For the law made nothing perfect but the bringing in of a better hope did, by the which we draw near to God - - Heb 7:19
I. God’s Law Guides toward Perfection; Our Inner Law Goads toward Perfectionism
The Law does not make anything perfect, any more than a stake makes a tree grow.
The law shows the path and points out faults (off the path) and outlines correctives (how to get back and stay on the path) (2Tim 3:16&17)
Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Gal 2:16 a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Gal 3:24 Therefore the law was our schoolmaster until Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
II. Perfection is growth in Christlikeness; from the process of mind/value/action transformation...
[getting your act together (Renewal-sanctification), through the auditions (Relationships), and on the road (Responsibility-ministry)];
...to benefit God, others and ourselves;…that results in maturity, blessing and reward (glorification/telios).
A. Possible Job 1:8 the LORD said to Satan, considered my servant Job, there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and eschews evil? (Gen 6:9 Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, Noah walked with God.
2Kings 20:3 LORD, remember now how I have walked before you in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done good in your sight.
B. Commanded Gen 17:1 LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be you perfect.
Mt 5:48 Be therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Mt 19:21 Jesus said to him, If you will be perfect, go and sell that you have, and give to the poor. and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Result of Applying Scripture in QT 2Tim 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.
C. Process (not a temporal position, but an eternal one)
1. Php 3:12 No...attained...already perfect but I follow after, that I may take hold of that for which also I am taken hold of by Christ
2. I Ki 8:61 Let your heart be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments as today.
3. Ps 101:2 will behave myself wisely in a perfect way... I will walk within my house with a perfect heart
4. 2Ch 19:9 And he commanded them, saying, "Thus you shall act in the fear of the LORD, faithfully and with a perfect heart:
5 . 2Ch 25:2 he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.
6. 1Ki 11:4 Solomon wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD as was heart of David
7. Ps 101:6 My eves shall he on the faithful of the land, they may dwell with mc: he that walks in a perfect way, he shall serve mc.
8. Php 3:15 as many as be perfect:, be thus minded: and if in any thing you be otherwise minded. God shall reveal even this to you.
9. God’s Effort Gal 3:3 Arc you so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh?
Heb 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus.
1Pt 5:10 God of all grace…called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus. after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect
10. Our Effort Js 1:25 looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues, not a forgetful hearer, doer of the work, blessed in deed.
In Faith Jas 2:22 See how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
In Works Rev 3:2 Be watchful and strengthen what remains. That are ready to die: for I have not found your works perfect before God
In Speech Jas 3:2 If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body
In Love 1Jn 4:17 our love made perfect that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear involves torment, he that fears is not made perfect in love.
11. Other’s Effort Col 4:12 Epaphras. laboring fervently for you in prayer, you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God 1Co 2:6 we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world
1Thes 3:10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
1Co 2:6 we preach. warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom: that we may present every man perfect in Christ
12. Corporate aspect John 17:23 I in them, you in me, that they may be made perfect in unity; that the world may know...
2Co 13:11 brethren be perfect be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to measure of stature…
D. Blessed 2Ch 16:9 eyes of the LORD...whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
Product of endurance James 1:4 let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Yet, not free from enemies Ps 64:4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect suddenly do they shoot at him, and they fear not.