Your response reads very duplicitous. @kevindpaulson, in that sinless obedience (biblical promise) aka … someone reaching “such a state” is achievable (and this is where the multilayered descriptive of “perfection” comes into play. Is it a state of “acceptance” on God’s behalf, a gift we accept (justification and/or sanctification), or some “equated grace state” because we achieve… to me they are at odds. Honor, fealty, respect, worship, admiration, come into play… perfection could ONLY be a byproduct, never a goal.
Be ye therefore … perfect to me means … whole, in commitment, purpose, motivation. I choose the leave the results with God (He is the author and finisher of my faith).
I don’t think you can have it both ways… An apple tree bears fruit BECAUSE it is an apple tree… NOT “just in order to be an apple tree”… one of the by products of a relationship with Jesus IS “assurance”… in that perfection could be a fruit (depending on how you classify “perfection”).
Also perfection is “relative”… the closer I fellowship with God, the more perfect He becomes, and the more imperfect I seem. The SDA church is very long in majoring on the minor issues and minoring on the major issues. I applaud your belief that you consider achievement “perfection worthy”… God’s blood cleanses… I cannot cleanse myself by reaching any state of partial and/or full perfection.
Since God, having provided a way in holiest, a throne of grace from which to obtain mercy, How could I continue to grow in grace and knowledge, in Him, having “achieved”.
Please spare me the “living without a mediator”… that has to do with what God is doing IN us… not what state we have achieved. I’ve been sold the “bait n switch” on that one several times…
with kind regards,