Be Perfect
2 Corinthians 13





Be Perfect, 2 Corinthians 13. How can we possibly be obedient to the commands given by the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul? We have the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ who was willing to shed His own blood on our behalf.




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Finally, brethren, Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

II Corinthians 13:11 & 14, KJV





Be Perfect
2 Corinthians 13



In this last chapter of 2 Corinthians, Paul gives two benedictions. Within these two benedictions Paul gives a command to the Corinthian believers, and then shows the source of obedience to those commands.



The command: Perfection, Comfort, Unity and Peace.



Life would be much simpler if perfection were possible, if we would be a comfort to others, if we would live in unity with fellow believers, and if we would live in peace with one another. We know that our fellow Christian believers are the most precious friends we have, but because the sin nature dwells within us, conflicts still do arise. Many times, it seems as though churches have a more difficult time than do non-religious organizations.



Where, then, is the answer? How can we possibly be obedient to the commands given by the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul? Look at the second benediction in verse 14.



The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.



The answer is: we are not left to ourselves to try to live a Godly life in our own power. We have the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ who was willing to shed His own blood on our behalf. We have the love of an all-powerful and all-knowing God who leads and guides us every step of our journey here on earth. Last of all, we have the indwelling Holy Spirit who guides us and helps us to understand the Word of God and its application to our day-to-day life.



What an amazing God we have? He not only saves us, but He keeps us until that final day when we go to be with the Lord and live with Him forever.


God does not expect perfection on this earth--it is not a criteria for His love and grace to be granted to us. Perfection will come, however, when we leave this earth and leave our sinful bodies behind. What an amazing future we have to look forward to. Let us not be too consumed by the things of this earth, for this earth will pass away and all things will be made new!



Finally, brethren, Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. . . . The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.







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