God: His Nature, His Perfection

Perfection is one attribute of God’s nature that tells us many important truths. First among these is the fact that God cannot do anything that is imperfect. If God were capable of imperfection He would not be God. What conveys to God His exalted position as God of all god’s is that He exists perfect in every way.

When we consider what this means we understand that He must be perfectly good, all of the time. He can do not evil, nor can He dwell with evil. If we imagine that God is responsible for the evil that is in the world or that sickness, suffering or death are caused by Him or, at least, permitted by Him; we have misunderstood who God is.

The fact that evil, sickness, suffering, and death are present on earth tell us that something happened outside of God that has caused this to take place.

When we study the Bible, we are made aware that these travesties of human life came into the world as a result of sin, not by command or the will of God. It was the purpose of God that people live in a perfect world where they would never die. He made the world for us and gave only one law: do not partake of the knowledge of good and evil. Remain pure and innocent and by your obedience to God’s command you show your true love and trust in what He says.

Adam was a creature of resplendent beauty. He was far wiser than any many after him and he commanded the earth and all its physical laws and creatures. God gave him dominion over the whole earth and no creature was above or greater than he. Adam was not deceived as Eve; he willingly disobeyed God’s command and cause the fall of all humans after him.

The entire purpose of God in this word is to return mankind to its original creation. He accomplishes this by first redeeming what was lost. The price for sin is death and separation from God. The free gift is forgiveness of sin by the death of Jesus and His payment for our guilt. God is just and when He said that “the soul who sins will die,”  He was certain to do what He said. It was by punishing His Son instead of us that sin’s curse was atoned for and all who believe this are set free from the power of sin and death, forever.

For the time being all creation waits for God as He waits for man, all people, to decide what they will do with their sin and guilt. People are given one life to decide whether they will believe what God said and take His Son as their Savior. If they fail to place themselves under the provision of His Grace, they assign themselves in an impossible situation. Without the removal of their sins by Christ’s blood, they stand before God and give an account for their own life. With no other provision remaining, all those who reject the perfection of Jesus’ sacrifice receive their desire: separation from God forever.

The perfection of God demands perfection of His creation. He made us perfect in every way and He as no toleration for any sin. The failure of man is to understand the Holiness of God and His absolute demand of moral perfection. If we could understand God’s perfection that is described in the Bible by the world “Holiness,” then we could comprehend why our own holiness is so important to Him.

The Perfection Of Jesus

Despite His sinless perfection, Jesus looked like any other man. He had no special features or stature that would distinguish Him as God. Isaiah said that He was unremarkable in His appearance.

There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. Isaiah 53:2 (NLT)

It was only when Jesus spoke or acted, that it was immediately apparent that He was not a normal human being.

And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But Jesus was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?  Matthew 8:24-27

When Jesus taught, people were astonished:

When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?”  Matthew 13:54

When Jesus spoke, people marveled at His gracious words:

So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. Luke 4:22

The people were amazed when Jesus forgave sins, as only God has this right:

And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Luke 7:49

The Temple guards were in awe over the manner in which Jesus spoke:

The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!” John 7:46

Peter rightly identified Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God:

Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16

Even the demons identify Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God:

And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Luke 4:41

Every word, every deed—all of His life, Jesus was truly good. He came to earth and offered His life for our sins. He allowed evil men to beat and crucify Him because He alone is good. The great God of the universe came to earth and proved His existence to us—by the presence of Jesus of Nazareth.

Born Perfect, Lived Perfect

Although Jesus came to us from eternity, He also came to earth as a man. Existing forever in Spirit, Jesus had no permanent body. In order for God to be able to save all mankind, it was necessary for Him to become one of us. As the second Adam, Jesus was born without sin, conceived by the Holy Spirit in the body of a virgin. Because Jesus did not possess a sin nature, as do all those who are descended from Adam; and because He was able to live His entire life without sin; Jesus was qualified to be our Savior. If Jesus had sinned even once during His thirty-three years, He would have been disqualified as our Savior.

On the afternoon that Jesus was crucified, there were two criminals on either side of Him, who were also dying. These men had made such a mess of their lives, that they were about to pay for their crimes. This was not true of Jesus. The testimony of all those who had known Him intimately for many years is that He had never sinned.

Hebrews 4:15 (Paul) For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

1 Peter 1:19 (Peter) but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

There is not a single reference in the Bible where Jesus is said to have committed a sin. When Pilate came face to face with Jesus, his observation and judgment was: I find no fault in Him.

Luke 23:4 So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this Man.”

In order for anyone to accuse Jesus of sin, their accusations would have to be contrived. It is said that when the Jews were seeking to convict Jesus of crimes serious enough to put Him to death, they went looking for false testimony of His guilt.

Matthew 26:59 Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses came forward 61 and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.’ ”

In order to place blame on Jesus which would necessitate His death, people had to lie about Him.

Many of those who observed the accusations against Jesus, believed Him to be guilty, by the false testimony of those who sought His death. They were led to believe that Jesus had committed crimes worthy of death because the religious leaders of Israel had said that He was guilty. Today, people make the same fatal error in their evaluation of Jesus. They accept the testimony of others about who Jesus is, rather than doing the important work of investigation for themselves.

Isaiah prophesied that when the Messiah would be put to death, those who observed His punishment would believe that He was being punished by God for His own evil deeds.

…Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

Atonement

In the prophecy of Isaiah describing the atoning work of the Messiah, He will complete His work and make the reality of salvation possible for every person who will believe and personally appropriate this principle to their own life. Jesus came as the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecies of the Messiah, to take the body that was prepared for Him from the foundation of the world and make one perfect sacrifice for us.

Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—In the volume of the book it is written of Me— To do Your will, O God.’ ” Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  ~Hebrews 10:5

The text of this verse from Hebrews chapter 10 is truly amazing, when we consider that they are the words of the Messiah who is describing the body of a human being that will be prepared for Him to be sacrificed for the sins of the world. As Jesus arrives in Bethlehem, He takes the flesh of a human being—the body that is spoken of, in Hebrews 10:5, and begins to live His life as a man. He must learn to walk, talk, and experience all of the difficulties that every other person will go through in their life. He must remain perfect and without sin for His entire life, or He cannot be the One to whom all of the Old Testament prophecies speak of. No sacrifice was permitted in the Old Testament when the animal had a defect. The Passover Lamb had to be perfect, just as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world must also be perfect and without sin.

Jesus met all of the requirements for the substitutionary death of the guilty;  therefore, He was allowed to offer His life for all human beings. By successfully completing the plan of salvation for all people, Jesus fully vindicated God and showed all creation that God is Loving, Merciful, and Just.


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