Text: Genesis 17:1
We’re just going to look at the first instruction to be perfect (vs 1) in Abraham’s covenant. It has to do with separating from the world and following God.
Perfection is nonconformity to this world – Romans 12:2
- Deuteronomy 18:13 – avoiding the cultural mentality and acceptance of sin. There is this idea that love is getting rid of as many rules as possible. And any rule is hatred. There is this idea that God’s grace means now I sin without conscience. Perfection in God’s eyes is not about how much sin you can tolerate. Perfection is the ability to do good while threatened and tempted by evil.
- 1 Kings 8:59-61
- Job and Noah are both called perfect in their generations.
Matthew 5:48 – The command is to be perfect, not just in the old testament. You need to know this is a commandment of the LORD because you’ll go along with the world and shrug it off saying, Nobody’s perfect. That’s clearly not acceptable in God’s eyes. That excuse doesn’t mean anything to God.
Be perfect and God will be with you
- 2 Corinthians 13:11
- It’s the all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose.
- You’re simply being told where the LORD is at work.
Perfection is a perspective of heavenly things
- Philippians 3:13-15
- Matthew 19:21
All souls are equipped by the words of God to be perfect before the LORD – 2 Timothy 3:17