In Matthew Chapter 5, we find that Christ tells us to be perfect:
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)
When this question is asked in the different denominations, the response usually follows as such: A man cannot be perfect, it is impossible to be perfect while we are in the flesh. But since this is written here, then it is speaking about a “different” aspect of perfection, therefore it is necessary to turn to different sources, to the Hebrew or Greek language. I am a simple man and I believe as it is written in the Bible, in the language that I understand and know, and I believe this Word is from God, and this Word is unchanging, eternal.
Every person strives to perfection. And in every person this is expressed differently, to someone it may be expressed at work, to another at school, to another at home. In other words, there is something that is driving him to such a manifestation. This is similar to how a person strives to always live, and time and death for a person is something foreign/strange. This is all due to the fact that the person is created in the image and likeness of God, Who created us from the earth and breathed into us the breath of life.
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)
Since God Himself is the perfect God, and the person is created in His image and likeness, the aspiration in man to perfection has place.
In the Old Testament, in the epistle to the Levites, God introduces the law that requires holiness from the person:
For I am the Lord your God: ye shall be holy; for I am holy. (Leviticus 11:44-45, 19:2, 20:7,26)
Holiness – is the nature of God Himself, this is purity, righteousness, love – this is perfection itself. And as we know, for hundreds and thousands of years, people have tried to obtain this through the law, however, as it is written:
For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did…For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. (Hebrews 7:19, Hebrews 10:1)
What is the reason? Why did man, through the law given in the Old Testament, as an example of God’s holiness, failed to show this holiness and be perfect? This is also a current question for all of us today! The answer is simple – SIN! The conscience is sinful. And in the battle/fight against sin, a person will always lose, be a loser!
For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. (Romans 7:15-17)
If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? (Hebrew 7:11)
God, rich in mercy, gives man a completely different path to attain perfection and be holy. This is described in great detail in the epistle to Hebrews from chapter 7 to chapter 10. For this, it was necessary to destroy sin in man, so that sin would have no power. The sacrifices in the Old Testament did not yield to perfection, and on the contrary, revealed/showed sin:
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sin. (Hebrews 10:2-4)
But now once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself; For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (Hebrews 9:26, Hebrews 10:14)
So what is perfection for me today? This is God Himself Who lives in my heart! After all, from the beginning God created man for Himself, to live/dwell in him. But man sinned, believed the devil, and thus the person died for God, and sin settled in the conscience. On Calvary, Christ accomplished the victory over sin, destroyed it once and for all! Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, today I am holy and righteous, I no longer have any conscience of sins (Hebrews 10:2), because by the blood of Jesus Christ today I am redeemed and washed. Christ has destroyed the power of sin in me, and became my life, and He is my all and all! And this is the conscience by which I live today and grow in perfection.