IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES:
TOPIC: I AM PERFECTION PERSONIFIED
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”
If perfection is unattainable the all wise God will not give it as a command to mankind to attain.
Now, all of this perfection comes from God’s own nature. We serve and love and worship a perfect God, don’t we? We serve a perfect God. God is absolutely perfect. He is perfect in His person. He is unchanging, never changes, that means He is never improving and never getting worse. Because He can’t, he is already perfect. He is omnipotent, that means perfect in power. It is impossible for God to have any more power than He does right now. He is omniscient. It is impossible for God to know anymore than He knows right now. He knows all things now. God is perfect in holiness. He hates evil. In Him, there is no darkness at all. He is absolutely perfect in His holiness. He is perfectly just. He loves justice and righteousness, and hates wickedness. And it would be impossible for God to love these and hate the wickedness anymore than he does. He’s already perfect. These days, there’s the idea of a changing God, a transforming or growing God, that God is growing along with us. That is false. God is perfect now, He’s always been perfect, and He always will be perfect. And God is perfectly loving. It is impossible for God to love you, in Christ, anymore than he does right now. It’s impossible. It’s frankly impossible for God to love His enemies more than He does right now.
Our God is a perfect God. And not only is our God in His person perfect, His salvation plan is perfect too, isn’t it? God had the whole salvation plan worked out perfectly, down to the jot and tittle. He had the whole thing worked out before the foundation of the world, and there’s no way that it could be improved to bring Him more glory and us more joy. Amen
It does seem, at first sight, as if perfection could belong only to the Creator, but we remember that the works of God are also perfect, and so are all his ways. When he made the earth, the sun, the moon, the stars, he looked upon them and said, “They are very good.” Written on the face of nature, there was then this one word, Perfection. All God’s works were perfect, without a flaw; the great Artificer completed all his workmanship, and left nothing undone. There was no lough and crude matter which he had not formed; then was no substance he touched which he did not turn into the gold of perfectness.
God said to Abraham, “I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect” (Genesis 17:1).
God also said to the children of Israel, “Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 18:13).
David determined in his heart to obey this command.
He said, “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way… I will walk within my house with a perfect heart” (Psalm 101:2).
We see the Lord’s command to be perfect in the New Testament as well.
Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”
WHAT IS PERFECTION?
Perfection does not mean a sinless, flawless heart. Man judges by outward appearances, by what he sees. But God judges the heart; the unseen motives. David was said to have had a perfect heart toward God “all the days of his life,” yet he failed in so many ways.
When we are ‘In Christ’ we are made whole and complete… restoring us to a relationship with our Creator, leading us to maturity in faith and gives us a hope of what have been waiting for us… prepared by Christ FOR US!
Before the death and resurrection of Christ no one is perfect because the first Adam was filled with imperfections but the second Adam JESUS CHRIST IS PERFECTION PERSONIFIED and in Him mankind was made whole, completely PERFECT!
A perfect heart is a responsive heart.
It quickly and totally answers the Lord’s wooing, whisperings and warnings.
This heart says at all times, “Speak, Lord, for your servant heareth. Show me the path and I will walk in it.”
PERFECTION POSSIBLE ONLY IN CHRIST
Paul wrote, “That we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” (Colossians 1:28); and, in the same letter he wrote, “…that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God” (4:12).
And Peter said, “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you” (1 Peter 5:10).
But, then, while speaking of the doctrine of perfection, we must remember that, according to the sacred oracles, perfection is absolutely necessary for all who hope to enter heaven. We may have lost perfection, but that does not alter God’s demand for it. It may be impossible that we should ever be perfect in ourselves, but God demands that we should be perfect. The holy law was given by God; and if we wish to be saved by it, we must keep it perfectly: no man who is not perfect can ever hope to enter heaven. Unless he can find perfection somewhere, — in another, if not in himself, he must be irretrievably ruined, and driven from God’s presence. No man under the sun can ever walk the starry plains of heaven, or tread the golden shoots of bliss, until he gets perfection somehow or somewhere.
