Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Jesus Says You Must Be Perfect

                                             Jesus Says You Must Be Perfect

Jesus doesn’t tell us to do things he will not enable us to do. He expects Christians to mature and grow in grace in childlike obedience to him through faith. The mainline denominational churches do not teach this . Neither do most smaller independent churches. Most televangelists are false teachers , particularly those presented through Trinity Broadcasting Network. Real Christians can discern this easily. Here is what the trustworthy King James Bible , which is actually the living Christ , says to you regarding Christian perfection.

Jesus commanded you to be perfect in Matthew 5:48 where he said ; “ Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect “. God’s word will reveal to you how this is to be done.

Luke : 40 ; “ The disciple is not above his master : but everyone that is perfect shall be as his master “.

Luke 8 :14 ; “  And that which fell among thorns are they , which when they have heard , go forth , and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life , and bring no fruit to perfection “.

John 17 :23 ; “ I in them , and thou in me  that they may be made perfect in one ; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them , as thou hast loved me“.

1st Corinthians 2:6 ; “ Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect ; yet not the wisdom of this world , nor of the princes of this world , that come to nought”.

1st Corinthians 14:20 ; “ Brethren , be not children in understanding : howbeit in malice be ye children , but in understanding be men”.   (  “men” in Greek translated to “perfect”
or, “of a ripe age”)

2nd Corinthians 7:1 ; “ Having therefore these promises , dearly beloved , let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God“.

2nd Corinthians 13:9 ; “ For we are glad , when we are weak , and ye are strong ; and this also we wish , even your perfection “.

2nd Corinthians 13 :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”.

Ephesians 4 :12,13 ; “ For the perfecting of the saints , for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ : Till we come in the unity of the faith , and of the knowledge of the Son of God , unto a perfect man , unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ “.
Philippians 3 :15 ; “ Let us therefore , as many as be perfect , be thus minded : and if in anything ye be otherwise minded , God shall reveal even this unto you “.

Colossians 1 :28 ; “ Whom we preach , warning every man , and teaching every man in all wisdom ; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus “.

Colossians 3 :14 ; “ And above all these things put on charity , which is the bond of perfection ”.

Colossians 4 :12 ; “ Epaphras , who is one of you , a servant of Christ , saluteth you , always laboring fervently for you in prayers , that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God”.

1st Thesselonians 3:10 ; “ Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face,
and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith “.

 2nd Timothy 3 :17 ; “ That the man of God may be perfect , throughly furnished unto all good works “.

Hebrews 2 :10 ; “ For it became him , for whom are all things , and by whom are all things , in bringing many sons unto glory , to make the captain of their salvation perfect through suffering “.

Hebrews 5 :9 ; “ Though he were a Son , yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered “.

Hebrews 6 :1 ; “ Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ , let us go on to perfection ; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works , and of faith toward God “.

Hebrews 10 : 14 ; “ For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified”.

Hebrews 11 : 40 ; “ God having provided some better thing for us , that they without us should not be made perfect “.

Hebrews 12:23 ; “ To the general assembly and church of the firstborn , which are written in heaven , and to God the judge of all , and to the spirits of just men made perfect “.

Hebrews 13 :20 , 21 ; “ Now the God of peace , that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus , that great shepherd of the sheep , through the blood of the everlasting covenant , make you perfect in every good work to do his will , working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight , through Jesus Christ ; to whom be glory for ever and ever amen “.

James 1 :3,4 ; “ Knowing this first , that the trying of your faith worketh patience , but let patience have her perfect work , that ye may be perfect and entire , wanting nothing “.

James 2 : 21 , 22 ; “ Was not Abraham our father justified by works , when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works , and by works was made perfect “.

James 3 :2 ; “ For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word , the same is a perfect man , and able also to bridle the whole body “.

1st John 2 :5 ; “ But whoso keepeth his word , in him verily is the love of God perfected : hereby know we that we are in him “.

1st John 4 :12 ; “ No man hath seen God at any time . If we love one another , God dwelleth in us , and his love is perfected in us “.

1st John 4 : 17 , 18 ; “ Herein is our love made perfect , that we may have boldness in the day of judgment : because as he is , so are we in this world . There is no fear in love ; but perfect love casteth out fear : because fear hath torment . He that feareth is not made perfect in love”.

Genesis 6 :9 ; “ These are the generations of Noah : Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations , and Noah walked with God “.

Deuteronomy 18 :13 ; “ Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God “.

2nd Samuel 22 :33 ; “ God is my strength and power : and he maketh my way perfect”.

1st Kings 8 :61 ; “ Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God , to walk in his statutes , and to keep his commandments , as at this day “.

1st Kings 11 : 4 ; “ For it came to pass , when Solomon was old , that his wives turned away his heart after other gods : and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God , as was the heart of David his father “.

1st Kings 15 : 14 ; “ But the high places were not removed : nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days “.

2nd Kings 20 :3 ; “ I beseech thee , O LORD , remember how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight . And Hezekiah wept sore “.

Job 1 :1  “ There was a just man in the land of Uz , whose name was Job ; and that man was perfect and upright , and one that feared God , and eschewed evil “.

Psalm 18 : 32 ; “ It is God that girdeth me with strength , and maketh my way perfect “.

Psalm 37 :37 ; “  Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright : for the end of that man is peace “.

There are many more Bible verses that mention the necessity for Christian perfection, but these should be enough to make an impression .  May God bless all of us who continue to reach and attain it, as we are commanded.

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