“Be you, therefore, perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48.
“As Christians, we have pledged ourselves to realize and fulfill our responsibilities, and to show to the world that we have a close connection with God. Thus, through the godly words and works of His disciples, Christ is to be represented.
God demands of us perfect obedience to His law – the expression of His character. “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31). This law is the echo of God’s voice, saying to us, “Holier, yes, holier still.”
Desire the fullness of the grace of Christ; yea, long – hunger and thirst – after righteousness. The promise is, “Ye shall be filled.” Let your heart be filled with an intense longing for this righteousness, the work of which God’s Word declares is peace, and its effect, quietness and assurance forever.
It is our privilege to be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. God has plainly stated that He requires us to be perfect; and because He requires this, He has made provision that we may be partakers of the divine nature. Only thus can we gain success in our striving for eternal life. The power is given by Christ. “As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God” (John 1:12).” –The Upward Look, p. 284.
Questions to think about:
Do you and I hear the echo of God’s voice?
Am I filled with the Holy Spirit?
How can we help our brethren to become partakers of the divine nature?