Consecration: A Path To Perfection
Let us be plain
, for those who think perfection is not achievable in this life perhaps they should understand that perfection and consecration is one and the same in concept. We are not our own to do with our lives as we choose but are in fact paid for by the blood of Christ and what He asks in return is that we submit to the baptism of water and of fire or the spirit and give ourselves over to him so that he can heal us and protect us but if we will not be gathered or will not accept the gifts of the spirit then he can do nothing to perfect us as individuals. The core aspect to the orthodoxy of his gospel is the clear path by which Christ through his prophets has provided a way by which we can know how to consecrate our actions and our hearts and thus be perfected and made of one heart and one mind or to be a people at rest in Zion.
There is too much to do, however at the present for us to say that Zion prospers because it doesn’t. The world nor the people in it understand what is required of them, mostly because they don’t want to know. It seems safe for them to say that what he has asked of them isn’t possible. Thy turn aside the need for priesthood and don’t care to seek sound doctrine or how to approach Him in truth and seek for the blessings of the temple of God but would rather say that anything that requires action or effort on their part to be something that became unnecessary because of the atonement but that isn’t true.
The scriptures that I shall place here after will show themselves to be book ends to each other and will stretch from well before the birth of Christ to well after it in a string of scripture to prove that perfection is not only a request that Christ made but an absolute requirement and that the type and shadow of the blood consecrations or sacrifices of the old testament are but foreshadows and emblems of the spiritual consecration that the Lord has always asked of his people or those who would be called his.
This process of Consecration is a perfecting process of obedience and faith that is not in and of itself saving but the ground of a path by which all might claim the grace of God or that of his Son. Even as we fall short we may yet be saved if we consecrate ourselves to the will of the Son and see the world as he sees it and the need for Good works as a sign of our faith and a way to bring his children or the works of his hands to him. If we will do this, we are his and one with him even as he is one with the Father. “Be ye therefore Perfect,”
9 And thou shalt agird them with girdles, Aaron and his sons, and bput the bonnets on them: and the cpriest’s office shall be theirs for a perpetualdstatute: and thou shalt econsecrate Aaron and his sons.
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22 Also thou shalt take of the ram the fat and the arump, and the fat that covereth the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, and the right bshoulder; for it is a ram of consecration:
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26 And thou shalt take the breast of the ram of Aaron’s consecration, and wave it for a awave offering before the Lord: and it shall be thy part.
27 And thou shalt sanctify the breast of the wave offering, and the shoulder of the aheave offering, which is bwaved, and which is cheaved up, of the ram of the consecration, even of that which is for Aaron, and of that which is for his sons:
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31 ¶ And thou shalt take the ram of the consecration, and aseethe his flesh in the holy place.
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34 And if ought of the flesh of the consecrations, or of the bread, remain unto the morning, then thou shalt burn the remainder with fire: it shall not be eaten, because it is holy.
22 ¶ And he brought the other aram, the ram of consecration: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the ram.
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28 And Moses took them from off their hands, and burnt them on the altar upon the burnt offering: they were consecrations for a sweet savour: it isan offering made by fire unto the Lord.
29 And Moses took the breast, and waved it for a wave offering before the Lord: for of the ram of consecration it was Moses’ part; as the Lordcommanded Moses.
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31 ¶ And Moses said unto Aaron and to his sons, aBoil the flesh at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and there eat it with the bread thatis in the basket of consecrations, as I commanded, saying, Aaron and his sons shall eat it.
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7 He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head.
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9 And if any man die very suddenly by him, and he hath defiled the head of his consecration; then he shall shave his head in the day of his cleansing, on the aseventh day shall he shave it.
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12 And he shall consecrate unto the Lord the days of his separation, and shall bring a lamb of the first year for a trespass offering: but the days that were before shall be lost, because his separation was defiled.
3 And thou shalt speak unto all that are awise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of bwisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments toconsecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
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12 And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.
31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, Now ye have consecrated yourselves unto the Lord, come near and bring sacrifices and athank offerings into the house of the Lord. And the congregation brought in sacrifices and thank offerings; and as many as were of a bfree heart burnt offerings.
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33 And the consecrated things were six hundred oxen and three thousand sheep.
6. Ex. 30: 30
30 And thou shalt aanoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.
7. Ex. 32: 29
8. Lev. 7: 37
37 This is the law of the burnt offering, of the meat offering, and of the sin offering, and of the trespass offering, and of the consecrations, and of the sacrifice of the peace offerings;
9. Lev. 16: 32
32 And the apriest, whom he shall banoint, and whom he shall cconsecrate to minister in the priest’s office in his father’s stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments:
10. Lev. 21: 10
10 And he that is the ahigh priest among his brethren, upon whose head the banointing oil was poured, and cthat is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes;
11. Num. 3: 3
12. Josh. 6: 19
19 But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the Lord: they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.
13. 1 Kgs. 13: 33
33 ¶ After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places.
14. 1 Chr. 29: 5
5 The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the Lord?
15. 2 Chr. 13: 9
9 Have ye not acast out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and have made you priests after the manner of the nations ofother lands? so that whosoever cometh to consecrate himself with a young bbullock and seven rams, the same may be a priest of them that are no gods.
16. 2 Chr. 26: 18
18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It aappertaineth bnot unto thee, Uzziah, to cburn incense unto the Lord, but to the priests the sons of dAaron, that are consecrated to burn eincense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the Lord God.
17. 2 Chr. 31: 6
6 And concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of holy things which were consecrated unto the Lord their God, and laid them by heaps.
