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Nothing but the Blood of Jesus


April 30, 2017

L. John Bost
L. John Bost
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Previous: "Let Him That Is Athirst Come".


Perhaps you have come across the phrase that forms the title of this article, "Not perfect, just forgiven." Did you wonder what it means? Good question! The phrase is one used by many Christians to describe their condition. We are sometimes accused of thinking we are perfect while everyone else is imperfect. Is that true? If not, then just what condition are Christians in? Well, let's see.

Definitions of "Perfect"

There are a number of words translated, perfect, in the King James Version of the New Testament. We do not have space to consider all of them. The one most pertenent to this study is teleios (tel'-i-os). Jesus said in Matthew 5:48, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Here, the word translated, "perfect" in both instances is teleios. So we are to be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect! The word, according to Thayer, means, "Brought to its end, finished; wanting nothing necessary to completeness; perfect." It is the same word translated,"men" in 1 Corinthians 14:20 (KJV) and "mature" (NKJV). Paul writes, "Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature" (NKJV).
Jesus gave the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:21 an example of what one needs to do to be perfect: "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." Paul told the Philippian brethren in Philippians 3:14-15:
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
Here Paul is saying that he is working toward perfection in the "high calling of God in Christ Jesus. He urges those who have reached perfection not to stop, but to keep pressing on. This is important as we continue our study.
Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:16-17:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Here, the word translated, perfect in the King James Version is from the Greek word, artios {ar'-tee-os}, meaning, "Fresh, that is, (by implication) complete," according to Strong.
These passages appear to show that not only can we be perfect, but should always be working toward that goal. If fact, they seem to show that some have reached perfection (Phil. 3:14-15). Are some of us perfect? Can we all reach perfection? Well, yes and no. It depends on the definition of "perfect." When we think of "perfection," we usually think of the dictionary definition of perfection: "Being entirely without fault or defect : flawless" (Webster).
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