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Let us go on to Perfection

"Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ,

let us go on to perfection, not laying again

the foundation of repentance from dead works

and of faith toward God,

of the teaching of immersions, of laying on of hands,

of resurrection of the dead and of eternal judgment.

And this we will do if God permits," Hebrews 6'1-3.


The leading remark that begins this statement on the understandings that make up a Believer's foundation, "... let us go on to perfection ...", is often misunderstood and misrepresented as a call to work towards becoming perfect.

And whenever the topic of perfection comes up among Believers there are comments like "No-one is perfect" and "We're not meant to be perfect".

The thinking is that for someone alive today perfection is impossible. So is the writer of the letter to the Hebrew Believers really urging them to somehow strive for it?

By misreading the context some suggest that Believers should achieve it by working at it (and more so when "perfection" is presented as meaning "maturity").

This natural way of thinking hinders Believers from receiving understandings from the word of Christ.

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However, the declaration that spirits of just men have been made perfect (justified and perfected) is one reference that corrects this "usual" thinking. And it is set among some other glorious words:

"... you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God,

the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,

to the general assembly and Called-Out Ones of the firstborn

who are registered in heaven,

to God the Judge of all,

to the spirits of just men made perfect,

to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant,"

Hebrews 12'22-24.

Another example is Hebrews 10'14:

"For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified".

The understanding is that Lord has achieved perfection on behalf of His People. He has perfected us forever! All we are called to do is accept it!

("Being sanctified" is considered later in this article.) 

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To understand going on to "perfection" a crucial often-ignored phrase must be considered. It is this: "And this we will do if God permits". (More next.)