Be the Perfect Man
God saved and redeemed us through His Son Jesus Christ, so that we could become His children. His divine intent is that we should emulate the way of His Son and be holy and perfect like Him. ¡§Be holy, because I am holy.¡¨ (1 Peter 1:16) ¡§Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly father is perfect.¡¨ (Matthew 5:48)
With regard to becoming the perfect man (blameless), Noah (Genesis 6:9), Abraham (Genesis 17:1) and David (2 Samuel 22:24) all left us their splendid testimonies. Although not totally free from wrongdoing, they still resolved before God to act with a righteous and perfect heart. Their testimonies all share the following commonalities:
1. Their relationships with God were that of good friends, with a deep, binding camaraderie. They and the Lord could mutually communicate, and God revealed to them His purpose and plan. Noah walked with God (Genesis 6:9), and the Lord told him that humankind would be extinguished by a great flood and instructed him to build an ark in order to preserve his life. When God was about to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, He said, ¡§Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?¡¨ (Genesis 18:17) David was a man after God¡¦s own heart. The Lord chose him to be King of Israel, and divulged to him the details of the plan to build the Holy Temple. (1 Chronicle 28:19)
2. They all have their own spiritual life¡¦s goals. Noah feared God, and preached righteousness through faith (2 Peter 2:5), admonishing people to repent and return to God. He spent 120 years to prepare the ark, thereby saving his own life. God promise to bestow land to Abraham, yet he lived all his life in tents as a sojourner. Through faith, he looked forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God (Hebrews 11:10). That heavenly inheritance became his ultimate goal. After he was crowned king, David ardently sought a dwelling for the Lord, and amassed much provision for the Holy Temple.
3. They all willingly submitted to the will of God, and lived their lives according to His word. God commanded Noah to construct an ark whose size was without precedent, and he obeyed. ¡§Noah did everything just as God commanded him.¡¨ (Genesis 6:22) God commanded Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering. So early in the morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. When he had cut enough wood, he set out with his son for the place God had told him about (Genesis 22:3). In his old age, David composed a psalm declaring that he had become a perfect man before God, keeping himself far from sin (2 Samuel 22:24).
4. Because they were willing to become perfect men before God, maintained a close relationship with Him as friends, followed the Lord¡¦s will all their lives, and trusted and obeyed Him, God made everlasting covenants with them, bestowing great blessings upon them, and revealing to them the intent of His salvation so that others would be blessed on their account. God used the rainbow as a sign, establishing an everlasting covenant of preservation with Noah and all living creatures (Genesis 9:12-17). He also blessed Noah and his descendants so that they would be fruitful and multiple on the earth. God employed circumcision as a symbol of everlasting covenant on the flesh of Abraham and his descendants (Genesis 17:13). He gave a promissory undertaking to Abraham to be their God Himself and take them to be His people. God made an everlasting covenant with David to establish his kingdom (2 Samuel 23:5), promising to be with him, eliminate all his enemies, make his name well known, establish his household, and secure his throne forever (2 Samuel 7:11-13).
I hope that our brothers and sisters will also share the aspirations of these three spiritually great men, learn to be perfect men before God so that the grace and glory of God will be manifested, cause others to be blessed.
By: Daniel To