Bible conclusion: man’s futile attempt at being perfect from Genesis to Revelation

When we read the beginning of the Bible, we see that God created Adam and Eve and gave them grace. God had created them as imperfect people (naked) but without finding fault. He never gave them the 10 commandments but just told them to enjoy all of the creation in this world. This is the story of original grace.

But then Adam sinned by trying to become like God and failed, realizing his own sinfulness / nakedness.

Genesis 3 “the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

The Bible began with the attempt by man to become like God.

You see, that was not God’s intention. God is immortal and perfect and He created man out of the dust, made out flesh and blood, created to live on this earth relying on His grace, not trying to perfect like God.

The rest of the Bible story is about man’s journey of trying to be perfect.

God told Israel that if they perfectly obeyed the Ten Commandments, then they could inherit the land of blessing.

They succeeded partially but eventually failed to be perfect. So they were cursed with the exile in foreign lands.

God then had mercy on Israel, saying that He would make a New Covenant where He would forgive their sins and then write His laws in their heart (Jeremiah 31-32) and restore them back to the land of blessing where they would never sin anymore.

For that to happen, God had to become a man through His Son Jesus, Christ, born of a virgin in a manger (Merry Christmas!). God emptied Himself of all His glory and power and became a man. God gave Jesus all the grace in the world by giving Him the Holy Spirit at birth.

The mission of Jesus was for a man to become perfect like God by obedience to the law through radical faith and dependence on God’s grace.

Jesus perfectly obeyed the law, loving God with all his heart, soul, and strength.

He loved people perfectly, loving everyone, including His enemies who crucified Him on the cross.

He learned obedience by not sinning even though He suffered the greatest injustice on the cross, being crucified even though He did not sin.

He became perfect like God by His obedience on the cross.

Hebrews 5 “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.”

Jesus came to fulfill the law, for man to be perfect like God. He was the only one to do so.

This is why He rose from the dead, as the first man to receive immortality and glory – to become like God.

Then Jesus commanded the believers to follow Him, and receive this perfect righteousness to enter the kingdom of God, the coming utopia of the new heaven and earth where there would be no more sin, death but righteousness and immortality forever.

The only way a person could enter this kingdom was to become perfect like Jesus, to follow Jesus, to do what He did.

Matthew 5 “17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them…. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven….48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Jesus is Lord and God because He alone preached and practiced perfect righteousness and holiness that no man had done so before or after. No other religion has such a perfect righteous moral standard as what Jesus embodied.

Jesus alone rose from the dead after forgiving sins on the cross, proving that He is the Son of God, being one with the Father, fully immortal and perfect.

Jesus alone showed the pure unconditional love of God, dying for us on the cross while we were sinners.

Jesus was the only man to be perfect like God to enter immortality. The only way for man to be perfect was to follow Jesus and obey His commandments.

Matthew 16 “24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.28 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

He gave the grace (Holy Spirit) to all who believed in Him so that they could follow Him, carry the cross, radically love and believe like Jesus Himself.

Jesus had radical faith, love, holiness, righteousness, endurance, obedience – perfect like God.

Jesus commanded that if we follow Him we will also be perfect like Him.

Jesus promised to return to judge the world and bring the utopia of perfection to world.

At His 2nd coming, all people would be judged for their works by being resurrected on the last day. If they did good deeds like Jesus by faith and radical obedience then they would receive glorious immortality to become like God. If they did evil deeds, then they would receive eternal torment forever in the lake of fire.

John 5 “28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.”

Revelation 20 “12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books…. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

God was telling the world, that if you want to attain that utopia on earth, then you need to be perfect like Jesus. You need to have faith and obedience like Jesus, then you will be resurrected into that glorious immortality to be like God forever while everyone else will be resurrected to be burned forever in hell.

The standard for judgment was perfection – “Be perfect like Jesus ” “Love one another like Jesus” “Be perfect like the heavenly Father”

Do you know why Jesus never came back in the 1st Century as He promised?

It is because nobody can be perfect…nobody can follow Jesus.

The churches failed in that great tribulation during the 1st Century.

Matthew 24 “. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,”

Luke 18 “….when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?””

They could not endure the great tribulation. They could not carry the cross. They could not follow Jesus. They could not become perfect. They could not have the Biblical radical faith.

Man failed in all his attempts to be perfect like God.

Just like Adam failed, Israel failed, the Church also ultimately failed to become like God. That is why Jesus never came back to judge the world.

If Jesus did come back to judge the world in the 1st century or today, then 99.9% of the world would go to hell and I believe nobody will be saved because nobody follows Jesus.

God does not want to send the entire world to hell.

The 1st Century failed in the great tribulation and the Churches today don’t even have any tribulation, proving that Jesus is not interested in testing our faith anymore because He knows that nobody will pass the test.

Jesus relented in His grace and did not judge the world because He knows that man cannot be perfect.

In the end, the Bible is an allegory, showing us that “man is man” and “God is God”. We are not called to be perfect like God or Jesus. We should realize that all we have is the grace of God and not our efforts of faith/obedience.

Romans 9 “16 It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.”

In the end, only Jesus is Lord and God and only He is the God who became man who became perfect. Only Jesus is perfect because only He is God.

John 1 “14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth….17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.”

John 6 “46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.  47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.”

John 14 ” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. “

The story of the Bible is that man failed to be perfect like God.

Jesus alone is Lord and God, and He is filled with grace.

Jesus died to forgive our sins and rose to make us righteous without works.

God loves us unconditionally.

In the end, its all about GRACE and not our faith or obedience.

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