Seek after Perfection
Ten (10) is One of the Perfect Numbers in the Holy Bible
From the earliest time in history when man began to count with the fingers on both hands ten (10) was considered the perfect numbering system. When God made a covenant with Israel He gave them the Moral Law consisting of the Ten Commandments which is the standard by which mankind will be judged (Ex. 34:28; Ecc. 12:13-14; Mt. 19:16-19). “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;” (Psm. 19:7)
Ten Points in 1+2+3+4 series form an Equilateral Triangle
The decimal system of ten (10) digits has become the universal system of counting and measurement. A Greek mathematician named Pythagoras discovered that when ten dots are placed in a series of 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 one on top of the other a perfect equilateral triangle is formed.
Three (3) is also one of the Perfect Numbers in the Holy Bible
God is perfect. He manifested Himself as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God created man in His own perfect image of Spirit, Soul and Body.
Today is a very special day because it has a perfect date. 10-10-10
We shall be Perfect just as our Heavenly Father is Perfect
There are two occasions in which the Lord Jesus Christ taught about perfection. The first one occurred in the Sermon on the Mount when the Lord Jesus Christ exhorted the people, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Mt. 5:48)
"You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Mt. 5:43-48)
Perfection, according to the Lord Jesus Christ, is to “love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” This is not the normal reaction of a natural person, but it is “agape” love that comes from God.
Our Lord Jesus Christ was abused and beaten by His enemies but He prayed for them. “And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." And they divided His garments and cast lots.” (Lk. 23:33-34)
“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: "Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth"; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;” (1 Pet. 2:21-23)
Sell Posessions and Distribute to the Poor for Perfection
At another time a rich young ruler asked the Lord Jesus Christ, “What good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” The Lord’s answer is, “If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” The young man indicated he had kept the commandments from his youth. Then he asked, “What do I still lack?” “Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” (Mt. 19:21-22)
Perfection is not an Easy Goal to attain but we must seek it
The apostle Paul wrote: “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:12-14)
Perfection is not an easy goal to attain but with God’s guidance and strength given by the Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit we can reach it (Phil. 4:13)
Sermon preached on 10-10-10
This Article is based on the Sermon preached by Arkwriter to a Congregation in Houston, Texas during the Evangelical and Spiritual Convocation on October 10, 2010.
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