True Perfection

Posted By on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The true nature of Christian perfection is first, a fullness of self-denial.

“For if you live after the flesh, you will die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you will live.” Romans 8:13

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16

This is not the flesh putting down the flesh by austerities, fasting, and man-made denials. It is through the Spirit, taking up the cross that the Lord puts upon us, and then joyfully walking that path – enduring that which is our divinely appointed lot.

Perfect self-denial in the Spirit, ends in perfect victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil.

In the higher workings of the “Christ life,” natural law may be transcended. Paul gloried in suffering the buffetings of a messenger of Satan. Peter is said to have asked to be crucified with his head down. At the divine command, Abraham was willing to offer his own son on the altar. He was lifted into a higher realm, through his obedience, and became the “father of faith” and a friend of God.