God is perfect in all His ways

 Psalm 18--30

The Verse of the Day for July 7, 2018 clearly reveals one of the unique characteristics of who God is and all He does. God Almighty, the creator of the heavens and the Earth, is the epitome of perfection, as the Psalmist declares:

Psalm 18:30:

As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lord is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

Amplified Bible states this truth this way:

As for God, His way is blameless. The word of the Lord is tested [it is perfect, it is faultless]; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

Likewise the New Living Translation offer this statement:

God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true.

Deuteronomy 32:4 makes the almost identical statement in the New Living Translation:

He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is!

In the Gospels, Jesus Christ commands his followers to be perfect, in the same way God is perfect:

Matthew 5:48 (NKJV)

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

You, therefore, will be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect.

At first glance, to “be perfect” seems to be an impossible task, but certainly, God, our gracious, patient, heavenly Father, would never ask us to do anything that would be impossible to accomplish.

Ligonier Teaching Ministries, founded by the late RC Sproul, comments on the concept of being perfect:

In the first place, the word that is translated “perfect” literally means “be complete.” So often, the New Testament and the Old Testament will describe people as being upright and righteous—not in the sense that they have achieved total moral perfection, but rather that they have reached a singular level of maturity in their growth in terms of spiritual integrity. However, in this statement, it’s certainly legitimate to translate it using the English word perfect. For example, “Be ye complete as your heavenly Father is complete.”

Colossians 2:10 reminds us this reality:

And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

So in the sense that we are complete, lacking nothing, we are perfect, just as God desires us to be. We are what God says we are: “Perfect!” The source of our becoming perfect as we mature is the Word of God, given that we might be “perfected”–that is to be whole, complete, fully equipped, lacking nothing needed to complete the work set before us. Note what 2 Timothy has to say:

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The Amplified Bible broadens our understanding of this passage:

16 All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; 17 so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Psalm 19:10 also reminds us:

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;

When believers look in the mirror of the matchless Word of God, they behold their true identity, perfected in the precepts of Almighty God’s changeless law. We now behold:

Our True Identity

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord,

are changed into the same image from glory to glory,

even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

II Corinthians 3:18

 

We look in the mirror of God’s Word, and we see,

Not only who we are but who we shall become,

Reflected in our eyes, our true identity.

 

Released from shackles of a slave mentality,

The bondage of Egypt we have now overcome.

We look in the mirror of God’s Word, and we see.

 

Perfected to reveal all we were designed to be,

In our hearts we have prepared for God a new home,

Reflected in our eyes, our true identity.

 

“Perfect and complete”: our new reality:

As born-again models of the Father’s Kingdom.

We look in the mirror of God’s Word, and we see.

 

God’s blessings in double measure abundantly,

Flowing by the spirit in knowledge and wisdom,

Reflected in our eyes, our true identity.

 

We live to fulfill our prophetic destiny,

As joys unfold with even greater joys to come.

We look in the mirror of God’s Word and we see

Reflected in our eyes, our true identity.

As Christian believers we study the Scriptures to show ourselves approved to God, and in doing so we learn more about God and His expectations for His people. Just as God is perfect in all His ways, He desires the followers of Lord Jesus Christ to be perfect, as God our Father is perfect. We close with Chris Tomlin, singing of God as a “Good, Good Father”, as the chorus resounds to remind us “You are perfect in all your ways.”

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