Perfection Perfected

Today's Bible reading: 1 Peter 1:3-12


In Christ we have everything – all that we could ever need.  Nothing in life or death can separate us from God’s love when we have Christ who is God-with-us.  Faith accepts God’s judgment that we are free from sin … the curse of the law … the accusations of the devil … and death itself – when we are hidden in the perfect obedience of Christ, who is our perfection.  God never gives any imperfect gift; therefore, we are God’s perfect saints now – but only in faith. As Romans 8:24 says: “For in this hope we were saved.  Now hope that is seen is not hope.  For who hopes for what he sees?  But as we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

Yet the perfection we now hold must still be perfected – this is the “not yet.”   We know we still sin … we know the reality of physical death as we stare through our tears into graves of our loved ones. The imperfection of our human existence points toward that time when God must destroy all that gets in the way of our perfect union with Him.  However, the real basis of our hope is God’s own promise through His Son.  Jesus spoke of the “mansions in heaven” - the living places - He was about to prepare for those who remained in Him.  St. Paul continually holds before us the vision of that eternal inheritance which will be ours if we suffer with our Lord.  In his letter to the Philippians, Paul writes: “Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject all things to Himself.”

The letter to the Hebrews speaks of the saints of the Old Testament whose faith was a powerful witness to the truth that all believers desire a “better country, that is a heavenly one” … while St. Peter urges those who are strangers and exiles in this world not to forget that they are God’s family destined for a perfect inheritance in heaven.

Prayer: Loving and Almighty Father, we thank You that You are in control and that we are included in Your Master Plan.  As we await Your final consummation we pray together with all Your people: “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! This is most certainly true!”; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.