“Therefore be perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect.”
Modern reply? “But if we can be perfect, we don’t need you, Jesus!”
How many times have we heard the following:
“If we can be perfect, we don’t need Jesus!”
So does this person believe he needs Christ so that he does NOT have to be perfect?
Automatically people think of ‘sinless perfectionism’ rather than doing the commands that came before it. (Read all of Matthew 5) The chapter had nothing to do with sinless perfectionism, but how we are treat others, even our enemies, and the way we treat others really falls short sometimes.
The passages do not speak of ‘sinless perfectionism’. However, following and doing what Jesus says will keep us from sinning.
But let’s look at the person’s comment again, “If we can be perfect, we don’t need Jesus!” I’m sure this person would not assume that we have to continue sinning when we get to heaven. Would that mean we won’t need the Lord anymore? If attaining perfection implied that Christ was no longer needed, this would be the case. But this is not worthy of discussion.
In opposition to what the person has stated, if we obey Jesus’ commands, does this mean we don’t need him anymore? The person believes he needs Christ so that he does not have to be perfect. The truth is, we need Christ so we CAN be perfect. If we are obeying his commands, we are abiding in him.
“And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says ‘I know him’ but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” (1 John 2:3-6)