Sunday Service Sermons
The Challenge of Perfection
If you are perfect you are excused!
If not then there is a call on our lives, from Christ, to be perfect.
“Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so”. Heb. 6:1-3
Full lesson: Hebrews 6:1-20 Themes in this passage: Trust God for he can be trusted. Do not fall away from your once held belief in God. If you remain loyal to God, through Christ, you have the hope of eternal salvation because God cannot lie and his promises remain steadfast. What God promises he does. God’s truthfulness applies not only to his word to Abraham, but also to his word in all Scripture. That is, because Scripture is the inspired Word of God, it is completely true and trustworthy. The truth of God’s word is inherent in the very words and sentences of Scripture. Its authors were guided by the Holy Spirit to write the original manuscripts in such a way that the transmission of God’s message to humanity was communicated without error. Jesus is our High Priest in the order of Melchizedek, who was a priest / King.
You might call this: Secure in Christ because of the nature of God. If you do not move away from God you will receive what He has promised from Abraham to today. And now it is through Christ the Priest / King that God has promised eternal life to those who love and obey him.
It has become apparent in the last few days that we have a sinful nature. We also have a divine nature. The nature that prevails is the one we choose to follow. With these two natures within us it is obvious that, on our own, we will never be perfect. However, we are called to move in that direction and through the power of God we can. The author of this Scripture is trying to challenge us to aim for perfection. To achieve this end, he presented the goal, gave reason for the struggle, and revealed three instruments available to Christians in this quest.
The Goal: Humanity seems to be driven to explore the unknown, to understand the world in which we live and to seek the answers to questions about life and it’s purpose. Jesus appeals to this part of our nature as he guides the writer of Hebrews to define a goal for believers. First is the ultimate goal. Which is to “ be taken toward maturity”. God wants us to experience his complete character of holiness. Second is the immediate goal. For us, as Christians, to reach the ultimate, we must start where we are. It is a process often compared to a journey. There are no shortcuts in our trek to maturity. We must experience the highs and lows of learning. God is the only foundation we can build on. All others will fail us. Accept that God is the beginning and the end of all life, even our life journey. Third is the impossible goal of perfection. We must guard ourselves from falling away from our once strong faith and belief. Once we are secure in our faith and walking with God then we can see the goal he has for us-being perfect in Him. It is implied that true believers will never, for they cannot fall away from faith. For once bound to God through Christ, one will always walk with them.
The passage offers encouragement for believers to follow Christ even against the discouraging possibility of falling away. There is a potential present in each believer. They are able to accomplish great things in and through God. The reason for this potential is that those who are saved can be victorious. God is with us and He recognizes our efforts to be his people. He does not let our efforts go unnoticed. We are to be diligent in our quest. Christians have a witness to their immediate environment. They should always be regarded as persons of diligence who are pursuing worthwhile goals in life. Being acceptable to God as we are the image of himself through Jesus who lives in us.
What are our resources for accomplishing this life? First is the Bible. It is an instruction manual from God to humans. If God wants us to accomplish something, not only will he reveal the goal to us, but he will also give us the means to attain his desired objective. There are three instruments provided in this chapter to aid believers in reaching perfection. The promises of God. They are awesome. As they were available to Abraham, so they are present for our benefit. His promises guide us through the darkest of circumstances. The Council of God. God councils believers daily though the ministry of his Holy Spirit. The hope of God. A formidable instrument given to believers is hope, which keeps us anchored to the solid Rock, Jesus The Christ.
The life of perfection must be the life, within the veil. Our forerunner guiding us to that righteous life in none other than Jesus The Christ, the Son of the Living God.
With that hope who can fail?