I celebrated my 77th birthday this past June. Someone said, “You have reached double perfection.” I was not ready to claim that status. You probably know that number seven in the Bible speaks of completeness or perfection. We are told in the verse above, “Be you therefore perfect.” How can I be something I can’t be, namely perfect?
Let’s look a little deeper as God is never unreasonable. The word we read as perfect in both the Old and the New Testaments means mature not perfect or without sin. The word mature is a challenge for any human. God said of Noah in Genesis 6:9, “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generation and Noah walked with God.” The Hebrew word here means that Noah did not displease God in his actions or attitude. In other words, Noah was mature; he was godly.
We’re told in James 1:1 – 4 that patience is necessary in times of trial to become perfect or mature. The New Testament word “teleios” implies a perfect person has shown that they have reached Christ likeness in their life. They are perfect wanting nothing (James 1:4).
So dear reader, you and I can be perfect or mature based on how we have obeyed and practiced the teaching of Matthew 5:1– 48. We are called upon in our day to be perfect or mature and follow Christ our example of perfection. May we by the grace of God do so today.