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HOW TO BE PERFECT (continues)

3)            If by the regeneration of the soul, man has become God’s child, he should maintain the spiritual status quo, doing everything that will never make him take any step towards the vomit of his erstwhile sinfulness. Paul, for this reason teaches, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2). The word ‘conform’ is a tragic suschēmatizō (soos-khay-mat-id’-zo): ‘to fashion alike, fashion yourself according to.’ Suschēmatizō comes from two words: sun (soon): ‘a primary preposition denoting union; with or together, that is, by association, companionship, process, resemblance, possession, instrumentality, addition, etc.;’ the second word is schēma (skhay’-mah): ‘the habitus, as comprising everything in a person which strikes the senses, the figure, bearing, discourse, actions, manner of life etc.; a figure (as a mode or circumstance), that is, (by implication) external condition.’

                What this ‘conform’ seeks to achieve is to get you to act in accordance with expectations; to make you suitable for a purpose. Is there anything wrong with getting you adapted to another nature? Certainly not, after all, God Himself encourages you to get adapted to His ideals by getting born again; but when a Christian receives an external invitation, contrary to the indwelling Holy Spirit, it is an alien conformational stunt of Satanism. Let us look at the Bible for acts of conformity to Satanism. Romans 13:13 “Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.” Another Pauline couch is Ephesians 4:18-19 18) “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19) Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” Petrine epistle does not fail to take us back to those days of sinfulness in: “For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries” (1Peter 4:3):but, certainly, not any more. We are children of the Light by divine covenant.

                In Exodus 23:2 “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:” rab (rab) is the Hebrew word for ‘multitude’. It has the meaning: ‘abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality,’ pointing to great men of wealth, politics and the judiciary. The word ‘decline’ is nâṭâh (naw-taw’): ‘to stretch or spread out; by implication to bend away (including moral deflection) i.e. pervert.’ The word ‘wrest’ which is the same nâṭâh underlines the seriousness of this verse paraphrased as “do not pervert with your mouth, in conjunction with many, to pervert justice” – double perversion. That there was only one Jeremiah against very many holders of the prophetic office did not make Jeremiah’s vatic stance an improper wrongness.

                Stand out courageously on the word of God, and perfection is attributed to you! Exodus 23:2 epitomizes the Ninth Commandment. “Neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline” simply warns against false witnessing. 1Peter 1:14 “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:” and the clausal “fashioning yourselves according to” is the same earlier mentioned Greek suschēmatizō of Romans 12:2 and the word ‘not,’ [ (may): ‘no, not lest’] negates this conformity. It is true that those days of your ignorance, God brings not to His divine judgment, having cleansed you from all unrighteousness when you got born again; but is it not disturbing to the mind to find a Christian masquerading in the garb only fit for idolatrous beings?

                1Corinthians 1:10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” The injection of demonic polarization has torn the Church into fragments of diverse views of doctrines. We do not speak the same thing. We lack the perfection of being joined together. Some stress the fact that so long as they lead people to Christ for salvation, there is nothing to really worry about. What such people do not understand is that wrong teachings will weaken believers spiritually. Those weaknesses make one lose heavenly crowns. We run so contrary to one another when it comes to the exegetical didacticism of Scripture. Satan has successfully made sure of this. It must be understood that when Christ, our life, appears true children of God will “be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” Amen!

                1Corinthians 14:20 “Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.” Scriptural maturity leads to individual’s perfection. ‘Malice’ is kakia (kak-ee’-ah): ‘ill-will, desire to injure; wickedness, depravity; wickedness that is not ashamed to break laws.’ Babies are always saying, “Daddy says…Mummy says,” in negation to external advisory intrusion, proving to be truly teachable. Babies lack the maturity of evil deeds. If in the act of malice we are babies, then, like the obedient child, when the evil one leads towards malice, our confession is, “The word of God, my Daddy, says…” concluding in quoting the Scripture to circumvent the Devil’s mischief. It is the foolishness attached to Adamic carnality that turns us against the righteous word of God.

                Getting born again is a conscious effort on the part of an individual. Get born again. Say this sinner’s prayer.

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My name is H.O. Ojewale. I was born in 17th March, 1955, in the then Gold Coast, now Ghana, Greater Accra. My parents are Nigerians. I am married with three wonderful children.


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