…except God of course, so let us for a moment examine the condition of “perfection”. Websters 1828 Dictionary defines perfection as the state of being perfect or complete, so that nothing requisite is wanting.
1) Physical perfection, is when a natural object has all its powers, faculties or qualities entire and in full vigor, and all its parts in due proportion.
2) Metaphysical or transcendental perfection, is the possession of all the essential attributes or all the parts necessary to the integrity of a substance. This is absolute, where ALL defect is precluded, such as the perfection of God; or according to its kind, as in created things.
3) Moral perfection, is the complete possession of all moral excellence, as in the Supreme Being; or the possession of such moral qualities and virtues as a thing is capable of.
4) A quality, endowment or acquirement completely excellent or of great worth.
5) An inherent or essential attribute of supreme or infinite excellence; or one perfect in its kind; as the perfections of God. The infinite power, holiness, justice, benevolence and wisdom of God are denominated His perfections.
6) Exactness; as, to imitate a model to perfection.
Must I ask how we measure up to such?
What takes place when imperfection makes any contact whatsoever with perfection? Is imperfection improved… or is perfection tainted? Analogous question: what happens when a clean white shirt makes contact with a mud puddle? Does the mud puddle become clean or does the shirt become dirty? Regardless of the argument one might construct that imperfection and mud puddles may be regarded ever so slightly more favorably than they were before making contact with the other, it is obvious that perfection immediately becomes imperfect and that clean white shirt is immediately soiled.
God, as THE Perfect Being, therefore MUST maintain Perfection as His ultimate standard that Perfection remains Perfect. It is not possible for an imperfect being to behold perfection and survive. Moses requested of God that he see Him…
Exodus 33:18-20… “And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.” And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.”
Perfection must stand completely alone and unpolluted by imperfection.
If Gods literal and actual standard is perfection, as perfection annihilates imperfection and imperfection makes perfection necessarily imperfect; how can a man ever hope to be “good enough” to meet Gods standard of Holy Perfection? Imperfection is implied within our understanding of good “enough”. Good enough, by definition, is NOT Perfect and that is Gods requirement.
A man cannot meet that standard. It is not possible. A wise man finds himself in a perfectly hopeless imperfect condition. One single sin in life mars perfection completely and irrevocably. God says:
Romans 3:23… “For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
Romans 3:19… “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them that are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and ALL the world may become guilty before God.”
Romans 6:23(a)… “For the wages of sin is death;…”
Death is the necessary result of imperfection. God created perfection and gave it to man. Man, in lust, destroyed the perfection God created, by choice… we wanted even more. In infinite love, infinite wisdom and with infinite purpose in mind and heart, God makes a way for the imperfect man to once again be perfectly justified in the sight of Himself.
Romans 6:23(b)… “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
God gives us His Perfect Son that we, us pathetic and imperfect humans, might be made the very righteousness of God Himself, in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:21… “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Made the righteousness of God in Him! How can we ever be thankful enough to a Creator God who makes His Sinless Son into our sin nature itself (Christ BECAME sin FOR us) takes the universal punishment for OUR sin upon Himself (My God, my God, why hast thou FORSAKEN me?); and then, to whomsoever chooses to accept such an infinitely graceful gift, provides His Own Perfect Righteous Nature to us; that we are made Perfect in Him, that we may be with Him in life for all eternity, if we but trust in that Perfect Gift and not in ourselves?
Colossians 1:21-22… “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:”
My mind reels trying to conceive of such… Looking at the condition of sinful humanity, how is it possible that we were even remotely worth it?
Infinite love, infinite wisdom, infinite purpose… can be the only answer.
John 14:6… “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Nobody’s perfect. Nobody. Unless Christ stands in your place by grace through faith. At that very moment a perfect eternity awaits. Why would anyone wait a moment longer? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and what He did for you and be saved right here, right now!
Romans 8:38-39… “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
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