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Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.[1]

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven. He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is Perfect.”[2]

The Kingdom of God is within us,[3] so therefore, whatever we say, that is what we will have. Perfection is within already; it is just that we have not comprehended what Christ Jesus has given to us. We must come to full maturity in Him so that we can grow into what is already been achieved for us at the cross. We have not fully understood as sons and daughters, or as the elect of the Holy Spirit, what has been given to us. We must therefore cry out to the Holy Spirit for the understanding of that perfection. For He is Perfect just as the Father and the Son are Perfect. We have not taken Jesus at His words and put them into practice unceasingly. “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to My Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask Me for anything in My Name, and I will do it.”[4]

Perfection comes when we begin to truly take Jesus at His words and choose to put into practice everything Jesus has taught us to do – Love your enemies, pray for them, do good to them, and bless them.[5] We are commanded to love one another, as Jesus loves us.[6] We are commanded to listen to Him by God the Father,[7] which is the most important of all. To multiply the food,[8] turn wood to bronze to gold and stones to iron to silver;[9] to continue to walk in the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins, and be in repentance every day – “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to Me and hears My words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears My words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”[10]

For perfection to begin to manifest in our lives, we must have our lives in Christ Jesus who is our Rock and Foundation, and be cultivated by the Holy Spirit of Truth, so that we will be perfect just like our Father is Perfect. As we choose to walk in humility and gentleness, which is the Spirit of Grace in Christ Jesus, we will let go of our fleshly desires that draw us back into wrong thinking. Let your mind, that is, your thoughts, be in Christ Jesus, meditating on Him day and night and continuously on His words. For when the battle of the mind is on earthly things, it will distract us from walking in perfection, which is how Jesus our Lord walked on this Earth. He is our example to follow. “All that belongs to the Father is Mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is Mine and make it known to you.”[11] What will He make known to us? He will remind us what Jesus said and did, so that it would become a part of us, that His words and actions, that is, how He said and did things, would be ours to take on and have interwoven into us the incorruptible seed of God. That we would become just like Jesus in actions, words and deeds.

This is the key to perfect happiness; that our lives would become all that the Father dreamed, hoped and desired us to be, full of the W/word of God, full of the Son of God, and full of the Spirit of God, a life that was fulfilled and perfectly satisfied, in the Image of God. Perfect because Jesus is Perfect, the Son of God, Son of Man. It is because of His life, His resurrection life that He lived on this Earth – how He taught us to speak, walk and act – that we were given the privilege of being all we can be, perfect just like Him, His Father and the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Lord and the Lord. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus, who being in very nature, in the form of God, did not consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in Heaven and on Earth and under the Earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.[12]

As we continue to see the absolute importance of continuous repentance in our lives, and love the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit more and more, our perfection will take on a completely new meaning to what we have previously understood it to be. Perfection is not what we have or have not achieved. It has nothing to do with how successful we have become in the world. It has nothing to do with what we desire to do or haven’t done. It has only to do with our relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The ultimate joy of the Father is seeing His children walking, acting and speaking like His only Son. So, what is your desire? Is it to be just like Jesus, Son of Man, Son of God, Jesus who is Perfect in every way?

We were originally created in the Image of God, and again are free from sin and destruction through Jesus Christ our Lord. Even though sin came through the first Adam, Jesus Christ came and dealt with sin and destruction at the cross of Calvary once and for all. He has opened the doors of freedom for us to see once again. He lifted the veil from our eyes so we can see clearly again what has been given to us, so that we can walk just like Jesus, perfect, in fulfilment of the command to be perfect just as His Father is Perfect. For the Spirit of God dwells in us, our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

“I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. (Is this not true perfection?) You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the Vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.”[13] Part of being perfect as our Heavenly Father has commanded us to be perfect,[14] means we must be in the Vine, the True Vine who is Jesus, allowing His words through the conviction of the Holy Spirit to change our hearts and remove the evil that is there so that our hearts are pure before the Lord. Faithful hearts that cooperate with the Holy Spirit to bring about the plans of the Father and to release His desires to us, so that we will be able to walk in grace and truth, full of light, which is Perfection at its highest form. “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”[15] For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.[16]

