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PERFECT IN CHRIST JESUS

The word 'perfect' means absolute. It is the Greek word "teleios", which means 'finished, complete, mature'. The Bible says, "And ye are complete in him..." (Colossians 2:10 KJV). In Christ, the process of walking in that completion and perfection happens in our various functions, as we live, act and experience life within the plan that God has laid out for us.

Reference: Colossians 1:28 New International Version (NIV) "He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ."


Although the NIV used the phrase, "fully mature in Christ", KJV used: "perfect in Christ Jesus." So what is being "perfect in Christ"? Note this: A Christian does not need to strive to be perfect; He does not need to satisfy all the godly requirements so as to become righteous; and He doesn't need to live up to an ideal standard others prescribe for them in order to be perfect in Christ. Any Christian who lives by any of these mentioned ideas to attain perfection will continually live in a constant cycle of trying to be good enough in Christ.


Jesus was the only sinless and perfect person that ever lived. That which no man could attain, Jesus came and achieved it for us. Hebrews 7:26-27 (NIV) says this about Christ: "Such a high priest truly meets our need - one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself." Beloved, Jesus offered a perfect sacrifice once for all, so we could be perfect (see Hebrews 10:14).


Therefore, the idea of pursuing perfection is extremely deceptive. As Christians we don't pursue perfection, we subscribe to perfection. How? You may ask! Now watch this: When you accept Jesus as Saviour and Lord, you've subscribed to perfection. You have received perfection as a complete package, which is "Christ in you" (Colossians 1:27). So in our referenced Scripture, which is the next verse (Colossians 1:28), apostle Paul is teaching you about the "perfection" you've received. Paul says, "He (Christ) is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ."


The accurate picture of what Paul is saying is this: Hey, now that you've received a package known as "complete perfection", you have to be taught how to function with the package which is complete in every way. So Paul proclaims the package (Christ) and communicates Him through admonition and teaching with all wisdom, so that everyone who bonds or relates with the package, can become fully mature, and have the completeness of Christ-like character. Paul's purpose of doing this is that he might present everyone perfect in Christ. Its like helping others to know what they have received and understand the "Christ in you" package, which will in turn yield perfection.


Being perfect or mature in Christ involves the consistent growth that takes place in a Christian life as a result of using the Word admonitions and teachings in all wisdom. For instance, when we err, and then make things right, by handling them in the correct manner through the Word, perfection or maturity becomes the outcome. That's what Ephesians 4:11-13 means, when it says, "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all 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 fulness of Christ" (KJV).


Scripture Reading - Matthew 5:48; Philippians 3:15; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Hebrews 6:1.


Exuberant Declaration: Its a thing of joy to know that every moment of being receptive to divine revelation is followed by spiritual transformation and perfection in my life. Daily, I have every veil removed by the Word and I reflect the glory of the Lord with clarity of perception. And the Lord, who is the Spirit, makes me more and more like Christ as I'm changed and perfected into His glorious image. Hallelujah!


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