Matthew 5:48 Bull’s Eye!

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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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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