I wanted to write about being perfect. Christ says at the end of Matthew “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Notice that he doesn’t call himself perfect in this verse, or rather that he points to his father’s perfection. But in 3 Nephi he actually does refer to himself as perfect. He says, “Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.” Here he calls himself perfect. This is an interesting distinction, in light of how we are so caught up in becoming perfect. Some people take it so far as depressing over the fact, but I think there is a difference between being a perfect man and being a perfect God. There is a scripture that refers to Noah and perfection. Genesis 6:9 says, “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” I believe that we can become perfect within the sphere of mortality. That is possible and that is what we can expect to become while in this life, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. But if we expect to be a perfect God, then I would find that impossible and stressful. I think that we are expected to be exactly obedient, and that through the process of our lives we can approach the perfection that is obtainable. But even then as long as we are searching for perfection, and drawing closer to Christ in our search for it, then we are doing well. Perhaps another perspective is that perfection is another way of saying complete. To become a complete man, to fulfill the measure of our creation, that is what we can and need to seek after. I become complete and fulfill my measurement as a man as I complete ordinances and make covenants that lead to salvation. In short the Lord wants us to shoot for the stars and become the best that we can.
Be ye therefore perfect.
Notice how christ doesn’t call himself perfect “be like my father” vs. “be like me”
he doesn’t call himself perfect until after he is resurrected.
Which I take to mean that there is no possible way to be completely perfect until that point.
We say that Christ was perfect, but he didn’t seem to think so
or rather he did think so, but he was only a perfect man and not a perfect God
There’s a difference between the two
Noah was call a perfect man, maybe he wasn’t his whole life.
Christ was a perfect man
Third Nephi must have attained a certain amount of perfection in his obedience that he was able to have the sealing power
but these people still need the savior
They still need to be saved from their sins
But we may say that they have reached the maximum capacity a human can reach
That is what we are seeking. To reach the maximum capacity that a man can reach,
not that a God can reach.