~ The Process of Perfection ~
Absolute Perfection (in God alone) ~ “Do you know how the clouds are balanced, those wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge?” (Job 37:16).
Relative Perfection (said of men) ~ “Then the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?’” (Job 1:8).
Growth in Perfection (occurring in men) ~ “It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect” (Psalm 18:32). “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands” (Psalm 138:8). “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Summary ~ While on earth we still sin, but keep in mind two things. First, in normal (not “average”) Christian growth the believer is becoming increasingly like his/her Savior. Second, God the Father views us right now as covered with the righteousness of His Son Jesus Christ.
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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