Doctrine of Truth

"He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son" .... 2 John 1:9

     Gospel of Perfection

(A condensed study of Pastor Sunny George from 16 – 18 October 2012)

 

“…that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” – Colo 1:28

 

 The main objective of the body of Christ on this earth and its apostolic ministry is to present every man perfect in Christ Jesus before him when he appears to gather his saints (Col.1:28). Christ himself desires that we should be perfect like him. When we look around the world we can see gospel is being preached in various manners.  There is doctrine of deliverance (Jas.1:25) also there is a doctrine of perfection. We can see or get gospel of salvation or gospel of deliverance everywhere but gospel of perfection (glorious gospel – 2 Cor.4:4) cannot be obtained everywhere.

Gospel contains two kinds of gospels; (a) gospel of deliverance (Jas.1:25) or gospel of salvation (Eph.1:13) or oracles of doctrines (Heb.6:1-2), and (b) gospel of perfection (2 Cor.4:4).  That is why Hebrew writer says, “.. leaving the principles of doctrines, let us go unto perfection” (Heb.6:2).  This gospel was in the hands of the God the Father and it was known as “gospel of God” (Rom.1:1; 1 Thes. 2:8); then it was given to Jesus Christ and known as “gospel of Christ” (Rom.1:16).  He came to this world and gave it to His holy apostles and that is why St. Paul calls it as “our gospel” (2 Thes.2:14) and finally he claims as “my gospel”.  We should also receive this gospel through His apostles and make it as “our gospel” or “my gospel”.

We have not become perfect; but we are being led unto perfection. All people should receive perfection and the fullness so that they shall be made worthy to be found before Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus will come to gather his perfected saints. We should be also in that group of perfected saints. All the doctrines that we hear, the prayers that we offer, the sacrifices that we present to the Lord are all for this very purpose. Even the sufferings that we endure, commandments that we abide by, the counsels that we hear, the laws and statutes that we keep and follow are for the same objective. All things which are found as a hindrance to be perfected should be removed from our life. There is a limit for a person to grow. An infant will grow till he attains his 15 or 20 years, after that he cannot grow physically. But a person who is born spiritually is growing every day. He can grow until he reaches perfection; he can grow till he dies in this world. In our spiritual life we should have such an experience.

There are multiple areas in our spiritual life where we have to be perfected. We should be perfected in faith; in love; in doing the will of God and in holiness.  We have to be perfect in all spiritual matters. All the imperfection should be removed from us. With mistakes and iniquities we cannot be perfected. As we hear the Word of God; as we read the scriptures, we should be led unto perfection. To be led to perfection, there should be a transformation in our character. Many do not have this transformation of character despite hearing messages of perfection all through their life. Some will be angry all the day long; some will be angry at times. Spirit of the Lord once asked, “Do you know the qualification of a man to be perfected?” And the Spirit continued to say, “They shall endure all and forgive everyone”.  You may have faith, love and hope but if you lack in forgiveness, and if you lack in bearing one another, you will not be able to reach Heaven but you will have to end up in Hell Fire.

There must be a change in our character. We have not yet attained perfection in our life. Hence St. Paul states in Phil 3:12 – “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” Beloved brethren, you should also labor for this perfection to stand before Jesus Christ. Let us meditate deeply on few matters as this is a very vast subject.

Unity

We have to be perfected in oneness or unity. Jesus Christ wanted us to be so and prayed to God the Father for the same. John 17:21, 23 – “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” (v.23) “…I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me”. If God has to work in our midst we should be one as the Father and Son Jesus were one. We should not forget this truth. Among believers and servants of God there should be a great unity. If God has to work in our life; if God has to work in our church; if God has to work in our houses we should have this oneness. God the Father and Son Jesus Christ were one and hence great wonders took place when Jesus was on this earth.

If we feel any shortfall for a new matter introduced by the servants of God we should stand along and support for the matter and confess that it was due to our lack of prayer it happened contrary to the objective. We should not criticize them.  When we read Acts 2:14 – “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words…” it is written that Peter stood up to preach with the eleven. Only Peter preached but all the 12 Apostles were one. They were all united to that ministry. They all said Amen to what was preached there. If what is being preached is according to the will of God we also should tell Amen to that. That is the spirit of disciples; that is the spirit of saints. Apostles where all in one spirit and hence God did miracles and wonders. Are you also found one with God and the saints of God? Let’s surrender ourselves and decide to be united with the saints and with God; let us be one in house and church.