18. Ezra 3: 5
5 And afterward offered the continual burnt offering, both of the new moons, and of all the set afeasts of the Lord that were consecrated, and of every one that bwillingly offered a freewill offering unto the Lord.
19. Ezek. 43: 26
26 Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves.
20. Micah 4: 13
13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt abeat in pieces many people: and I will bconsecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
1. Heb. 7: 28
2. Heb. 10: 20
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the aveil, that is to say, his flesh;
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be aperfect and entire, wanting nothing.
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17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he ais, so are we in this world.
15 Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, aor ever he come near, are ready to kill him.
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20 And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly.
9 For we are glad, when we are aweak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.
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15 Let us therefore, as many as be aperfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
11 If therefore aperfection were by the bLevitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
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1 For the alaw having a bshadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offeredcyear by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
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14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
10. Matt. 5: 48
11. Matt. 14: 36
12. Matt. 19: 21
13. Matt. 21: 16
16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
14. Luke 1: 3
3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent aTheophilus,
15. Luke 6: 40
40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one athat is perfect shall be as his master.
16. Luke 8: 14
17. Luke 13: 32
32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall beaperfected.
18. John 17: 23
19. Acts 3: 16
20. Acts 18: 26
26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
21. Acts 22: 3
3 I am verily a man which am a aJew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the bfeet of cGamaliel, and taught according to theperfect manner of the dlaw of the fathers, and was ezealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
22. Acts 24: 22
22 And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When aLysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter.
23. Rom. 12: 2
24. 1 Cor. 1: 10
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no adivisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same bmind and in the same judgment.
25. 1 Cor. 2: 6
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are aperfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
26. 1 Cor. 13: 10
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
27. 2 Cor. 7: 1
28. 2 Cor. 12: 9
9 And he said unto me, My agrace is sufficient for thee: for my bstrength is made perfect in cweakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may drest upon me.
29. Gal. 3: 3
3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
30. Col. 1: 28
31. Col. 3: 14
14 And above all these things put on acharity, which is the bond of perfectness.
32. Col. 4: 12
12 aEpaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
33. 1 Thes. 3: 10
34. 1 Thes. 5: 2
35. 2 Tim. 3: 17
36. Heb. 2: 10
37. Heb. 5: 9
38. Heb. 6: 1
39. Heb. 11: 40
40. Heb. 12: 23
41. Heb. 13: 21
42. James 2: 22
43. James 3: 2
44. 1 Pet. 5: 10
45. 1 Jn. 2: 5
46. Rev. 3: 2
2 aBe watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
1. Job 9: 20-22
20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
21 Though I were perfect, ayet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.
22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He adestroyeth the perfect and the wicked.
2 I will behave myself awisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
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3 And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord God; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I am of perfect abeauty.
4 Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, thy builders have perfected thy beauty.
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11 The men of Arvad with thine army were upon thy walls round about, and the Gammadims were in thy towers: they hanged their shields upon thy walls round about; they have made thy beauty perfect.
4. Deut. 25: 15
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3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, aas the heart of David his father.
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14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was aperfect with the Lord all his days.
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19 And give unto Solomon my son a perfect aheart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision.
8. Job 1: 1, 8
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8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my aservant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
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32 It is aGod that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
10. Ezek. 28: 12, 15
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15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
11. Gen. 6: 9
12. Gen. 17: 1
13. Lev. 22: 21
21 And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the Lord to accomplish his avow, or a freewill offering in beeves or sheep, bit shall beperfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein.
14. Deut. 18: 13
13 Thou shalt be aperfect with the Lord thy God.
15. Deut. 32: 4
16. 1 Sam. 14: 41
41 Therefore Saul said unto the Lord God of Israel, aGive a perfect lot. And Saul and Jonathan were taken: but the people escaped.
17. 1 Kgs. 8: 61
18. 1 Kgs. 11: 4
19. 2 Kgs. 20: 3
3 I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
20. 1 Chr. 12: 38
38 All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israelwere of one heart to make David king.
21. 1 Chr. 28: 9
9 ¶ And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a aperfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lordbsearcheth all hearts, and cunderstandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou dseek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
22. 2 Chr. 4: 21
21 And the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, made he of gold, and that perfect gold;
23. 2 Chr. 8: 16
24. 2 Chr. 15: 17
17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.
25. 2 Chr. 16: 9
9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
26. 2 Chr. 19: 9
9 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the afear of the Lord, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.
27. 2 Chr. 24: 13
13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it.
28. 2 Chr. 25: 2
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, but not awith a perfect heart.
29. Ezra 7: 12
12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time.
30. Job 2: 3
3 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a aperfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and bescheweth evil? and still he choldeth fast his dintegrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
31. Job 8: 20
20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:
32. Job 11: 7
7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
33. Job 15: 29
29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.
34. Job 22: 3
35. Job 28: 3
3 He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.
36. Job 36: 4
4 For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.
37. Job 37: 16
16 Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in aknowledge?
38. Ps. 19: 7
39. Ps. 37: 37
40. Ps. 50: 2
41. Ps. 64: 4
4 That they may ashoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
42. Ps. 119: 96
96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
43. Ps. 138: 8
44. Ps. 139: 22
22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
45. Prov. 2: 21
21 For the aupright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
46. Prov. 4: 18
47. Prov. 11: 5
48. Isa. 18: 5
5 For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches.
49. Isa. 26: 3
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect apeace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
50. Isa. 38: 3
3 And said, Remember now, O Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which isgood in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.