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Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.  (Matthew 5:48)

A quick review for the beginning of 2017 is in order for me as I pick up this study/blog.  In Matthew 5:48 the word translated perfect is the Greek word teleios.  Remember this word does not mean sinless.  Recall the word, depending on the grammar, can mean maturity or completeness.  We also pointed out that context helps use in understanding a passage.  Because this is part of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 4 and 5) what can we conclude about to whose perfection does this refer to?  Clearly the person of Christ is the base line in the Sermon on the Mount and when we apply this command in Matthew 5:48 we are talking about the character of Christ.

As we continue to focus on the process we need to learn and apply the character of Christ.  We need to study the life of Christ in the Gospels.  We need to study the way of living the Christian life in the Epistles.

Do you want to have the character of Christ and thus be perfect?  Is this attainable?  Is this commanded?  The answer to the last two questions are YES!  The first question is a test for you and me.  What do you want to accomplish in 2017?  I want to move towards maturity.  I want to embrace the process which is the fundamental push of The Plow.