THE JOURNEY TO PERFECTION
B. Keith Chadwell, 2017/7
We, like Jesus, must learn obedience through the things we suffer. This is the suffering which results from the death of self will. Paul said, “I die daily…”
Hebrews 5:8-9 Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered;
And being made perfect He became the author of eternal
salvation unto all them that obey Him;
I can only think of Jesus as He suffered in prayer in the garden, pleading with God the Father to take away the cup that was before Him. The cup He spoke of was the agonizing death on the cross to come the following day, which was the will of God for Him.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Luke 22:44 And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly: and His
sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
His agony in the garden was His mental and emotional suffering which was so intense; He “sweat as it were” great drops of blood.” As agonizing as His death on the cross must have been, I believe there was as much suffering for Jesus in the garden as on the cross, as He brought His flesh and His mind into subjection to his Spirit and to the will of God the Father.
In any event, He surely suffered much in the garden. He laid down his desires, His will, His intellect and emotions, to the will of God. So shall we suffer likewise as we seek to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and give our old lives up in submission to the will of God. This is necessary in order to have Him effect the mortification of our flesh through the power of the Spirit and then to resurrect in us the life and nature of Christ.
2 Peter 1:2-4 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the
knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
According as His divine power hath given unto us all
things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of
Him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious
promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature
2 Corinthians 10:5 -6 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing
that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into
captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Romans 8:17 -19 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and
joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him that we
may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
I, like D.L. Moody, also think it is nearly impossible for us to comprehend the impact that one man or woman would have on mankind who would fully seek and allow Christ in them to mature them and then manifest Himself completely through them. Manifesting to their families, their communities, their nation and finally to the world a fully mature, “Christ in them”.
You can, as a Christian, choose to humble your old mind, will and intellect to God’s Spirit and journey on towards perfection, to a transformed mind, will and intellect. The Journey is from righteousness by faith, to righteousness in fact, or in deed, from immaturity, to perfection.