachers are employed by churches, and it is just another religious profession, they don't want to do what God wants them to do, they do what they supposed to do it as a profession. So, they twist the messages accordingly.

The Church, the Bride of Christ, will be without spot, wrinkle, or any such thing, which means that the Church must be perfect and holy. Ephesians 5 says: 25) "--- Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27) That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." The holy and perfect Church is the Bride of Christ. Apostle Paul wants to present the church as a chaste virgin to Christ. False preachers, with subtilty of Satan, deceives the church saying that she cannot become perfect. 2 Corinthians 11: says: "2) For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3) But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." Here, the simplicity of Christ will accept only a chaste virgin as his bride and no other.

There is the sound of victory that the Bride has made herself ready by her own righteousness. Revelation 19 says: "7) Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8) And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." Self righteousness and unrighteousness are fruits of rebellion apart from God. But the righteousness of the bride is different. Deuteronomy 6:25 says: "... it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us." Romans 6:16 says: "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" So, it is our obedience to God is our righteousness. The bride obeyed all commandments of Jesus Christ and it was given to her as fine linen, clean and white apparel of righteousness. Perfect obedience gives perfect victory.

Jesus Christ died to purify the Church and to make it perfect for himself. Ephesians 5 says: "25) --- Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27) That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." Jesus Christ is still doing this to those who submit themselves to Christ. Proud people are against it because they are of the devil.

The very purpose of the ministry of apostles is to present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. Colossians 1 says: "28) Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29) Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily." Perfect in Christ means the following. We, as the branches abide in the vine, should abide by the word of God, receive the power of the Holy Ghost as the branches receive the sap from the vine, and produce the same fruit as Jesus has produced while he was a man. John 15 says: "5) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 7) If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ..." Then, we will live as perfect as Jesus Christ was, when he was living as a man. But, our preachers teach Christians to recite a few clichés like 'we are in Christ', 'we are saved', etc, and deceive people. And people are not getting the power from God.

3. Is 'Sinless Perfection' a doctrine of the devil?

Many preachers say that requiring "sinless perfection" is false doctrine of devils. If it is of the devil, the devil must promote his doctrine. Did anybody find anywhere that the devil tells people to live without sinning and be perfect? Does the devil tells us not to sin and be perfect as the devil? No. We know that it is God, who demands that we live perfect without sin. When God requires this, how dare they call it as the doctrine of the devil. Do they call God as the devil? Don't listen to them, but listen to what God says.

The Word of God says that Noah was perfect. God challenged Satan with the perfectness of Job. God asked Abraham to live perfect, which Abraham did. King Hezekiah asked God to remember his perfect life which God responded readily. The purpose of the fivefold ministry is to make believers perfect as Jesus Christ is perfect. The Holy Ghost, the Apostles and Jesus Christ himself are working to present a perfect, spotless Church, which will be the bride. The Bride of Jesus Christ, the true Church of God, has made herself ready by her own righteousness. So, there were and there are perfect people, and there will be perfect people, according to the Bible.

But, the devil always deceives his people by saying that nobody can be perfect. Are you belong to the devil or to God. Jesus Christ says that his sheep will hear his voice and will follow him. John 10:26 says: "But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" As the sheep of God, let us hear the voice of God and follow the way of Jesus Christ. Let us make ourselves also ready for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 24:44 says: "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."

4. It is the Power of God that makes Us Perfect

The Chosen of God will not listen to the enticing words of preachers, but will keep marching forward. Psalm 4 says: "3) But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. 4) Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah." If we are godly, God will make us his sons and daughters, as Jesus Christ is the Son, so that He will be the first born and we will be the next after Him and how marvelous that will be? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8 says: "29) For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" It is God who makes us perfect. But it is important that we submit to him, and resist the devil. Hebrews 2:10 says, "For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings." That is, Jesus was made perfect through his sufferings. Romans 8 says, "17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." So, our striving against sin and to become perfect for God, will bring us to glory. 2 Timothy 2:12 says, "If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:" If you suffer for it, You will become perfect.

5. However, "Be Perfect" is not mandatory for eternal life.

There are new earth, which is paradise, and new heaven in eternity. The gospel for eternal life is to obtain new heaven. Thos who strive for eternal life (in new heaven), if they fail they may also enter new earth (paradise). But the gospel is not for new earth, where there is no inheritance. What I try to say is this: Try to obey God perfectly. If you are sincere, God will give you grace and power, and you will succeed. If you miss new heaven with inheritance, you may attain heaven in paradise, where there is eternal joy. How to pursue is your choice. Let me explain it with scriptures. "Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." The young man is fulfilling the basic commandments. He asks for what he can do more. Jesus told him that if he want to be perfect, do the following. It was only a choice, but not mandatory. If he becomes perfect, he will have treasure in heaven, which is eternal life with inheritance, that is the status of a son of God. "Luke 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection." Here, if you are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, then you cannot be perfect towards the things of eternal life. Notice, his full dedication is for the pleasures of this life, then what is left is his religion. Yet, it is up to him to chose between the inheritance in heaven or the pleasures of this world. So, to 'be perfect' is our choice. Either we will go after the inheritance in heaven or the pleasures of this world. The pleasure here is tangible, and the inheritance in heaven is not tangible, we may say that it is by faith. Almost all Christians believe that heaven belongs to them, and it is blind faith.

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