Let us come back again to our main verse
Perfect Nature And Perfect Action
There are many things that can be said are perfect about a man or a woman. Perhaps they have a perfect appearance (whatever that is). Perhaps they have a perfect intelligence. Yet the more we talk about this word perfect, we realize that we only use it as a superlative, an exaggeration. We use it all the time but only as a wish, as a defiant declaration. If you look close enough, flaws begin to manifest in that very thing just declared to be perfect. So for the Bible to say that Jesus was made perfect is even more ridiculous and impossible. Is the Bible claiming that by some process, Jesus became flawless?
Well, not quite. Our definition of perfect and God’s definition of perfect are not the same. We define perfection as the absence of visible flaws. Should flaws ever be revealed, we can now say that the object was imperfect. Because of the fall, we can only define perfection out of a knowledge of good and evil (see Creation and Fall, Temptation by Bonhoeffer).
Christ had a perfect Nature. He was not born with Adam as a father and so He did not inherit Adam’s prideful opposition to God
Love And Basketball
Let us look at this a different way. Let us assume that Michael Jordan is the perfect basketball player. He had the perfect body, coordination, strength, speed and even a perfect desire to play the game. Yet we could not call him a perfect basketball player till we actually watch him play the game. Even though he has the perfect nature for basketball, he still has to go out and play. He still has to win the game by shooting the basketball at the right time and in the right way to get the ball into the basket.
Biblically speaking, the only game in life is to walk before God. Jesus was Perfect in Nature but as we have said before, we live in time and space. Because we are in space, there is a possibility of **not** being in the Presence of God. Because we live in time, there is a possibility of beginning in His Presence and yet ending by walking away from Him. As creatures of God, we are all born to walk before God. Yet as children of Adam, we are born with a desire to walk away from God. Jesus was perfect then not only because He had the Nature which is a perfect desire to walk before God
So to summarize, perfection is the relationship, the union of perfect nature and perfect action. A perfect nature desires to walk before God and a perfect action is the fulfillment of this desire. By being born of Adam, we desire to rebel against God. Yet we cannot blame Adam for our choice to actually walk away from His Presence. Jesus desired to obey God and He also actually obeyed the commandment God spoke to Him while He was still in Abraham. “Walk before me and be perfect.” Jesus always walked before God and therefore He also had the second aspect necessary for perfection: perfect action.
The Person Of Jesus
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What then are the components of the law? Roughly speaking, The Ten Commandments define the boundaries of Eden. That is, these commands define and make right an individual’s relationship with God and an individual’s relationship with other people. When these relationships are unified, we have something called a person. Yes yes, I know. Maybe you have a sudden urge to reread the paragraph from the beginning cause you’re wondering what I just said. You may have never head this before and I could be hijacking a word for my own purposes but it makes sense to me. So I’ll say it again. You cannot define a person directly (just try it for yourself). A person is the intersection (think Venn Diagram) of his relationship with God and his relationship with other people. Being a right(eous) person is about having the right relationship with God and having the right relationship with other people. To go even further, you cannot really be yourself when there is an absence or deficiency in either of these two relationships. Therefore, the Ten Commandments are not God’s way of restraining us. They are God’s way of shaping us into the perfect persons.
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