You should not turn your face when you see anyone. It is indeed a hindrance to your blessing and your goodness. Are you bitter with anyone? Confess to God, “Lord I am opening my heart. Till now I am not able to be one with you and others. I am deciding to be united with you and others whom I interact with”. If you speak ill of others, the guardian angels that God has appointed to preserve those people will hear that and convey the same to God (Mat.19:8).  We should not disagree with the angels. Jesus said in John 10:30 – “I and my Father are one.” To be a perfect man you should be one with Christ Jesus and God the Father. If you take a stick and try to bend or break it is easy to accomplish that task. But if it is bundled along with nine sticks to be 10 sticks it is very hard to break or even bend. Eccle 4:12 – “…And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” We should not live in pretense. If you do so, then you are not of the Lord.

Christ is one and you are the body of Christ. Hence you should be one with Christ. Christ is the head. As head and body is one, Christ and church is one. Church is the combination of servants of God and believers. Both of them should be one.  This truth we see from the candlestick.  Saints of God together with the Holy Spirit and doctrines form the neck. Neck is the part of body which joins head with rest of the body. Saints of God surrender the children of God in the hands of God day and night to join them to Christ. Some ministers attract the believers to themselves instead of Christ. They are not true New Testament ministers. They should not please believers; they should not be man-pleasers while doing the ministry of God. They should gather believers unto Christ. When believers are united with Christ they will be eventually united with saints of God also.

You should be one in your family life. You should be united between husband and wife. You should not live a life separated to each other. You should never keep bitterness in you and sleep with bitterness with your spouses in your house. If the Lord comes that night or if you die at that night, you will never be able to live with Jesus. Wives, you should endure your husbands at home. Husbands, you also should bear and endure the weakness and foolishness of your wives. You should bear and endure the servants of God. Do not simply criticize and go around; it is a sin. Parents, you should not speak ill of others or criticize anyone in front of your children. Let your children come up as spiritual children. Saints who are perfected in unity will be caught up when Jesus appears to gather his perfected saints or bride. When we see anyone in the church we should be able to greet them with “Praise the Lord”. They are true saints; they are true believers. God will be pleased in them.

Ways of God

If we have to be perfected we should walk in the ways of Jesus. Psalms 18:30 – “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.” Yes! The way of God is perfect! We also should go through that way of perfection and get perfected. We should strive to attain perfection in our life. We should find our imperfections, correct them and run towards perfection. Firstly the ways of the Lord are His commandments. Abiding by the commandments and living in accordance with the same is the perfect path. Secondly the way is Jesus himself. He says in John 14:6 – “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” We should pass through this perfect way which is Jesus. Thirdly this way is the way which our Jesus treaded through. He leads us through that path to be perfected like Jesus. This way means going through the same path of Jesus. He was rejected; he was reproached; he was mocked; he was humiliated; he was persecuted by others. Such occasions may come to us also. This is the perfect path to make us perfect. We may have to encounter humiliation in our life. Devil tries that we may be abased. But if we look in the light of the Word of God, we should never exalt ourselves. Luke 14:11 – “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted”. We have to be perfected in four aspects; viz. faith, love, holiness and doing the will of God.  This we see from the four faces of a creature seen by Prophet Ezekiel (Ezk.1:10).  Lion speaks of faith, oxen speaks of doing the will of God, man speak love and eagle speaks holiness.  This we see in the four gospels too.  Beloved, have you ever thought for whom you are living? We should live for our Lord Jesus. We should abide by His commandments, accept him as the perfect and go through his perfect path which he has gone through before us and thereby be perfected.

Law of the Lord

Psalms 19:7 – “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.” Even as we come to the New Testament times, the law of the Lord is perfect. There are certain ordinances from the Old Testament which are given to the saints of God. One of such ordinances is praising God. The law of the Lord is the Word of God given by the Holy Spirit to His saints. This is given to attain spiritual perfection. The continual praising is a law of the Lord. Kneeling down and worshiping the Lord is an ordinance and a law of the Lord. Praying in the Holy Spirit is an ordinance. What does this law of Lord in us? It leads us to holiness. It is a law of holiness. If you live according to your desire, you cannot follow the law of the Lord. Full time consecrated servants of God have to consecrate everything they have in their life; their father, mother brethren and all that they have (Lk.14:26,33). They have to live for Jesus. They have to live for the flock or believers given to their charge. Their consecration should be perfect. Their life of separation should be perfect. We should live in perfection. Christ is asking us to live in a perfect way. Let us obey this perfect law and be perfected.

