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Summary: A study of the word "perfect"

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Introduction

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2. We are continuing on our way through the ABCs of the Bible...

Tonight, we come to the letter P...

P is for perfect and its forms, including perfection...

Perfect according to the dictionary means...

1 having all the required or all the desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics;

as good as it is possible to be : she strove to be the perfect wife

• free from any flaw or defect in condition or quality; faultless : “the equipment was in perfect condition.”

• precisely accurate; exact : a perfect circle.

• highly suitable for someone or something; exactly right : I am the perfect husband for my wife!

2 [ attrib. ] absolute; complete (used for emphasis) : a perfect stranger | all that she said made perfect sense to me.

3. In the Bible, the word “perfect, perfection or perfected”...

appears 52 times in the NIV Bible...even more in the KJV...

As I began to study these words...

I began to see that the word is used both to describe God...

and also to describe people...

and interestingly, I found 9 different ways that perfect is used for each...

So, tonight I would like for use to do a quick summary of all 18 different ways that “perfect” is used...

Let’s first look at the 9 ways that God is described as perfect.

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God

1. His Works are perfect. Deuteronomy 32:4

“He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just.

A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.”

God’s works are perfect...

during the Creation story...we see God looking upon all of Creation and saying “It is good”...

This verse in Deuteronomy is part of a song that Moses is singing to all the Israelite people who were assembled together...

Moses was singing his praise to the Lord...

and among all the many glowing things that Moses mentions in his song...

he mentions that all God’s works are perfect...

the things that God does...

how He intervenes into the lives of His people...

2. His WAY is perfect 2 Samuel 22:31

"As for God, his way is perfect;

the word of the Lord is flawless.

He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.

These are the words of David...

interestingly, this too is part of a song unto God...

To me, this speaks about our QUEST...

Our spiritual journey as we walk with Christ...

The way of the world is certainly flawed...

There is much to avoid in this world...

But God’s way is perfect...

That doesn’t mean that God’s way is easier...

sometimes it can be very difficult to walk with God...

Scripture tells us that the way of the world is the wide road...

and the the way of God is the narrow road...

and that few people find it...

But those few who follow God’s way...

would certainly testify that it is the only perfect way.

3. He Makes MY WAY perfect 2 Samuel 22:33 Heb 12:2, Heb 10:14

“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.”

Certainly, if we just go our own way...

our way is not perfect...

but when we walk with Christ...

when we embark upon this journey, this quest, and make it our lifelong goal...

well, God makes our way perfect.

Hebrews 12:2 says,

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,


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