Moses and Elijah we’re translated because they were perfect reflections of Jesus? The writer still believes perfectionism.
A few weeks before Elijah was taken up, he was running in fear from Jezebel, claiming no one else stood for God but him, and asking God to take his life. His character perfection and perfect reflection must have occurred in a very tight window.
Moses was busy becoming enraged over Israel’s recalcitrance, and not listening to YHWH’s direction. He was kept out of the promised land because of it. He died not long after. I guess the Torah in between the lines reveals his character development to a perfect reflection of Jesus, because it’s nowhere to be found in its text.
The whole paradigm of individual character reflection and an individual perfect reflection of Jesus as required for salvation is just a horrible misreading not only of the Bible as a whole, but specifically of the NT. Salvation is experienced and entered into individually, but is also experienced by entering into the community of faith… God’s diverse and united new creation in Christ, and energized by his Spirit. This is how salvation is portrayed in the NT, becoming part of the Jesus movement… God is saving a people, not just disconnected individuals.
Thus, the ethical instructions of the NT, especially the letters, while applying to individuals, are addressed to communities/churches. Local, collective manifestations of this Jesus movement. The instructions are overwhelmingly relational in nature. The phrase one another is the most prevalent within them. Love one another, bear one another’s burdens, encourage one another, teach one another, forgive one another, accept one another as God in Christ has accepted you. These are relationally dynamic. They can be applied a thousand different ways in a thousand situations. This implies continual openness to the Spirit, the need for wisdom and discernment, constant growth in such, and constant learning which implies the making of mistakes, the need for forgiveness, etc.
This is healthy relational spiritual life. Life together. This life together is to be the reflection of God and of his image into the world. Not just the efforts of a bunch of disconnected individuals who claim personal salvation in Christ. To then impose some kind of individual perfect static reflection of a static Jesus upon this as the requirement for salvation, and in disregard of the fluid, relational, and growing dynamic of this type of life together that God is after through his Spirit, simply misses the point. It is a modern, individualist misreading of the gospel, salvation, and biblical life in the Spirit.