by Roby Ellis
[Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:11-16]
A. When we think of perfection, we commonly think of something that is entirely free of errors or flaws.
B. While we often hear that “nobody’s perfect,” the Bible says that we can be perfect (Matthew 5:48; John 17:23; 2 Timothy 3:17).
I. We have examples of men who have exhibited perfection.
A. Moses records that “Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations” (Genesis 6:9).
B. David’s heart was perfect with God (1 Kings 11:4).
C. Asa’s heart was also perfect (1 Kings 15:14).
D. Jesus is the ultimate example of perfection (Hebrews 4:15; 2:10; 5:8-9), Who is able to make us perfect also (10:14; 13:21).
II. How can I achieve perfection in my life?
A. We can achieve perfection by following the examples of others (Genesis 6:9,22; John 5:19).
B. We can achieve perfection through careful study of the Word (2 Peter 3:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
C. We can achieve perfection through the coupling of faith and works (James 2:22).
D. We can achieve perfection through restraint (James 3:1-5), unity (John 17:23), and love (1 John 4:17).
A. If we will listen to the commandments of God and walk in the light which it emits, we will be perfect (Matthew 5:48).
B. On the other hand, there is a sense of absolute perfection which we never fully achieve (Philippians 3:10-17).
C. “Let us go on to perfection” (Hebrews 6:1)!