Many people have thought that as a human we will never be perfect. Only Christ is perfect. But is this really true? According to Jesus, we are to be perfect, just as our Father is perfect.
Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48
This scripture teaches us that we can be perfect. We are given a goal to strive for; we are to strive to have God’s perfect love for all. We are always taught that only Christ is perfect. How can we think we can even come close to being perfect?
The truth is we can never be perfect in the flesh, but because we have Jesus in us, we can be perfect in the Spirit. To understand this, let us look at the word perfect.
There is perfect which is pronounced per-fikt and there is perfect which is pronounced per-fekt. Per-fekt is the actual act of reaching per-fikt, it is the process you go through.
In the Greek Oxford dictionary the word perfect is Teleios (tel’-i-os). Complete, finished, fulfilled, accomplished; Perfect, entire, full-grown or mature, full in number; Spotless; Definite, fixed; accomplishing, able to do.
We know that God’s love is perfect. If you have Jesus in you then you have the love of God in you.
We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the Day of Judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love cast out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 1 John 4:16-18
God is love and when we abide in Him we have no fear of judgment. This is because we know the wonderful gift of salvation the Lord has given. If you have fear (as to be afraid) then you truly have not received Christ as your savior. Once you receive Christ as your savior you will not have fear of judgment because the perfect love you receive casts out the fear.
This scripture teaches a couple of things. It says that if we abide in God, that God abides in us. This is the Spirit of God which is in us. When we walk in this Spirit we are perfect. Learning how to walk in the spirit is “per-fekt-ing” us.
Let’s look at the last part of the definition. It says able to do, or accomplishing. This refers to the per-fekt-ing of a person. It is the act of becoming perfect.
The first step in becoming perfect is to recognize you are a sinner, seek forgiveness, repent and accept Jesus as your sacrifice. When you invite Jesus into your heart, His blood cleanses all your past sins, fills you with the Spirit, gives you a measure faith and makes you a new creation. You are a new born child of God.
In order to grow in the Lord and continue to be “per-fekt-ed” you need to be fed spiritual food. The spirit in you will instruct you and guide you. But fellowship with other family members is extremely important. Finding a good church that not only teaches the truth, but also gives you a sense of belonging is an excellent start.
You need the fellowship for not only encouragement and companionship, but also to learn about unity.
I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and love them, even as You have loved Me. John 17:20-23
These are very profound words the Lord Jesus speaks here. This is part of a prayer that Jesus offers to God. It is a blessing of perfect unity. In order to have this perfect unity you need to have Jesus in you as God is in him. That means that Jesus must become a part of your living being. To accomplish this you must learn to walk in the Spirit and in order to do that you must fellowship with righteous people who will not lead you astray. Unbelievers dampen the spirit and will cause you to box it in and not let it flow freely, until you have grown to a place where you have no fear of showing all people the love you have in Christ. When you have reached this point, you will be free indeed.