Sinless Perfection?

By: Woody Godbey

A friend and I were talking about a sermon that was saying we could reach sinless perfection in our present state or in these bodies.  I believe there may be some well-meaning preachers who preach this doctrine who have read the Scriptures without studying the Scriptures.  I want to look at a few of those confusing passages and hopefully make it clear that there is no sinless perfection in this life.

The first is Ephesian 4:13 which tell us that spiritual gifts are given to every Christian for building up the body of Christ.  It goes on to say, "till we all come in unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ."

Did you notice the word PERFECT?  The Greek word is teleios and it is used in the New Testament to mean perfect, complete, mature and full grown. When you read Ephesians 4:13 in context, it is saying that the more mature we are in Christ, the stronger and more unified we will become as a church.  No hint here that we will reach sinless perfection.

In Colossians 1:28, Paul says, "that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus."  Also in Colossians we look at chapter 4 verse 12 Paul says, "that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God."  In both of these passages of Scripture PERFECT should be translated MATURE or FULL GROWN.

It started in Eden and it won't end until this corruptible puts on incorruption and this mortal puts on immortality.  This will not take place until the RAPTURE.  I'm not preaching easy believism.  We should always strive to be perfect but the truth is, we are still bound in these bodies with the curse of Adam.  What did Paul say about himself?  That he was the chief of sinners. 

1 John 1: 8-10, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."  

Take a minute to read Galatians 2:11-13 where the Apostle Paul rebuked Peter for his hypocrisy.  If any man on this earth says that he is perfect and without sin, he is a liar and lying is a sin. 

I do not use GRACE and MERCY as a crutch for my sins.  I confess my sins and thank the Lord daily for His LOVE, MERCY, GRACE, FORGIVENESS, PATIENCE AND LONGSUFFERING.  May we always strive to be perfect but we will sin and when we do, confess it, accept God's forgiveness and ask God's help to grow past any habitual sin.  God Bless!