Paul's Passing Thoughts

Matthew 5:48; Be Ye Perfect?

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 19, 2010

It goes without saying that the fashionable take on Matthew 5:48 in our day is that Jesus told his disciples to be perfect so that after trying to do what He said, they would discover that they were unable to be perfect, and it would drive them closer to Him in total dependence.

 

This is interesting since the working hermeneutic for this passage is 5:2 which says: “And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying…” The reference to Him opening His mouth, which would normally be assumed, probably hearkens back to Matthew 4:4 because Jesus was also God. But my main point is that when we are being “taught,” readily available information is assumed. In other words, Jesus didn’t say it was an experiment designed to discover other truth, He said perfection was imperative. Also, Jesus is a perfect communicator. If He wanted to say: “Go try to be perfect and see how far you get because I want to make another point,” don’t you think He could have just simply said that? Our God is not a god of confusion.

 

More than likely, a light bulb moment I had this morning offers a better suggestion. I was thinking about a sin in my life that is all but eradicated. I like that, but then I thought about how this sin gets the best of me once in awhile, say, once every several months. Is that ok, (as I was being tempted to think)? No! Why? Because: what did Jesus say in Matthew 5:48? Perfection is the standard. It begs the question: do sins creep back into our lives because we are satisfied when they are laying on the ground near death? Yes, and it’s the same reason we stay away from the magazine rack at the grocery store if pornography is a dead sin in our life; because it’s dead, perfection is the standard, and we aim to keep that sin dead.

 

When that sin is laying on the ground near death because we have deprived it of provisions, and we hear it faintly cry-out in weakness, we mercilessly put our foot on its neck and press hard, because perfection is the standard.

 

paul

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  1. tad wyoming said, on October 19, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    hear hear, bro. Way to b. But do u believe we can kill it off completely? If so,why do we have to keep. It from coming back to. Life?

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    • pauldohse said, on October 19, 2010 at 12:18 PM

      Tad, I don’t know, but the apostle Paul said to give NO “provision” to the flesh. A “provision” is nourishment. We are also to “put to death” the deeds of the flesh: “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Col. 3:5). Also, we are to “hate” what is evil and cling to what is good. I think this is an investment issue. You learn to hate something by ignoring it and not investing in it. “Where your treasure is, your heart will be also.” paul

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