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There’s a lot of disagreement in biblical circles about the word perfect. Yet, it says in Matthew 5:48 ‘be ye perfect’. Of course, on the heels of that is ‘as your Father in heaven’. Even looking at it from the broadest of possibilities, one has to admit that earthlings start from a definite disadvantage. Overcoming the many imperfections (sins) is a giant task. For most it is a lifetime endeavor. And, even so, imperfections can rear their ugly head at the most inopportune time. It turns out to be a quest.
A close look at I Peter 1:2 talks about sanctification of the Spirit. Most everyone accepts that sanctification is a cleansing of the soul from imperfections. Now Peter is saying here that perfection is achieved through obedience and accepting the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He also goes on to say that because of God’s infinite mercy man has been ‘begotten’ again. It definitely sounds like a second chance, doesn’t it?
The problem that arises is when does this perfection take place? Some say after the soul returns to God because it’s not possible to be perfect here on earth. Others say that it is possible. And still others say it’s possible but man will seek to be perfect and will goof up and have to repeat the process again and again. No matter which position is correct, those seeking after perfection have a great promise in store for them. It says in I Peter 1:4 there is an inheritance in heaven waiting for them. It’s a good bet everyone wants to cash in on the inheritance. The effort it takes is the obstacle.
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