Perfect

March 17, 2017

Matthew 5:48

Ye therfore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Perfect

Most of us would look at ourselves and readily agree that we are anything but perfect.  Even if we didn’t acknowledge that we weren’t perfect, there is no doubt a spouse or near relative that would set us straight.  Why would Jesus make a statement like He did here in Matthew 5:48? 

Throughout this chapter and through the next couple Jesus is addressing a higher order of living than what would be considered normal to the world.  He is talking about kingdom living and values.  How can God change the lives of others through us if we are not first changed ourselves?  If we want to see a greater move of God and we want to be a part of that move, then we must realize that the move of God begins within our own heart and being.  

Jesus is making a bold statement here.  He doesn’t ask if we want to be perfect, or if we think we can, He is speaking a command to us.  He is speaking a living word to us. The natural mind is like Sarah in the tent when the angel tells Abraham they will have a child in their old age, it laughs in unbelief.  “How is this possible?”  With God all things are possible.  If we want to begin seeing the possibilities of God then we have to have faith enough to take and believe Him at His Word rather than looking to see if the natural bears it out or not.

When we enter into Christ we are entering a new realm of being and living.  With us still being in our natural bodies and operating in a natural world, with natural minds, we are like little birds floundering to find our wings.  Baby birds aren’t born flying; it is something that they mature into because that is what they do by nature.  In Christ we are of a different order and different nature of being than what we formerly were.  Jesus it painting us a spiritual picture of the difference between living in the flesh and living in the Spirit, through these passages that we read here in Matthew.  There are two different mindsets.  Jesus is calling us to mature into our Christ nature.   This is where we must have our hearts set.  Yes, we will flounder and miss that mark, but our eye is set upon our destiny and our destiny is in God and kingdom living.  No, we will never perfect ourselves into God’s nature, nor can we, of ourselves, be like Him.  It is a God work through faith.  It is a transformation that can only take place as we are in union and oneness with God and His purpose.  He doesn’t violate our freewill, therefore we must daily yield up our will for His.  Not my will, but His be done.  

While many generations have not seen the fullness of God manifested in His saints, the Word declares that there is a season when Christ is birthed through us.  The ages are growing ripe for this promise child to come forth, even as Christ came in the fullness of time.  2 Thessalonians 1:7 says, “and to you that are afflicted rest with us, at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with the angels of his power in flaming fire, rendering vengeance to them that know not God, and to them that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus who shall suffer punishment, even eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might when He shall come to glorified in His saints, and to be marveled at in all them that believed (because our testimony unto you was believed in that day).  To which end we pray always for you that our God may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfil every work of faith with power; that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and ye in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  

God is calling us in this hour to set aside our unbelief and worldly mentality.  We are to put on the mind of Christ, living and viewing our world from a kingdom perspective.  You don’t have to change yourself.  As you embrace Christ in every aspect of your life and thinking, the branch will take upon it the nature of the vine and the two will share one life source and one nature.  Your perfection is resting in Him and walking with Him daily in obedience and faithfulness.  He is at work in you to perform His good will and pleasure as you are abiding in the vine.  Our perfection is in Christ, it is not in this natural man.  The perfection is manifested as we mature in the grace, the nature and the love of Christ, it is a process of His Spirit working in us and we are growing up into who we are in Christ. 

Blessings,

#kent

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