Who can be as "perfect" as God? (Matthew 5:48)


Clarify Share Report Asked June 14 2021 Mini Anonymous

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that no one (other than Christ) could, can, or will attain the degree of perfection of which Jesus is speaking in this life and world, which is why all humans (even the most "saintly" among us) are completely dependent on faith in Christ for their salvation, and must always acknowledge their sin and receive God's forgiveness for it for Christ's sake.

However, Jesus' command is intended to give humans no excuse for not always making a maximum effort in that regard, and continually striving to become more and more Christlike with each passing day, progressing toward our final status in eternity, when (as John said in 1 John 3:2), "we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is," and we will also receive proportionate eternal rewards for our actions as followers of Christ during our earthly lives.

June 17 2021 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
No one can. But Jesus isn't calling us to a lesson in futility. He is asking us to strive for perfection. No one is perfect (Romans 3:10-12). But this is the law of love (Matthew 5:43-44). Jesus said in Matthew 5:44, "But I say unto you, ‘Love your enemies, bless them curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.’" 

That is EVEN when your enemies DESPITEFULLY use you!

December 07 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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