A Higher Way, Part VIII

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 5:48

The conclusion of this chapter and this matter of “a higher way” is found in verse 48.  Here we see the ultimate expression of living on a higher level than the law.  The law tells us “an eye for an eye,” and Jesus tells us to “turn the other cheek.”  The law tells us to fulfill our duties, and Jesus tells us to go far beyond our duties.  The law tells us to love our neighbour and hate our enemy.  Jesus tells us to love both our neighbour and our enemy.

These are all hard things.  They are all things that are not natural to man.  They are all going to require a higher power to assist us.  They all are going to require our submission to Jesus Christ, Who Himself is the perfect embodiment of all of these virtues.  He gave the commands, and He will give the help to see them through.  In the last verse of the chapter, we have the summary of the whole philosophy.

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

That’s all we have to do – be perfect.  Obviously, while we inhabit these temples of flesh and bone, we are never going to be perfect.  Our old flesh nature is going to fight us every step of the way.  Perfection is not something we will achieve.  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t our goal.

Our goal should be to “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”  We should never want to sin.  We should want to do the right thing in every single situation that we encounter.  Instead of discouraging us, this thought should spur us on to even greater levels of living for the Lord.

We all have work to do.  We all have areas in which we can improve.  None of us is perfect.  And as long as this command to “Be ye therefore perfect” is still in the Bible, we all have work to do.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben, for tackling the perfect aspect of this with grace. 🙂 In the NKJV it says, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” I like that it says we “shall be”. If He says it, it must be so. God bless you Ben as you lead us on in Him!

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  2. Thank you, Ben
    “And as long as this command to “Be ye therefore perfect” is still in the Bible, we all have work to do.”
    Indeed… we have not yet arrived!
    Blessings,
    ann

    Lord, the prayer of my heart is that You would make me what You want me to be. Give me the grace and strength to follow through on what You ask me to do as You make me fully Yours.
    Amen.

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  3. ——> 🙂

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