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On to Perfection?

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"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 doctrine 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.

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"... 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.

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ON TO PERFECTION?

Does our heavenly Father call on His Children to "go on to perfection", meaning to work at themselves to  be perfect? Is it part of laying the foundation in Christ?

When the topic of perfection comes up among Believers remarks like "No-one is perfect" and "We're not meant to be perfect" are among similar ones heard.

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

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

Misreading the phrase "let us go on to perfection" makes it suggest that Believers should strive at gaining it themselves.

However, the declaration of "spirits of just men made perfect" (justified and perfected), in the verses above, is one reference that revises the "usual" thinking.

Another is Hebrews 10'14:

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

The Lord has achieved perfection on behalf of His People. He has perfected us forever! As Believers all we are called to do is receive it!

(The aspect referred to in this verse, that Believers are "being sanctified", is dealt with later.)

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