BE PERFECT FOR YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS PERFECT
Why does Jesus teach us to be perfect? Does He actually expect the impossible of us?
When churches selectively teach only the Gospel of God’s amazing Love, His free gift of Salvation, His promise of Heaven for mankind, they make the Gospel sound surreal and not the wholesome Truth that it is. Because, it is a fact that there are more people out there in the secular world who lead better righteous lives than these self-acclaimed righteous of God. As such, it is but natural that they would want to do very little with them let alone the heaven they promise that is going to be filled with the likes of them!
As such, it’s a pity that they who are beguiled by the faulty gospel preached to them go on to add more of the likes of them to their lot by continuing to preach the self-same faulty gospel they have been raised in and keep genuine seekers of His righteousness and His kingdom out, leaving no room for hope for themselves in the bargain!
What makes this manner of teaching and preaching the Gospel faulty? Why does it fail to produce fruits in keeping with the will of God? For instance, why do they fail to perfect themselves as the entitled verse in Matt 5:48 clearly exhorts?
HOLLOW PEOPLE OF THE HOLLOW GOSPEL:
Whilst majority of the so-called ‘Christians’ are happy to live under the delusion that Jesus couldn’t have meant it literally since according to them it is impossible for human beings to be perfect, the rest believe it is only the call to be born again – i.e., to be washed by the cleansing Blood of the Lamb. Therefore the latter claim they have been perfected (!) by virtue of having had already heeded the aforementioned call – thus literally making a mockery of themselves and the half-baked notions they sell BY THEIR GLARING IMPERFECTIONS!
The end-result is that both classes of ‘Christians’ become exposed by their folly. As, neither succeed in showcasing the hallmark characteristic of a godly person which is ‘THE INHERENT AND COMPELLING HUNGER AND THIRST FOR GOD’S SURPASSING RIGHTEOUSNESS’ that Jesus talks about in Matt 5:6, Matt 5:20, Matt 6:33 etc.
The hollowness of their ‘Christian’ personality comes across as evidently as the hollowness of the faulty gospel they preach and advocate. Is it a wonder then that they are shunned by both the wicked and the godly – the two opposite extremes of the Spiritual spectrum – and are instead comprised of the ‘in-betweeners’ or the “lukewarms”, as the Spirit of God calls them (Rev 3:15-16), who are only fit to be spat out?
Personally speaking, they are those who are forever challenging me and resisting my ministry with such open retaliations as these, to quote a few:
“Do you claim that you are perfect? For if you do then it shows what a liar you are?”
“Can’t you understand that nobody is perfect but that God loves us in spite of our imperfections?”
“As it is and for your information I am washed by the Blood of the Lamb, therefore I am perfected already and nothing you say will alter the fact!”
THE FULLNESS OF THE GOOD NEWS OR THE TRUE GOSPEL:
All doors shut on my face and all roads leading me farther away from these “self-righteous”, I looked to God for His counsel. It is then that He unraveled the mystery of the parable of the Wedding Banquet in Matt 22:1-14 & Lk 14:21-23 which concludes in these verses, “For many are invited, but few are chosen.” and “I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of My banquet.” respectively.
The True Gospel or the Good News therefore is this that God calls us and sets us apart so that WE MAY ABOVE EVERYTHING ELSE BE MADE PERFECT AND HOLY. Read 1 Pet 1:16, “For it is written, ‘Be holy, because I am Holy.’ “
Unless one perceives this INVALUABLE TRUTH one cannot even hope to seek all that He has promised which of course includes forgiveness of sins, salvation, eternal life and the very Kingdom of God amongst scores of other unmatched Spiritual and profound blessings of God (1 Cor 2:9).
BEING WASHED IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB PROVIDES FOR THE STEPPING STONE FOR OUR PURSUIT OF HIS HOLINESS. IT IS A START-UP AND MAKES FOR A NEW BEGINNING – LITERALLY THE GRANTING OF A CLEAN SLATE SO THAT WE MAY BEGIN AFRESH!
It is, to begin with, the testimony of the Blood PROVIDED we have the testimony of the Spirit and the Word also concurring with it (1 Jn 5:6-7).
It means, just as the born-again experience is wrought in us through the combined ministry of the Spirit, the Blood and the Word of the Lamb (Jn 3:5-7), the perfection of it or the fullness of it can only be wrought in us by our continued fellowship with the Spirit so that we may continue to receive of the Word under the sanctifying Spiritual canopy which the Blood of the Lamb of God provides (eg. Jn 15:1-5, Jn 11:8b & 10a).
But, God forbid, if we continue to live in the old and sinful way that we did before receiving the cleansing of the Lord then to be sure we become GUILTY! Not just guilty but IRREVOCABLY GUILTY as our condition would have without doubt worsened AT LEAST seven times! (Matt 12:43-45, Heb 6:4-6, Heb 10:26-31).
FOR, IT IS ONE THING TO SIN IN IGNORANCE (Lk 23:34) AND QUITE ANOTHER TO SIN KNOWINGLY OR WILLFULLY (Heb 10:26-31)!
It is also important to note how the sin of willfulness creeps into our lives when though obviously ignorant we pretend we are not! This is why Jesus states, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.” (Jn 9:41).
AS REGARDS THE PERFECTION, THE HOLINESS, HE ADVOCATES (eg. 1 Pet 1:15-16), it is the righteousness of God, which is the surpassing righteousness far above any law under the sun, even the Law of Moses (Gal 5:18 & 22, Jn 1:17). Also read Matt 5:20.
THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IS THE GODLINESS THAT TRULY DISTINGUISHES THE GODLY (Matt 5:14-16). IT IS QUITE LITERALLY THE SPIRITUAL WEDDING CLOTHES THE INVITEES TO THE WEDDING OF THE LAMB IS EXPECTED TO BE ADORNED IN (Matt 22:11-14, Rev 19:7-8 etc.).
To learn the same, one ought not to retrace one’s steps to the ‘Law of Moses’ or even to the Ten Commandments for that matter. Rather, to the fullness of the righteousness of God made known since the beginning, which though man had cast aside came once again to be reinstated by the Son of God (eg. Matt chapters 5-7) and are now being reminded of and taught by the Holy Spirit to all who are willing to be taught by Him.
Yes, they are taught by the Holy Spirit and not by man or any church man has founded (eg. Jn 6:46). IF IT WAS NOT SO, THE SON OF GOD NEEDN’T HAVE COME AT ALL! As it is, man having been found unfaithful since the very beginning (Hos 6:7, Isa 43:27 etc.), it was fulfilled according to the pre-ordained purpose of God that Truth and True Righteousness be revealed to one and all by the Coming of the Son of God.
As for me, since I began to be trained under the divine tutelage of the Holy Spirit, I have been faithful to transcribe them to make them freely available to one and all just as it was commanded to me. The fullness of the True Commandments of God or the Surpassing Righteousness of God can be freely availed of in this website. The steady growth in the sheer volume of the work entrusted to me bears testimony to the fact that I have been careful to be faithful to them through perfect obedience and diligent teaching of them. Let us remember, the key-word is OBEDIENCE: refer Jn 14:23, “Jesus replied, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling with him.’” Also refer to Rev 3:20, 1 Jn 9 etc.
It never stops to amaze me to find out how much there is to unlearn (all that was taught and ingrained in us by the unfaithful man) so that we may truly learn all that which is truly of God. And as I press on I am able to reiterate for myself that which Paul testified concerning himself in Phil 3:12, “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.”External beauty is skin deep –
It begins and ends with flawlessness. Internal beauty is soul deep – It begins and ends with an unblemished conscience. (Therefore, be ye perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.)