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Are We To Be Perfect For God

What does "be perfect" mean in this scripture:

Matthew 5:48 "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect".

In what sense does God want us to be perfect? Will He send us to hell if we've sinned after recieving Him?

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The verse is adjuring believers to submit to the empowerment of Christ, that we may bring forth the mental and moral character prophetically purposed for our lives, and eventually reach the goal of completion concerning the intended spiritual growth and maturity of man. "If any man offend not in word [or deed] the same is a 'perfect' (complete) man, able also to 'bridle' (control, lower, as into a void) the 'whole body'."- As the completely carnal nature, or mental disposition....
---Josef on 1/10/08

Pt.2...of the unrenewed mind mortal man abides in from birth. How does this happen? "Being confident of this very thing, that He which begun a good work in us will perform (continue to bring that effectual operation to completion, unto perfection) until the day of Jesus Christ. For by one offering He has 'perfected' (consummated in character) for ever them that are 'sanctified'," or set apart for that purpose.
---Josef on 1/10/08

Pt.3 Mat.5:48 is not a 'request to' man, it is a 'declaration for' man, 'received of' man, by His faith, which man has been privileged to exercise through an empowered submission of his/her will, so that His will may be done. "Will He send us to hell if we've sinned after recieving Him?" No. Father correct to errors of His children, He does not condemn us for them. He has given gifts to man. Why?....
---Josef on 1/10/08

Pt.4..."For the perfecting (equipping) of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Until we come in the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God, unto the 'measure' (limited portion alloted) of the 'stature' (maturity [perfection]) of the fulness of Christ." Refs. James 3:2>Phil.1:5>Heb.10:14
---Josef on 1/10/08

I'll tell you in one sense.....think perfect.
---Jack_8773 on 1/6/08

This passage in Matthew is a great passage. "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Here Christ sets an unattainable standard. This sums up what the law itself demanded (James 2:10) that which no one could attain. Though this standard is impossible to meet, God could not lower it without compromising His own perfection. "He who is perfect" (His nature) could not set an imperfect standard of righteousness.
---Mark_V. on 1/6/08

#2. The marvelous truth of the Gospel is that Christ has met this standard on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21). "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righeousness of God in Him" Paul summarized the heart of the gospel, explaining how sinners can be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ which expresses the doctrines of imputation and substitution like no other.
---Mark_V. on 1/6/08


1 a: for that reason : consequently b: because of that c: on that ground
2: to that end


What to BE, has been afore mentioned in the chapter. The message is to BE,
not BElieve.
---Nana on 1/5/08

Rev. 21:8 and 22:15 make it clear that anyone that believes or practices a lie will not be in the KOH (Kingdom of Heaven). Paul wants people to believe they can't ever get rid of sin. This is a lie. Jesus' blood will not cover up any sin. He said that He became sanctified (perfect) so that we also MAY BE ABLE to be sanctified (perfect). (John 17)
---Dr._Rich on 1/4/08

This is an admonition to us that he wants us to work toward,we are not in a perfect world, we fail from time to time,some more than others, God knew this and he made a provision, for it. His word tells us that when we do sin, that we are to confess it and forsake it, turn from it, and be sorry for doing it. Jesus will perfect us as we go along.It is however,not his will that we continually give in to sin. That is abusing grace, and because he loves us, he will bring chastisement, if we continue.
---Gayla on 1/4/08

Donna, I think you mean James 5:16 >

"Confess your trespasses to one another,
and pray for one another, that you may be healed.
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much."

I understand that God has ordained each of us to have m-u-t-u-a-l confession
with m-u-t-u-a-l healing prayer to get us cured of whatever makes us able to sin, but also "healed" together with God so we become perfect by loving like His love has us loving each person.
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/4/08

Observe the context of Matthew 5:48.

It's love. Jesus tells us that God's love is perfect, that he loves sinners and saints.

As much as he rejoices over his faithful he weeps for the lost. Jesus' admonition could be crossed over into sanctification for personal application (I encourage this) but as matters of sound doctrine are concerned, he's basically saying love all with the same zeal.
---Pharisee on 1/4/08

"I've said it before and I'll say
it again: Life moves pretty fast."

"If you don't stop and look around
once in a while, you could miss it."

Ferris looks at CAMERA. FERRIS (happy sigh) Yeah, life is a carousel. A great big crazy ball of pure living, breathing joy and delight. He rolls over on his back and puts his hands behind his head. FERRIS You gotta get one.

He smiles. MUSIC UP BIG
---Asheep_at_the_wheel on 1/4/08

1) What does "be perfect" mean in this scripture:
Being perfect refers to accepting the Word of God.

2) In what sense does God want us to be perfect?
God wants us to Always Accept His Word

3) Will He send us to hell if we've sinned after recieving Him?
Hell is for all that refuse to repent of their sins
---Shawn.M.T on 1/4/08

Receiving Him doesn't cleanse us from all unrighteousness, the shed blood of Jesus does. So to answer your second question, no He doesn't send us to hell if we've sinned after receiving Him. However 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness." As Christians, we still MUST confess our sins, Paul tells us, "one to another."
---Donna on 1/4/08

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