Good works

 

We are called unto good works and should be perfected in it.   We are supposed to do only good works. 2 Tim 3:16, 17 – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” God desires us to be perfected in good works. We have to ponder over this subject deeply and understand what is lacking in our lives. We have to correct ourselves and start doing good works to others in accordance to the Word of God and will of God. It is not required to do good works for the sake of doing it, but we should carry it out in a perfect way so that our Lord may be pleased in us.  Conveying the salvation and healing work of Jesus to every soul is considered as good works (Act 10:38).  We have to remove all that are hindering in our lives to do this good work.

Holiness

We should be perfected in holiness. 2 Cori 7:1 – “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” We should perfect holiness in the fear of God so that we shall be presented perfect before Christ Jesus. To inherit Zion which is the perfection of beauty, we should be perfected in all spiritual characters. This is not only in one or two experiences but in all the experiences we should be perfected. To stand perfected in this world filled with sins and filthiness we should live a holy life. One of the will of God concerning us is our sanctification. 1 Thes 4:3 – “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification that ye should abstain from fornication…” We all have many desires. Parents desire that their children to be like them or someone above their standard. Similarly the desire of God the Father concerning us is our sanctification. Christ is holy and we all should be holy like Him. None should be unclean. You should not have uncleanness in thoughts or imaginations like the people of this world. No uncleanness should be found in our life. We should repent daily. You should examine if you are living a saintly life in your family, church, workplace and in the society. If others see us they should see us as holy people. Our behavior, our dressing, works speech all should reveal that we are saints.  Peace with all men and holiness without which none can see God (Heb.12:14).

In a worker’s meeting the Holy Spirit spoke, “What kind of father do you desire? Don’t you need a father who chasten you; a father who corrects and disciplines you; a father who shows love and mercy to you?” Yes dear brethren we need a father who correct us. We need servants of God who will discipline us. Believers should be able to accept the same in the right spirit. If you are bringing up a child without correcting or disciplining, the child will not be spiritual or good child in future. Holy Spirit asks us not to touch any unclean thing. Your eyes should be holy, you should not see any unclean thing (Psa.101:3); your ears should be holy, you should not hear any unclean thing; your heart should be holy, you should not desire any unclean thing; your mind should be holy, you should not think or imagine any unclean thing; your hands should be holy, you should not do any unclean thing; your feet should be holy, you should not walk in unclean ways; your body and all the members of your body should be holy, you should not indulge in any unclean activities. Then God will sanctify you. God will give you inheritance of the holy ones (Acts 20:32). God says, “Be ye holy as I am holy” 1 Peter 1:15 – “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation…” Yes our God is glorious in holiness. Exo 15:11 – “Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

He also says I have made you my temple and His temple should be holy. You have to be holy to become the temple of God. Our speech and conduct should be holy in our house as well as outside. We are called for holiness. 1 Thes 4:7 – “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness”. It is again written that there should not any uncleanness even named among us. Ephe 5:2-4 – “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.” If you have a wife do not look at or desire for another woman; if you have a husband, do not look at or desire for another man in your life. Do not desire anything or anyone against the will of God. Do not desire any property or vehicle of others. Do not speak to another woman as you speak to your wife. Fear God; Fear the Word of God and His holiness. Holiness itself is the fear of God. Holiness is our watch word.  Do not doubt your husband or wife. If you are enduring everything you should endure and bear your spouse as well. Love your Lord and your spouse. Do not have jealousy, hatred, partiality or injustice but honor and respect to everyone. Live with holiness. Now you are not perfect but desire to be perfect. Eph 4:30 – “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Do not stand against the Word of God or the Holy Spirit. Give glory to God without any doubt.

There are various things in which we should be perfected. We should be perfected in love. We should be perfected in the sufferings. We should go through the same suffering that our Jesus went through to learn and know obedience. Let us forgive and love everyone. When Jesus looks over us, let him not find anyone lacking in love. We should be humble; never be proud or boast about anything that you possess. You should confess, “Lord, I am nothing.” You should consider your brethren better than you. Walk in humility and not have haughtiness. Do not tell others that you are an old believer boastingly. Oldness of letter is not important but it is the newness of the spirit. Rom 7:6 – “But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” At the same time you should honor the elderly and whoever are experienced believers in the Church. If you are an old believer do not expect honor or respect from others. You should only tell, I am nothing and I am only striving for perfection.

God has brought us to this truth not to live here enjoying but to die for him. He expects us to die doing the perfect will of God. We should die in faith; we should die for the doctrine that we have received from God. God has called us that does not mean that we should live happily till the coming of the Lord or enjoy our life with our children and grandchildren for long. We have to either die or be transformed in the rapture. We should have a firm faith in that.

Christ is coming to gather His holy saints.  Let us be ready for that day.