Christian Pilgrim


3. Perfection

"Perfection" means maturity.

Hebrews 6:1,2 - "Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment."

1 Corinthians 13:10 - "But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away."

Note, "that which is perfect" is contrasted with "that which is in part," not that which is imperfect.

Psalm 139:10 - "Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them."

As "unperfect" here means immaturity, so "perfect" means maturity.

2 Timothy 3:16,17 - "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

Scripture is given that the man of God may be "perfect," i.e. mature.

1 Kings 15:3 - "And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father."

1 Kings 15:14 - "But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa's heart was perfect with the LORD all his days."

2 Chronicles 16:9 - "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him."

We see in these passages that a heart described as being "perfect" is not one that is without sin, but one that is mature in the things of God. God shews himself strong in those whose "hearts are perfect."

For “perfect” we could also read “genuine."

Perfect Heart:

2 Kings 20:3 – “I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.”

1 Chronicles 12:38 – “All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king.”

1 Chronicles 28:9 – “And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.”

1 Chronicles 29:9 – “Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.”

1 Chronicles 29:19 – “And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision.”

2 Chronicles 19:9 – “And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.”

2 Chronicles 25:2 – “And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.

Psalm 101:2 – “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

Isaiah 38:3 – “And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.”