"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, ... 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.
If we can find a person who lived perfect in the Bible then we can assume that we also can become perfect. The Bible shows that there are many saints who lived perfect and gives their accounts. This gives us hope that we can also become perfect.
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The Transcript of this Message
Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus: the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon you.
We think that 'be ye perfect' is a New Testament commandment and Apostle Paul has introduced the doctrine of grace. Both are wrong and these were very ancient from OT. Gen 6:8 Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 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. That is, he obeyed God perfectly and so God called him perfect.
Then, God commanded Abraham to live a perfect life. Gen 17:1 ... the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
When God spoke to Isaac he refers this and said that he will fulfill the covenant because Abraham fulfilled his part by walking perfect. Gen 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
Then God told Israel that he is driving the people of abominations and giving the land them. And he tells them, Deut 18:13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. It was commanded to Israel.
2 Sam 22:31 As for God, his way is perfect; .... 33 God is my strength and power: And he maketh my way perfect. That is, God's way is perfect. My way is also perfect and it is God's doing. It is similar to the NT commandment be ye therefore perfect even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. It is fulfilled even in the OT.
When King Hezekiah was sick prophet Isaiah told him that he will die and asked him to set the family in order. Hezekiah asked God to remember his perfect life and God favored him immediately. 2 King 20:3 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. 4 And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 5 Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: .... 6 And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria;.. It is because King Hezekiah lived a perfect life. So, we see that not only God requires his people to live perfect and he also honors perfect people. Yet, todays preachers have the audacity to teach against perfection.
In the Old Testament God and Satan argued the perfection of man. What is going on today is the extension of the same thing. People of God argue for perfection and people of Satan argue against perfection. Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. 8 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? Eschew is to avoid; shun, or escape evil, that is to hate sin. So, sinless perfection is to fear God and to eschew evil. Verses 9 to 11 we see Satan argues with God. But God challenged the devil saying that Job lived a perfect life. Job 2:3 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? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. Then again God allowed Satan to destroy even the health of Job. 9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. 10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips. Four friends of Job came to comfort him. But they were same as the preachers of today. They tried their best to prove that Job was not perfect, until God came and told Eliphaz, one of his friends, that his wrath was kindled against them. Then they had shut up. It is on Job 42:7-9. Todays preachers also speak against the commandment to be perfect. They may do the same thing until God confronts them. God will do it one day. But, if it is on the judgment day, it will be a too late for them. I wish they repent when they have a chance.
God commanded his people to live perfect even in the OT and many lived perfect lives. The power and grace of God makes his people perfect. It is important for us to know that they were made perfect so that we also submit ourselves to God to be made perfect.
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