1. The riddle of PERFECTION in this BODY is resolved when it is understood as a PROCESS not a DESTINATION, “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD APPEARED to Abram, and said unto him, I am the ALMIGHTY God; WALK BEFORE ME, and BE THOU PERFECT” [Genesis 17:1] God revealed Himself to the FATHERS, they WALKED before Him in FAITH and were accounted PERFECT according to the LIGHT they received of Him, “These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a JUST MAN and PERFECT in his generations, and Noah WALKED with God” [Genesis 6:9] In due season God revealed Himself to us in the SON, Jesus Christ, to establish the standard of PERFECTION for those who receive Hin as Lord and Saviour, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” [Colossians 2:9] There was a DIMENSION OF PERFECTION for the FATHERS and another for us who are in Christ. The FATHERS obtained GOOD REPORT through FAITH and we, if we continue in FAITH shall be made PERFECT with them in Christ, “And these all, having OBTAINED A GOOD REPORT through FAITH, received not the PROMISE: God having provided some BETTER THING FOR US, that they without us should not be made PERFECT” [Hebrews 11:39-40] 

2. DIMENSIONS OF PERFECTION are seasons of DIVINE AGENDA, “… So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; … For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the BLADE, then the EAR, after that the CORN in the ear” [Mark 4:26-29] The BLADE, that is, Old Testament SAINTS were PERFECT in their generations, fully persuaded of God’s RIGHTEOUSNESS and unmindful of their own weaknesses WALKED before Him in uncommon INTEGRITY, as it is written of Abraham, “He STAGGERED NOT at the PROMISE of God through unbelief; but was STRONG IN FAITH, giving glory to God; And being FULLY PERSUADED that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was IMPUTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS” [Romans 4:20-22] Abraham and others like him were accounted PERFECT by TRIALS of FAITH and being found faithful had their shortcoming discounted and UPRIGHTNESS commuted to RIGHTEOUSNESS [Isaiah 54:17] Those who find faults with Old Testament SAINTS to justify themselves in SIN are ignorant of the TRIALS and PAINS they suffered, WALKING before God, defenseless as it were before Satan and prevailed; of such was Job, “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause” [Job 2:3]

3. DIMENSIONS OF PERFECTION shifted from BLADE to EAR, we being the EAR that should bring forth the CORN and needless to say, much more is expected of us “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall EXCEED the RIGHTEOUSNESS of the SCRIBES and PHARISEES, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven” [Matthew 5:20] The character flaws we readily condemn in the FATHERS must not be found in us, if God will dwell in this BODY to replicate Himself as He did in Christ, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be CONFORMED to the IMAGE OF HIS SON, that he might be the FIRSTBORN among many BRETHREN” [Romans 8:29] This DIMENSION OF PERFECTION is optimized in those who accept Jesus Christ as God manifest in man, readily DIE to FLESH in conformity to His death on the Cross, to live in Him and He in us, “Who being the BRIGHTNESS OF HIS GLORY, and the EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON, and upholding all things by the word of his power, …” [Hebrews 1:3] Brethren, though we profess FAITH in Christ, we are not accounted PERFECT by spiritual GIFTS or canonical titles; by replication of the MIND of Christ in us, we are made PERFECT in Him [Philippians 2:8] Every time we turn away from what we want to DO or BE to DO and BECOME what God want us to DO and BECOME, we are RENEWED in PERFECTION, “And BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD but be ye TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and PERFECT, WILL OF GOD” [Romans 12:2]

4. DIMENSIONS OF PERFECTION are like the seed which the farmer sowed; first the BLADE, then the EAR, and finally fulfilment in the CORN. In like manner, the ultimate DIMENSION OF PERFECTION comes at the appearance of Christ, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see him as he is” [1 John 3:2] The HARVEST of the earth is ripe but there are TARES among the WHEAT that must be purged, “That he might present it to himself a GLORIOUS CHURCH, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” [Ephesians 5:27]Beloved, hold tight to what you have received of Him and refuse to be distracted by present global instabilities and diverse upheavals, by which things TARES are shaken and fall away, “LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU by any means: for THAT DAY SHALL NOT COME, except there come a FALLING AWAY first, and that MAN OF SIN be revealed, the son of perdition” [2 Thessalonians 2:3] That DAY is round the corner, when we and those fallen asleep in the Lord since Adam shall be established in PERFECTION, “BE YE THEREFORE PERFECT, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” [Matthew 5:48] Friend, take the first step to PERFECTION today, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour Amen

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