Perfect Likeness

As for God, His way is perfect . . .”— 2 Samuel 22:31 (NKJV)

If you were to consult the Oxford English Dictionary, you would find the following definitions for the word perfect: free from any flaw or defect in condition or quality; as good as it is possible to be; having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; precisely accurate; exact. Okay, you get the idea!

These definitions and descriptions are converging on the concept of something completely absent of fault or flaw, utterly unfallen and unblemished by the sin that has marked all creation ever since the Garden of Eden. This ideal exists, not in the creation, but in the Creator who is over it. In other words, God is perfect and presides over an imperfect creation, including us!

Of course, this isn’t breaking news. As we see in the verse above, David declared God’s perfection roughly 3,000 years ago. He’s not alone. The Scriptures are replete with pronouncements of God’s perfection, both explicit and implicit. In every possible way, our God is, as Oxford puts it, “as good as it is possible to be”!

I think we’re all good up to that point, but then we come to something Jesus says in His Sermon on the Mount: “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48 NKJV).

Hang on! We get that our Heavenly Father is perfect, but it’s the proceeding command for us to be perfect just like Him . . . that’s another story! Given the fact that we’re players in a corrupted creation, how on earth are we supposed to be perfect like God?

This question opens us up to one of the most amazing spiritual truths, which is that once we place our faith in Jesus Christ, we become sons and daughters of God. And at this point, He begins a work of perfecting us through His Spirit who transforms us from within. Year by year, day by day, hour by hour, second by second, our imperfect lives are being progressively shaped and molded into the perfect likeness of our Lord (Romans 8:29). 

Yes, we’re commanded to be perfect. But the perfect one is the One who is ultimately perfecting us. He can because He’s, well, perfect! And He will continue to do so until the glorious moment when we stand perfected in His presence. 

We know that when He appears, we will be like Him . . .”—1 John 3:2 (NASB)

DIG: How does perfection apply to God?

DISCOVER: How does God’s perfection apply to His children?

DISPLAY: How is this truth being demonstrated in your personal life?    

About the Author

Pastor Dan Hickling

Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.