Saturday, December 9, 2017
“When that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.”
Can we describe what perfection is? Beauty, excellence, breathtaking…the adjectives go on! What is PERFECT? Have you ever thought to ponder these words? Yes, they are shared here by one who always seems to have a foot wedged in the door of ‘religiosity.’ But what could it mean? These are not my words, but rather are discovered in a place well known to most. But scarcely studied be some.
What is the definition of “Perfect?”
Two word-groups in the Hebrew Old Testament are translated “perfect” or “perfection”: tamam [m’T] and calal[l;l’K]. The former connotes wholeness, soundness, integrity, and often takes on ethical significance; the latter connotes completeness, perfection, and can carry the aesthetic sense of comeliness or beauty. Nearly all New Testament occurrences translate Greek words sharing the tel- stem, from which some half-dozen words are formed that bear the sense of completion or wholeness.
Divine. In Scripture essential perfection belongs to God alone. Jesus assumes that the “Heavenly Father is perfect” ( Matt 5:48 ). Paul speaks of God’s will as perfect ( Rom 12:2 ). This view is solidly based in a wide range of Old Testament passages that use words from the tamam [m’T] group with its ethical connotations. Of foundational importance here is Moses’ statement that the Lord’s “works are perfect” ( Deut 32:4 ). Light is shed on this claim by four other clauses in the same verse that parallel and thereby explain it: ” [God] is the Rock”; “all His ways are just”; ” [He is] a faithful God who does no wrong”; “upright and just is He.” God’s perfection is an attribute of who He is as a person, not an idea or theoretical postulate, and it involves ethical qualities like justice and uprightness rather than properties that would indulge selfish human desire and pleasure (as in “a perfect meal” or “a perfect day”). Elsewhere the Old Testament asserts that God’s “way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless” ( 2 Sam 22:31 ; Psalm 18:30 ). God “is perfect in knowledge” ( Job 37:16 ). God’s “law is perfect, reviving the soul” ( Psalm 19:7 ). In the New Testament James speaks similarly of “the perfect law that gives freedom” (1:25).
We can read even more at https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/perfect-perfection/
To focus on our opening statement, that which is perfect is to come. It is not here yet, my share is are you ready to be there? Just so we are aware that these words are not a blind faith, turn with me to: 1 Corinthians 13:10
We have discussed how even our existence is a part of His-story. Yes, there are millions of individuals not discussed in the scripts of major religious organizations, or even mention in history, but you are a key part of His-story. We have shared on Job and we know how his story became a part of His-story. Many actime, as we have shared we undergo trials, burdens, dejection… Hold up! This gives reason for reflection. Have you ever been here before? How will this experience change you?
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
We can take a closer look at how our life experience change us permanently.
In so doing, we can see that our first statement that was “When that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” Is backed not with faith alone, but rather also be our distant ‘re-tooling.’ A knife in being used succesfully need be sharpened is placed to be truly effective on the hottest flame.
“What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” This bit of contemporary wisdom mirrors the counsel of the apostle Paul: “…we rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3,4, NIV) The strongest steel is forged in the hottest fire. The strongest character is molded in the most difficult circumstances. Most of God’s greatest leaders endured long periods of suffering as they were shaped and honed for the work ahead.
When the pressure mounts and the heat rises, keep your eyes on the prize. When the molding process is over, you may find that you can do more than you ever thought possible…and that God can do more with you than He has ever done before.
~ Mark Phillips
Again, we could go on, but we stand learned that trials will come. The hottest flames reveal the strongest steel. Be blessed with patience, faith and long suffering as we are welded to perfection in Jesus’ name, Amen