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Have you ever had “The Perfect Cup of Coffee?” If you are a coffee drinker you know what I’m talking about. If you aren’t just think of another drink maybe “The Perfect Lemonade or Tea.” What I am getting at is why do we call it perfect? Is it because it is in a certain size or color cup? No. It is because the liquid in the cup is perfectly satisfying the need you have isn’t it?

Throughout the Bible we are reading about a perfect God who made a perfect creation. Of course we know when Adam joined the serpent (devil) in his disobedience it caused things to tilt. We read of thorns and thistles, disease and death coming in and it disrupted the perfection for a time. This is why the Bible tells us “The whole creation groans and travails in pain.” “The earnest expectation of the creature (creation) waits for the sons of God to be revealed.” Everything this perfect God created is longing for the perfection to be restored.

We don’t have a problem with a perfect God that demands perfection of his creation do we? I mean it is only right that a perfect God require perfection of his creation. The problem comes in when we are trying to achieve that perfection in a self-effort sort of way.

When Moses told the Children of Israel what God had said their response was “All that the Lord has said we will do.” The Children of Israel were no different than we are. They were so deceived they thought they could actually keep God’s commands. God of course wasn’t fooled he knew all along we couldn’t keep his commandments after all his commandments require perfection.

If we look in the New Testament we will see Jesus agreed wholeheartedly with Moses and God’s commands. He said, “Be ye perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” This is what the Law is all about isn’t it? God demands perfection of us and rightly so. The real issue is can this be met and how?

As we read through the letter Paul wrote to the Romans you will discover keeping the Law, in the flesh or human independence, is impossible. “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” In the flesh simply means in our own human energy or without the Spirit of God. Trying to obey the Law of God is impossible to accomplish. Paul walks us through what that looks like in Romans 7. There we see how no matter how much one might want to please God the flesh itself cannot. Perfection can never be gained through trying harder. Learning to walk in the Spirit is the only way and it is available.

Paul tells us “In my flesh dwells no good thing.” The flesh isn’t in itself good or evil it is just incapable of pleasing God. The ultimate answer to our dilemma isn’t training our flesh it is walking in the Spirit. Our flesh isn’t ever going to please God because human self-effort cannot accomplish God’s goals. This is exactly why Jesus, the Son of God, came here in “the likeness of sinful flesh. He came to condemn sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Wow! So God requires perfection from us that we can’t possibly achieve, and yet he sent his very own Son here to do it for and through us! In other words the Lawgiver is now the Law keeper in us the Law breaker.

Photo illustration by Tracey Lewis

Let’s look back now at that perfect cup of coffee. If we humans are meant to be the cup and Christ in us is the perfect coffee are we not perfect? The form, color, size or age of the cup isn’t really the point is it? If Jesus Christ has taken up residence within your vessel you have been made perfect.

Hebrews 10:14 “For by one offering he has perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” KJV

Written by Louie


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