Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Three Stages of Perfection
1. Perfect Relationship - we are perfect because of our eternal union with the infinitely perfect Christ. When we beome his children, we are delared "not guilty" and thus righteous because of what Christ, God's beloved Son, has done for us. This perfect relationship is what guarantees that we will one day be "completely perfect". Ref: Colossians 2:8-10 and Hebrews 10:8-14
2. Perfect Progress - we can grow and mature spiritually as we continue to trust Christ, learn more about, draw closer to him, and obey him. Our progress is changeable (in contrast to our relationship) because it depends on our daily walk - at times in live we mature more than at other times. But we are growing toward perfection if we "press on" (Philippians 3:12). These good deeds do not perfect us; rather, as God perfects us, we do good deeds for him. Ref: Philippians 3:1-15
3. Completely Perfect - when Christ returns to take us into, his eternal Kingdom, we will be glorified and made completely perfect. Ref: Philippians 3:20,21
All phases of perfection are grounded in faith in Christ and what he has done, not what we can do for him. We cannot perfect ourselves; only God can work in and through us to "continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns'.