Something to think about.
48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Mathew 5:48
Was Matthew in his right mind when he made this statement? I have read this verse many times and have blown right by it because the implications are mind-boggling.
God is perfect, a concept that is as foreign to us as understanding the life of an ever existing being. To me, perfection is something that has always been perfect because perfection cannot come from imperfection. Because if it came from imperfection, it would then be imperfect. It would mean that at some point in the perfections existence it was imperfect. Regardless of the time spent removing imperfection from the would be perfection there would always be the smallest part of imperfection and as such perfection would forever be tainted by the one instance of imperfection.
Let’s define imperfection as sin. God is perfect and has never sinned. Throughout His existence, He has not ever sinned not once, not by mistake, not unintentionally not by omission. Nope never ever sinned. If the smallest of sin were to penetrate into Gods existence all of the perfection would be lost forever. One sin one tiny insignificant sin would destroy perfection. Perfection and sin can’t coexist perfection must always destroy sin.
When I was in the Airforce, I work on aircraft fuel systems. This required climbing into aircraft fuel tanks. This process required purging fuel tanks of fumes. We purge them until they were at an acceptable level, expressed in parts per million. The acceptable level was not perfectly clean air. If you applied parts per million to perfection, you would realize perfection does not allow for parts per million. As soon as you let the smallest sin into perfection, it would cease to perfect.
The question is how does sinful man gain approved access to the realm of God? The answer is the complete and total cleaning of sinful man. The problem is how does man become perfect so he can enter into the presence of God? Perfection implies everything around God, everything in His presence must be perfect. He is perfect in Holiness, righteousness, love, power, and justice. Since God is perfect, He and only He is responsible for maintaining perfection. He is responsible for eradicating sin as to make it as it never occurred. The destruction and cleaning of sin is so complete that even the memory of it does not exist.
God’s perfection does two things. First, it invalidates the ideology of attaining access to God through works or earning your way into His presence. Since He is perfect and everything around Him must be perfect even the memory of your sin must not exit. Since you cannot remove your sin and you can not clean your sin. You at best can only dilute it your work is worthless. The stain of sin any wrongdoing will always destroy perfection. That is something God will not allow.
The second thing God’s perfection does is it creates a wall of impenetrable separation between God and man. We can’t cross over into His realm of existence, and He will not cross over into ours. If we were to enter into His realm as we are or He to enter ours, the result would be the total annihilation of humanity. The eradication of humanity would be so complete it would not leave a trace of evidence, a memory of our existence. You must understand God’s perfection requires perfection nothing less.
If you understand, only perfection can completely clean and destroy sin. It is Gods responsibility to clean and destroy sin. If you comprehend only a perfect God can accomplish these things, you begin to understand the need for a Christ. Only perfection can clean sin. Only perfection can remove every vestige of sin only perfection can remove the memory of sin. In the simplest terms, it is God and only God that can purify us from our sin and grant us access to Him.
This is why Jesus. Because only perfection can clean the sin of humanity. A perfect sacrifice for our sin. The sacrifice and death of His son occurred for the destruction and cleansing of sin. That is the only way sin will not destroy us. Without a perfect sacrifice, we would be left alone to face a perfect God with the responsibility of maintaining perfection. That is why Jesus is the way the truth and the light. Because only through perfection can we gain access to heaven and that perfection in every way is Jesus, the door to our salvation.
We are not filtered through Jesus because every filter only collects dirt it does not cleanse anything. The filter must always be disposed of and changed. Because the perfection of Jesus, we are made new, a new creation free from the stain of sin we are made Holy and acceptable to God. The perfection of Christ destroys and cleanses us from all sin. Only God Himself can completely and totally, remove, destroy and cleanse us of our sin.
Since perfection can’t come from imperfection, imperfection cannot produce perfection. Our sin nature regardless of what we do within our own abilities can’t eradicate the sin in our lives. Simply put sin can’t make you sinless. Only a perfect God can eliminate sin entirely so as to remove even the instance of sin.