Jesus learnt obedience in His suffering. He went to His Gethsemane, which took Him to the cross: “Not My will, Father, but Your will be done.”[17] Perfection comes through suffering and hardships.[18] We will need to embrace our personal Gethsemane also if we are going to receive the treasures that are hidden, the hidden manna from our Lord. We must allow these things to penetrate our hearts and minds, so that the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ is so much more than just being saved. That through difficult times and hardships, perfection will manifest through us as we embrace these trials as our Lord did at the cross. For it will change us from glory to glory as we cry out to the Holy Spirit for more understanding, and our character will be moulded into Christ Jesus our Lord. For this strength comes from the Holy Spirit of God, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty.[19]

May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality]. May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love. That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! Now to Him who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]– To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).[20]

We must come to the understanding of the love that They have for Each Other. For perfect perfection lies in this love and it will grow us into the full stature of Christ Jesus our Lord. This will be the endless joy of walking into perfection, making us inseparable with the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, for They are One, yet are Three, the Lord, the Lord and the Lord, with this love for eternity and beyond.

When we see this, our trials and difficulties seem so small in comparison to what Christ went through for us at the cross. We will never suffer like He did; and He did so that we could attain to what the Father desires us to be, perfect as He is Perfect in every way. He makes it possible for us to achieve perfection so we think and act like Jesus would, and operate with the Holy Spirit so that all Three are operating through us in complete oneness, and we love each other to achieve the ultimate purpose of bringing Jesus back to this Earth.

As we continue to walk in the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins, forgiving and loving each other as Jesus has commanded us to do, loving our enemies and blessing them, we are washing each other with the words of Jesus. Then His life and power live in each of us, honouring the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This releases us into that dimension, which we will come to when we fully understand the depth of the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins, and our perfection imitates Jesus who is Perfect, our Lord and King. For nothing is too difficult for God to those who believe,[21] when we walk the way the Father has longed for us to walk. This is an eternal inheritance, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Be perfect, for this honours the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth]. For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect). But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded). When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside. For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood by God]. And so faith, hope, love abide [faith–conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope- joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love- true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.[22] Amen Holy Spirit.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.[23] Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom that we may present every person mature (complete, and perfect) in Christ.[24] To the church of the Firstborn, whose names are written in Heaven, you have come to God, the Judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect…[25] Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a Consuming Fire.”[26]

So therefore, let us run the race that our Lord has given us; and honour our Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit by choosing to walk the path that leads to perfect freedom in every dimension possible, with our King Jesus!! Amen Holy Spirit. For, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”—[27]


 

[1] Hebrews 12:2-3

[2] Matthew 5:43-49

[3] Luke 17:21

[4] John 14:12-14

[5] Luke 6:27

[6] John 15:12

[7] Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:5; Luke 9:35

[8] John 14:12

[9] Isaiah 60:17

[10] Luke 6:46-49

[11] John 16:15

[12] Philippians 2:5-11

[13] John 15:1-5

[14] Jesus gave us the command that was given Him to speak by His Father in John 14:24: “These words you hear are not My own; they belong to the Father who sent Me.” Therefore, the command actually came from the Father.

[15] Luke 6:45

[16] 2 Corinthians 4:6 (Genesis 1:3)

[17] Luke 22:42

[18] Hebrews 2:10; 5:8-9

[19] Zechariah 4:6

[20] Ephesians 3:16-21 AMP – note for AMP: – [] Brackets contain justified clarifying words or comments not actually expressed in the immediate original text. () Parentheses signify additional phrases of meaning included in the original word, phrase, or clause of the original language.

[21] Mark 9:23

[22] 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 AMP

[23] Romans 12:2 AMP

[24] Colossians 1:28 AMP

[25] Hebrews 12:23 NIV

[26] Hebrews 12:28-20 NIV

[27] 1 Corinthians 2:9 [Isaiah 64:4]

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