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be perfect

July 5, 2007

“The command ‘Be ye perfect’ is not idealistic gas. Nor is it a command to do the impossible. He is going to make us into creatures that can obey that command. He said (in the Bible) that we were ‘gods’ and He is going to make good His words. If we let Him – for we can prevent Him, if we choose – He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, a dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in parts very painful, but that is what we are in for. Nothing less. He meant what He said.”

CS Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 205-6.

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5 comments

  1. I agree perfectly with the process of sanctification:

    Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. (Col 4:12)

    For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. (Heb 10:1)

    But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James 1:4)

    But to be fair, lets be optimistic! its going to be only “a while:”

    But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. (1 Pet 5:10)

    Haha 😀

    Ok but I am not quite sure about the “we were gods” bit:

    Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. (Acts 7:40)

    How do you interpret “make us gods?”


  2. hmm… its says “Make us gods to go before us”

    i think those people do not mean make them to be gods, but make them a few gods for their protection, etc.


  3. But but…. isnt that in direct contradiction to the 1st commandment?


  4. yes, they sinned. you seem quite surprised!


  5. Yup I am! Then why does Lewis think God is going to make us into gods? Hmm…



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