God’s Gift of Perfection Series
Chapter 9 – Part 2
In what this perfection of the Father consists is evident from the context:
“Love your enemies,…that ye may be children of your Father which is in heaven, for He maketh His sun to shine on the evil and on the good: Be ye therefore, perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect” Matthew5:44,48.
Or as it is in Luke 6:36,
“Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father is merciful.”
The perfection of God is His love – His will to communicate His own blessedness to all around Him. His compassion and mercy are the glory of His being. He created us in His image and after His likeness, to find our glory in a life of love and mercy and benevolence. It is in love we are to be perfect, even as our Father is perfect.
The thought that comes up at once, and that always returns again, is this: But is it possible? And if so, how? Certainly not as a fruit of man’s efforts. But the words themselves contain the answer: “Perfect as your Father is perfect.” It is because the little child has received his life from his father, and because the father watches over his training and development, that there can be such a striking and ever-increasing resemblance between the child in his feebleness and the father in his strength. It is because the sons of God are partakers of the divine nature, having God’s life, Spirit, and love within them, that the command is reasonable. For this reason, its obedience in ever-increasing measure is possible: Be Perfect. as your Father is perfect. The perfection is our Father’s. We have its seed in us; He delights to give the increase. The words that first appear to cast us down in utter helplessness now become our hope and strength. Be perfect, as your Father is perfect. Claim your child’s heritage; give yourself up to be wholly a son of God. Yield yourself to the Father to do in you all He is able.
And also, remember who gives this message from the Father. It is the Son, who Himself was perfected through suffering by the Father. Jesus learned obedience, was made perfect, and has perfected us forever. The message, be perfect, comes to us from Him, our elder Brother, as a promise of infinite hope. What Jesus asks of us, the Father gives. What Jesus speaks, He does, To “present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” Colossians 1:28, is the one aim of Christ and His gospel. Let us accept the command from Him. In yielding ourselves to obey it, let us yield ourselves to Him.
Let our expectation be from Him in whom we have been perfected. Through faith in Him, we receive the Holy Spirit, by whom the love of God is shed abroad in our heart, Romans 5:5. Through faith in Him, that love becomes in us a fountain of love springing up without ceasing. In union with Him, the love of God is perfected in us, and we are perfected in love. Let us not fear to accept and obey the command, “Be perfect, as your Father is perfect.”
Previously Perfect As The Father – Part 1