Experiencing the perfection we’ve already got!

Because of Jesus Christ we are already perfect, Romans 5:19 – “through the obedience of the one man (Christ) the many will be made righteous.” Add to that 2 Corinthians 5:21 – “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Plus 1 Corinthians 1:30 – “you are in Christ Jesus, who has become FOR US wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” And John 17:19 – “For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” And Colossians 1:22 – “But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” And Ephesians 5:25-26 – “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy…without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”

Even before he created us, Ephesians 1:4, God saw us as “holy and blameless in his sight.” And his goal for us has never changed, 1 Corinthians 1:8 – “He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” And in Jude 24, it’s Christ’s goal too to “keep you from falling and to present you before (God’s) glorious presence without fault and with great joy.”

Since Christ, then, has already done our perfection for us, and he’s also making sure we are perfect all the way to the day he comes back, what’s left for us to do?!

Paul’s answer was: understand what Christ has done for us, believe he’s doing it for us every day, and LIVE in that knowledge, rest in it, and enjoy it. “The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me,” Galatians 2:20. Every day Paul lived in confidence and joy. So did John, knowing that “(Christ) is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness,” 1 John 1:9.

Christ is living his perfection in us every day. All that’s left for us to do, then, is experience it! How? Galatians 5:16 – “live by the Spirit.” Don’t live as if perfection depends on us. Live knowing the Spirit is perfecting us. It’s the Spirit who’s filling us with “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control,” verse 23, not us. The Spirit counteracts our sinful nature, verses 17-18, we don’t. It’s by the Spirit’s power that “you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature,” verse 16, not ours. It’s by the Spirit, therefore, that we learn about the perfection we’ve already got, because it’s by the Spirit that we constantly experience it.