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

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable perfect will of God.  (Romans 12:1-2, emphasis added)

Though I would love to expound on one of my favorite passages the goal of this blog series is to focus on the Biblical concept of perfection, the teleios, of Scripture.  How is teleios used in this passage?  It, as an adjective, describes the will of God.  God’s will for us is perfect; a will that lacks nothing else as necessary to bring to completeness or maturity.  Is it not reassuring that God’s desire for you is perfect?  What more could we want?

Not only is the will of God perfect for you, the passage clearly instructs us to the fact that we can discern (prove) what that will is.  We can allow the Spirit to work in three areas of or life: (1) present or lives as a living sacrifice; (2) by not conforming to the evil system of the world; and (3) being transformed by renewing the mind.  The work of sanctification will accomplish these three parts of or growth and road towards knowing the will of God.

That is my prayer and I hope my blogs help both you and I in our journey to Christian maturity, the teleios of Scripture.

 

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