Matthew 5:48 (KJV)
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Romans 3:23 says For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The word sinned is defined as missing the mark. Picture an archer’s target. The mark is the bull’s-eye. Most of us would think that hitting anywhere on the target would be acceptable. Not so according to the definition of sin. Sin is to miss the bull’s-eye.
The Pharisees were the best-known people of their day for practicing righteousness. They worked hard at it. They had disciplined themselves toward it. They held each other accountable for it, but they were not perfectly capable of it. They could hit the target as it were. They probably could hit the target better than anyone else alive in their day. But they did not hit the bull’s-eye. They were not perfect.
Jesus set before His hearers a difficult ideal; their righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees. No, He set before than an impossible one, they were to be perfect as their Father in heaven is perfect. That is exactly what God promises in 2 Corinthians 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
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Matthew 5:48 Bull’s Eye!
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