The perfectness of the Word of God

(Part of the series “The Law of Liberty.” #3 of the 7 Truths about James 1:25)

 Text: James 1:25

 What does the word “Perfect” mean?

Definition (Noah Webster’s Dictionary): Brought to consummation or completeness; completed; neither defective nor redundant; having all the properties or qualities requisite (necessary) to its nature and kind; without flaw, fault, or blemish; without error; mature; whole; pure; sound; right; correct. Well informed; certain; sure.

 The word of God is perfect. The word of God is complete. It is without any defects. The word of God is flawless, without fault, or blemish. The word of God can be trusted.  The scripture is God’s mind explained to men. The bible is the perfect manual for living. The word of God is the wisdom of God. The word of God is the inspiration of God. The bible says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

The word of God is truth, and the reactions of ungodly men against the word of God confirm it. The word of God creates conviction. The word of God exposes evil. The word of God births in you a love for truth and a hatred for error.

The bible contains, 1,861 chapters, 31, 101 verses, about 800,000 words, and 8,810 promises. It was written over 1600 year- period by 40 authors who are inspired by God. It takes about 56 hours to read it through.

Three truths about the perfection of the Word of God:

  1. It makes us the righteousness of God. Remember, the word of God is Jesus Christ (John 1:1-3: 14). The perfection of the Lord of Jesus is imputed unto man at new birth. The imperfection (unrighteousness) of the world was cast on Him at Calvary, so that His perfection (righteousness) could become ours (2 Corinthians 5:21). You become faultless, having been washed with the blood of Christ by the Holy Spirit. (Titus 3:5-60).
  2.  It frees us from condemnation (Romans 8:1-4). Condemnation is a different seed than conviction. Conviction is of the Holy Spirit. Condemnation is of the devil. The purpose of condemnation is isolation, then ultimately destruction, while the intention of conviction is restoration. Conviction is divine strategy to draw back into intimacy with God. Whereas condemnation is a satanic strategy to destroy your confidence to approach your heavenly father.

In verse 3, the perfection of Jesus destroyed the condemnation of the Law. Jesus fulfilled the righteous requirement of the law (Love was the righteous requirement) on our behalf, so that we could be free from the curse of the law (Colossians 3:13), and be drawn back to God. Hebrews 7:18-19, For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, 19 for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

The perfection of Jesus has been imputed through faith in Him there is no more condemnation. The law of the Spirit of life has made us free from the condemnation of the law of sins and death. The bible says, “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”  The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).

3.  It brings us into His love (John 3:16).  God is love. The bible says in Romans 5:8 that, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  1 John 3:1 says, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”

  • God’s perfect love casts away our fear. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.  We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:18). Fear is one of the most effective weapons in the hands of the devil against believers. Fear is of the devil. Love is of God..
  • God’s perfect love transforms us from the dominion of darkness into the kingdom of His dear Son (Colossians 1:13).
  • God’s perfect love qualifies us for His divine inheritance, Ephesians 1:11 says, In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,”
  • We become partakers of His divine nature by the flawlessness of His grace, “as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:3-4).

Now, the purpose of the love of God towards us (His mercy), is so that we enter into grace where the nature of God begin to grow on the inside us. And what is the nature of God? The nature of God is love.

Hence, it becomes our duty to love God and love others. The bible says, “For Christ’s love compels us…” (2 Corinthians 5:14). Love is the only duty of man. That is why Jesus condensed the entire laws in one sentence, “Love God and love others”,

How do we love God? We demonstrate our love for God by obeying His instructions. Obedience is the only proof of love. God measures your love for Him by your obedience. Jesus says in John 14:15 “”If you love Me, keep My commandments.” The only thing God requires of man is obedience. 1 John 5:3 says, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”

In John 15:10, the bible says, “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.”. 

 Conclusion

The flawlessness, perfection, completeness, and righteousness Jesus, who is the word of God, makes us the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Likewise, the perfect love, who is the Word of God, has rescued us from condemnation. We can now approach the throne of grace with confidence, (Hebrews 4:16). The power of the law of sin and death has been destroyed (1 John 3:8). Fear has no hold on us anymore.

Lastly, the perfectness of the word of God draws us into his divine nature, which is love. The completeness of God makes us complete in Him. We have been perfected in Him by His love for us. Love is the completion of the law. Obedience is the proof of our love. Obedience is the key that unlocks divine favour. Have you been blessed by His Word this morning? Halleluiah!

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