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Perfection Defined

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48

What does that verse mean to you?  The Bible is literally instructing us to be perfect?  Now we know that perfection in the truest, physical sense, doesn’t exist in a world filled with sin and is unattainable for us from birth, because of our sinful nature.  However, this literal instruction to be perfect is the result of a rebirth in Christ.  We read of this difference in Philippians, as Paul says in his epistle to the church at Philippi, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:12 This perfection that he has not yet attained is the physical perfection of the resurrection of his body upon Christ’s return.  We read of Paul’s description of this in verses 10-11, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:10-11  Despite not yet achieving this perfection, Paul speaks of yet another perfection, the same we read about in Matthew above, “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.” Philippians 3:15 KJV

The distinction is clear and the call is perfection through Christ.  We know that Jesus was the only one who was wholly perfect, in body and spirit, and though the bodily perfection is not yet attainable for us, our spirit can be made perfect, washed clean by the blood of Jesus, if we make one simple decision, to accept Him as our Savior.  He’ll wash away those sins, giving us a spiritual rebirth into perfection and have us longing for the day when we’ll be wholly perfect in body and spirit.

Isn’t it time to follow the call to perfection and accept Jesus as your Savior?  If you want to make that decision, just click here, or on the Knowing the Truth tab above.

Have a blessed day!

Victory in the Lord

On this day, Good Friday, let us remember the reason for this Easter weekend, that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world, past, present, and future.  He died for my disgraceful sins over 2000 years ago, so that I might have an opportunity for eternal life and cleansing from those sins, if I only believe in Him.  Think about that, that God loved us so much that He gave up His Son to die on the cross for our sins.  Just as John 3:16 KJV says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  We’ve all seen that verse on signs at ballgames, but do we stop to think about what it means?  God so loved the world, everyone from Adam to you reading this and me writing and all those in between, Everyone, that His Son died on the cross with our sins on his shoulders on this day.  To think that my sins helped drive the nails into His hands and feet is just heartbreaking, but to know that He was willing to undergo all of that for me, despite my sins, gives me more hope than anything ever could.

In Romans 6:23 we learn that “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  This death is a spiritual death, because sooner or later we will all die physically.  But aren’t you thankful that on this Good Friday we were given the gift of God through His Son Jesus, so that we might not die that spiritual death, but have everlasting life.

It’s really easy for us to get caught up in the marketing of the Easter holiday, with the chocolate bunnies, eggs, baskets, etc.  But the real celebration lies in the resurrection of Jesus, His victory over death, and His burial of our sins with His fleshly body.  As we read in I Corinthians 15:3-5, “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.”

If there’s any one of you who are unsure of what would happen if you died today, there’s hope for you too.  All of us have sinned Romans 3:23, so as Christians our sinfulness is no different from yours.  The difference is we’ve been cleansed from our sins through the bloodshed of Jesus on the cross, because we believe that He died for those sins.  That’s all it takes for you too.  If you’re uncertain, you can be certain, by just believing.

If you want that freedom from sin and to know that you have eternal life, just pray something similar to the following:

Dear Lord, I’m a sinner.  I recognize that as a sinner I’m not worthy of your mercy and grace.  But I believe that Your Son Jesus died on the cross for my sins and I believe that He rose again.  I ask now Lord for Jesus to come into my heart and forgive me of my sins and I accept Him as my Lord and Savior.

In Jesus name, Amen.

If you sincerely prayed then that’s all it takes to begin your life with Jesus.  If you prayed that prayer, I want to challenge you to begin reading the Bible so that you might nourish the seed that’s been planted.  I would encourage you to begin with the gospels, in Matthew.  If you don’t have a Bible, email me your name and address john@voiceoftruthblog.com and I will send you one for free.

Have a blessed day!!