Excerpt From God’s Gift of Perfection Series
Chapter 22—Part 2
…Therefore it became God—It was proper and needful if He was to be the Leader of our salvation—that God should make Him perfect through suffering.
In His own person He was to conquer sin. He was to develop and bring to perfection a real human life, sacrificing everything that men hold dear—willing to give up even life itself, in surrender to God’s will—proving that it is the meat, the very life of man’s spirit, to do God’s will.
This was the perfection with which Christ was perfected as our High Priest, who brings us back to God. This was the meaning and the value of His sacrifice, that "one offering"’ by which "He has perfected forever them that are sanctified." In the same sacrifice in which He was perfected, He perfected us. As the second Adam, He made us partakers of His own perfection. Just as Adam in his death corrupted us and our nature forevermore, so Christ, in His death, in which He Himself was perfected, perfected us and our nature forevermore. He has brought about a new, perfect nature for us, a new life. With Him we died unto sin; in Him we live unto God.
And how do we become partakers of this perfection with which Christ has perfected us? First of all, the conscience is perfected so that we have no more conscience of sin, and enter boldly into the Holiest, the Presence of God. The consciousness of a perfect redemption possesses and fills the soul. And then, as we abide in this, God Himself perfects us in every good thing, to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ. Through Christ—the High Priest in the power of the endless life—there comes to us in a constant stream from on high, the power of the heavenly life. So that day by day we may present ourselves perfect in Christ Jesus.
Truly there are Christians who seek to dwell in the Divine perfection of which the Epistle to the Hebrews speaks. These believers hold fellowship with Him who in such intense human reality was perfected through suffering and obedience. They turn in faith to Him who has perfected us. They look to Him to communicate His perfection to us each day as we practice walking in His footsteps. These believers may most surely count that He Himself will lead them into the promised inheritance of perfection.
Previously Christ Perfected Us—Part 1