First of all, it would be unjust in God if he did not punish man if he is not perfect. God required of all men, originally, that they should keep his law entirely. Now, if a man is not perfect, it stands to reason that he must have broken God’s law, otherwise he would be perfect. Having broken it, God has said, “I will punish sin; ‘the soul that sinneth, it shall die.’” And— with reverence to the Most High God, we say it, — if he does not punish every sin, he is not a just God; if he does not exact the punishment for every transgression, there is a blot upon his escutcheon, the whiteness of his throne is tinged with stains, and he is no longer that awfully, severely just God we have considered him to be.
Then comes the speculative perfectionist, and he tells you that you must believe in Jesus Christ, and then, by a rigid system of devotion, and constantly observing religious duties, you will attain to three or four stages. You will got, in the first place, to justification, then to sanctification, and go on by degrees until you will be perfectly sanctified, and come to the highest degree men can have in the body. I have met with some of these “perfectly sanctified” gentlemen, but I could have spoiled their perfection simply by treading on their corns; and I believe I have done so, for they have seemed to be immensely cross when I have denied their proud boast.
Where, then, is perfection to be found? The text tells us that all Christians are perfect in Christ Jesus, that the sons and daughters of the Lord God Almighty are perfect in Christ Jesus. Let me try to explain the meaning of this perfection in Christ.
When God chose his people, he did not choose them one by one, separately; but he chose Christ, and all his people were chosen in him. Just as when I select an acorn, I select all the unborn forests slumbering in that acorn cup, so, when God chose Jesus, he chose all the people that were in him, all whom Christ had taken to himself by an eternal union, and had made one with his own person.
Secondly, the chosen ones are all m Christ also by redemption. When Jesus died, each one of us who believe in Jesus died in him; and when he suffered, we suffered in Christ. Our sins were laid on Christ’s head; and now, Christ’s merits are laid on us. Christ made an atonement for the sins of all his elect through the shedding of his blood upon the cross. We were in him when he died, we were in him when they laid him in the grave, we were in him when he rose and led captivity captive, and we are in him now.
Thirdly, we are in the Lord Jesus Christ actually, positively, and to our own knowledge, when we believe in him. It is then, when faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, that we become consciously in Christ. We were in Christ before, but we did not know it; we were made secure in Jesus from before the foundation of the world; but we did not know it, we had no evidence of it whatever.
EVERY MAN WHO IS IN CHRIST IS PERFECT.
Does not this startle us? The majesty of our text demands someone who could discourse with eloquence; yea, it needs an angel to proclaim its glorious meaning. Believers are, in Christ, perfect, — every one of them. There is a new-born child of God! It may be only ten minutes since he put his faith in Jesus Christ. Before that time, he had been a drunkard, a swearer, a blasphemer; but yet I tell you, if that man has really believed and is in Christ, he is perfect in Christ.
Then why, beloved, are you down in your spirits, while you are “perfect in Christ”? Why do you lie on the ground? It is time for you to take your harp from the willows; if you are “perfect in Christ,” I can see no room for sadness. Suppose that you are going to a poor house where you have not a bit of fire; never mind, you can say, “I am perfect in Jesus.” Perhaps you will scarcely know where the next meal will come from; — let this thought cheer you, “Perfect in Jesus.” Though the wind may come and blow between the rags that cover you, if you can say, “I am perfect in Jesus,” you can be content with poverty. Though you are in pain, and tossing about in your bed, if you can say, “I am perfect in Jesus,” it will be like medicine to soothe your spirits; and when grim death appears, you only need look him in the face, and say, “Perfect in Jesus,” and in that moment death will change into an angel, pain will be turned into bliss, and sorrow into immortal glory. God give all of you to realize that you are perfect in Jesus, in Jesus only, in Jesus for ever! Bless his precious name! Hallelujah to his person, glory to his grace! Seraphs, sing out his praises! Cherubs, take up the note! Ye rocks, ye hills, burst forth into song! All ye Christians, sing praises to him who loved us with an everlasting love, and who will carry us safe home to glory to be with him for ever and ever!
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