Purpose of this Column

The purpose of this column is to encourage all to fulfill their glorious God-ordained completion: perfection, and to be born of the spirit, also known as translation, as Enoch was:

“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” (Heb 11:5 KJV)

“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit.” (Heb 6:1-3 KJV)

In the NLT it states it this way:

“So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God. You don’t need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And so, God willing, we will move forward to further understanding.” (Heb 6:1-3 NLTse)

And Matthew 5:48 sums it all up like this:

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Mat 5:48 KJV)

“But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Mat 5:48 NLTse)

Or to be born again as Jesus explained it to Nicodemus in the book of John, in chapter 3:3-8:

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:3-8 KJV)

And the English Standard Version says:

“Jesus answered him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born again. The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:3-8 ESV)

Consider this: God’s word says we are to go on unto perfection. The dictionary defines perfection as “the state of being without a flaw or defect”. And God’s word, The Bible, also says:

“I (We) can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (us).” (Phil 4:13 KJV)

In the NLT version, it is stated this way:

“For I (we) can do everything through Christ, who gives me (us) strength.” (Phil 4:13 NLTse)

Parenthetical words in the above two verses are added.

— Christa

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