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It is written about Jesus Christ: On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him, “Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.” And He said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.’”[1]

The author of Hebrews wrote: In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the Author of their salvation perfect through suffering.[2] …and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him…[3]

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Son of Man, was perfect to begin with, and He was perfected through suffering that led to the cross. And thus, He poured out his blood for many for the forgiveness of sins. His blood sealed the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins, the New Covenant.

Allow me to remind you that the royal command from God the Father to disciples of Jesus Christ is “Listen to Him!”[4] So, we are to listen to Jesus, God’s one and only Son, whom He loves and who brings Him great joy.

Jesus said, Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is Perfect.”[5] Does not our Heavenly Father deserve sons and daughters who are perfect as He is Perfect? Would it not bring the Father much glory and great joy to have more sons and daughters who are like His Son Jesus?

Paul wrote: And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…[6] We are to be perfect men and women in the full stature of Jesus Christ, Son of the Perfect Man. For how else can we be truly a part of the body of Christ of which Jesus is the Head? If the Head is Perfect, how can the body be any less than perfect?

But how can we who are imperfect be perfect? Paul wrote: when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.[7] And Jesus said, “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.”[8] Who is our Teacher? Jesus said, “…you have one Teacher, the Christ.”[9] Therefore, our Teacher is Jesus Christ and we are His disciples. We are to be disciples who listen to Him and put His words into practice. As you probably already know, practice does not necessarily yield success the first time around. In fact, it might not bring success even after the 1000th practice. But does that mean we should stop there? Do you not believe in Jesus Christ? If you do, do you not take Him at His word? And if yes, why are you not putting His words into practice till it yields perfect success every time?

Perfection comes when we listen to Jesus and take Him at His word through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. According to Jesus, the Holy Spirit:

· Will teach us all things;

· He will remind us of everything Jesus has said;[10]

· He will testify about Jesus;[11]

· He will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment;[12]

· He will guide us into all truth;

· He will speak only what He hears;

· He will tell us what is yet to come;[13]

· He will bring glory to Jesus by taking what is His and making it known to us.[14]

In the book of Revelation, Jesus said to the seven churches, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”[15] We are to listen to the Holy Spirit, the Father of our spirits, the King who reigns in our hearts. If we love the Holy Spirit, and if He is the King who reigns in our hearts, and if we do exactly as He commanded us, are we not like Jesus? For Jesus said, “…I love the Father and… I do exactly what My Father has commanded Me.[16] The Holy Spirit is the Father of our spirits and the King who reigns in our hearts. Our obedience to His commands by doing exactly as He says will usher in the perfection that we need. when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.

Jesus did exactly what the Father commanded Him, even to death on a Roman cross, and thus He was perfected. He who was Perfect, was perfected through His obedience to His Father. Likewise, we who are imperfect will be perfected through our obedience to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father’s command to us is “Listen to Him!” If we listen to Jesus and do exactly as He commanded us, which includes listening to the Holy Spirit, we too will be perfected through our obedience.

In the Bible, it is recorded that there was only one man who was declared perfect. Not as God is Perfect, but perfect as man can be perfect (with a small ‘p’). His name is Noah. It is written: Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations.[17] Why was Noah considered perfect? It was because he obeyed the Lord God exactly as he was commanded. It is written twice: Noah did everything just as God commanded him.[18]

Besides Noah, there is no man who did everything as God commanded him, at least according to what is recorded for us in the Bible. Not even Moses or Elijah was considered perfect. Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, is the exception, of course. He is Perfect as our Heavenly Father is Perfect.

In the book of Revelation, Jesus said, “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.”[19]

Why did Jesus not find their works perfect before God? It is because they did not do exactly as they were commanded. The works they did that led to their reputation of being alive were good works, not perfect works. That is why Jesus said, “…but you are dead.” Good leads to death as surely as evil does. In the Garden of Eden, the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat [the fruit[20]] from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, for when you eat of [its fruit[21]] you will surely die.”[22] Thus the fruit of good that brings death is from the same tree of the fruit of evil. That is why the church of Sardis has a reputation of being alive, but is dead, for their works were not perfect before God.

So they have to go back to what they have received and heard at first. They are to hold to it firmly and obey it, and repent. What was Jesus talking about there? What is it that they are to hold fast to and obey? It is the command “Listen to Jesus,” which the church has lost and forgotten when it went back to the partial observance of the Law of Moses. The church has to repent and go back to listening to Jesus only. God the Father only commanded us to listen to His Son Jesus, and not Moses or Elijah, although they were present there that time on the Mount of Transfiguration when the Father issued His command: “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”[23]

Repent if you have not been listening to Jesus! Repent if you have not done exactly as you were commanded to do by the Holy Spirit! Repent for your imperfect works!

Listen to Jesus! Listen to the Holy Spirit! Do exactly as you are commanded to do! Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is Perfect!


 

[1] Luke 13.31-32 NKJV

[2] Hebrews 2.10

[3] Hebrews 5.9

[4] Matthew 17.5

[5] Matthew 5.48

[6] Ephesians 4.11-13 NKJV

[7] 1 Corinthians 13.10

[8] Luke 6.40 NKJV

[9] Matthew 23.10

[10] John 14.26

[11] John 15.26

[12] John 16.8 NLT

[13] John 16.13

[14] John 16.14

[15] Revelation 2

[16] John 14.31

[17] Genesis 6.9 NKJV

[18] Genesis 6.22, 7.5

[19] Revelation 3.1-3 NKJV

[20] Genesis 2.16 NLT

[21] Genesis 2.17 NLT

[22] Genesis 2.16-17

[23] Matthew 17.5

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