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A Perfect Person?
Per-fect (pur´fikt) excellent or complete beyond improvement; without flaws. Did you mark the perfect box? When it comes to the way we morally conduct our lives, no one can say they are perfect. “If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.” (Job 9:20) To be morally perfect means that all the thoughts you ever had in life, all the words you have ever spoken, all the deeds you have ever done would have to be honorable, virtuous, and untainted in the eyes of God. You would always think, say, and do that which is right in God’s eyes and never do wrong. Simply put, you would be sinless. This is impossible, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) In the eyes of God we are all sinners who have fallen short of His glorious perfection. Jesus Christ is the exception to the rule, for He “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15) Jesus is excellent and complete beyond improvement. He is without flaw, and “is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.” (Hebrews 7:26) Likewise, God the Father is perfect as well; “As for God, His way is perfect.…” (Psalm 18:30) So God the Father and Jesus Christ are perfect. We, on the other hand, are imperfect beings who have sinned against a perfect God. Therefore, we are in need of a perfect Savior to save us from our perfectly righteous God who must judge us because of our sins: “...but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9) Okay, so we are not perfect. But aren’t we at least considered good in God’s eyes?
A Good Person?
Good (good): morally excellent; well behaved. Did you mark this box? It seems more attainable doesn’t it? After all, morally excellent doesn’t mean morally perfect; well behaved doesn’t mean perfectly behaved. But are you really a morally excellent person? Does God look upon you from heaven and say, “I’m pleased with that morally excellent sinner.”? Is there even such a thing? Or does God say, “You are a well behaved sinner.”? Isn’t that a contradiction? Why would God have to send Jesus to die for us on the cross if we are so well behaved and morally excellent? Take a look at how God really sees all of humanity: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre (tomb); with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps (snakes) is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes...ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD.” (Romans 3:10-18; Jeremiah 2:29) Now do you understand why Jesus had to come and die for our sins? In reality we are not “good” people; we are not “well behaved” in God’s eyes. Whether it be the murderer, the rapist, the blue collar or white collar worker, the homeless person, the little old lady down the street, the Sunday churchgoer, pastor or Pope, “there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20)
A PERFECT SAVIOR!
You saw before that only Jesus Christ lived a perfect, sinless life. It is for this reason He was worthy to take our sins upon Himself and die in our place on the cross. “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body....For the wages of sin is death.…” (1 Peter 2:24, Romans 6:23a) This paid the penalty our sins demand and in so doing made the forgiveness of sins and eternal life in heaven possible. For “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins....” (Romans 6:23b, Ephesians 1:7) Eternal life in heaven and pardon from God’s judgment are not based upon the merits of imperfect sinners but on the merit of what the perfect Savior did for us on the cross. This being the case, God the Father has opened the way to heaven through one route alone: faith in His Son. Jesus confirms this when He says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6) Then we are told “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
(Ephesians 2:8-9). Right now, turn from your sins to the perfect Savior who died for you on the cross and rose from the dead. Then in faith invite Him into your life as your Lord and Savior. Jesus is perfect, Jesus is good, and Jesus is the only way. Amen.