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March 21, 2013
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March 23, 2013
What Do You See?
March 21, 2013
You Are Unique
March 23, 2013

Be Perfect

Jack behind the tree at Hilton Head SC. 2013

Jack behind the tree at Hilton Head SC. 2013

11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 12 Greet one another with an holy kiss. 13 All the saints salute you. 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:11-14

I’m picking up where I left off a couple of days ago. We looked at the word farewell and decided it was better translated rejoice. Paul then lists four imperatives– be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace.

First, he said we should be perfect. Most of us hear a word like “perfect”, and say well, that rules me out. You’ve probably see the bumper sticker that says, “Christians aren’t perfect, only forgiven.” Then why would Paul say, “be perfect,” if it’s not possible?

Mark uses the word for perfect as “mending” nets. “And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.” (Mark 1:19) The word carries the idea of restoration and repair. It is a process. Be perfected. Be mended.

It does not mean perfection in our behavior except to the extent we should grow and mature both in word and deed. After all, what is perfect to me, might not mean perfect to you. God has placed in us perfected spirits. We need to move that perfection into our souls. The Word of God perfects us. As we respond to God’s Word, we become more like Him. He is perfect in every way. So Paul exhorts us to be fully mended and restored to the likeness of Jesus.