Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Perfect Man


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And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Ephesians 4:11-16, New King James Version

A Perfect Man

What makes a man perfect? Or, should I say, who makes a man perfect? From the beginning of this world, there is only one man who was and is perfect, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Son of Man. Why do I ask such questions, then, if none of us can ever be perfect?

I ask these questions because a day will come when all true Christians will be made perfect. When all of God's saints are joined with Him in Heaven, they will no longer be filled with sin; they no longer will even have a sin nature. Jesus Christ, through His shed blood on the cross, purchased all true believers for Himself as His bride. That is the only way that any man can or will ever be perfect!

That does not mean that Christians will not change while still on earth.

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Though we will always wrestle with our own sin natures, God sanctifies us through the work of those whom He has equipped to be pastors, evangelists, and teachers. In a certain sense, all Christians are being equipped to be a teacher to the unconverted around them, as well as an encouragement to other believers.

. . . till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.

What beautiful words--unity of the faith. We see anything but unity, even among believers today. But, God will change that! All believers will be unified and perfected and live forever in the new heavens and new earth prepared for us by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Pray today that God would show you ways that He has equipped you to serve Him, and that God's plans for you would become the number one priority in your life!

God Bless You,
Linda

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