Good morning people who start living because of the resurrection of Jesus.
Oh, I want to try and bubble over with a few thoughts today!
The New Testament writers mention the word perfect a lot. Unfortunately, far too many believers have wrongly believed that this is about us never sinning. We have made it about our moral “perfection’, as if it was something that we do or achieve.
And yet the word perfect in the Bible is often the word complete. This changes everything! Let me give you just one example as we lean in together:
Hebrews 10:14 NIV For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
Paraphrased, scripture is telling us that, through the one sacrifice of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and ascension, He made us complete because of what He accomplished, and for those who are now complete in Him, He takes us on the process of becoming holy in the way we live.
Do you see the difference?
Completion is our starting position because of Calvary!
And if you want some more exceptionally good news, look at what Paul wrote:
Philippians 1:4-6 NIV In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Our partnership in the gospel starts when we accept the finished work of Calvary! The gospel is the good news about Jesus! And for those who partner with Christ’s starting point of completion for us, He who started that completed work will carry it on until completion! In other words, the sanctification part of being made holy reaches its completion when Jesus comes again!
The gospel really is too good to be anything but true!
I declare: This is a year of reclaiming perfection as our starting position in Christ, and through Him, partnering with the Holy Spirit as He makes us more and more holy.