In common parlance, perfection means to be the ultimate best in relation to a particular standard. In the academia and other professions for instance, perfection is measured by the attainment of the highest professional qualification and or certification. On the contrary, in the family of God perfection means maturity in Christ Jesus; for Christ Jesus is God’s standard and measurement of perfection. “And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;” Heb. 5:9. We are called to be perfect and for this reason, Jesus Christ died to take away our imperfections and resurrected to endow us with His perfection. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Cor. 5:21. Therefore, to be perfect before God is to receive Christ, to know Him, to live without sin, and to come to the measure of the stature of His fullness.
The life and ways of a man that is perfect in Christ Jesus is peculiar, glorious, eternal, and distinct from the norms and ways of the natural man. While the flesh is earthly, selfish, and subject to the traditions and the elements of the world, the perfect man in Christ Jesus walks in the life of the Spirit of God. He is a bowel of Godliness, walking in righteousness and his heritage is the kingdom of heaven.
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” Col. 1:12-13.
Observe, that in this dispensation of the gospel of Jesus Christ it is the grace of God that makes the natural man (earthly) or the saint of God perfect in Christ Jesus. So, it does not come by wishful thinking, the mundane way of life, religious Piety and practices and so forth; but rather it is a discipleship grace every child of God must pass through for Christ to be formed in us. In other words, God through His grace works out His will and purpose (perfection) in us. “Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Heb. 13:21. He makes us walk in the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus and be built up in Him to acquire God’s divine nature unto perfection. “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:4. “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,” Jude 1:20. When we walk in this grace, our faith is anchored in God, we are built up in His fullness, and are His sons and the heirs of salvation.
As sons of the kingdom of God, He has given us the responsibility to work the earth. This is because God’s work can only be well done of men who are perfect in Christ Jesus (sons). The reasons being that they are vessels of honour fit for the master’s use; they have the mind of Christ and will please God at all cost in doing His work; they are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ and as such they will give their best to keep and maintain the family heritage being co-owner and finally it takes only men who are perfect in Christ Jesus to deliver works that have eternal value.
“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” John 4:34-36,
In all, perfection in Christ Jesus is a reality of eternal life. It is so real that apart from observing it, it is of great value to the carrier himself, according Apostle Paul:
“I am crucified with
Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the
life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of
God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Gal. 2:20.
Among others, the merits of the work done by a man who is perfect in
Christ Jesus is that the work is eternal, fulfilling the finished work
of salvation and exhibiting the unsearchable riches of Christ. It will
attract more souls to the kingdom of our Father and brings glory to God.
Moreover, for every saint that is made perfect in Christ Jesus, heaven
rejoices over it, creation experiences the glory of it and God is
honoured for it.