Gen. 1:27 says, “God created man in his own image.” From this verse we can say that there is something in us that is like God, and thus man has something to do with God. The obvious follow-up question is: What does God want us to do?
In the N.T. we find the requirement of God in Jesus’ teachings. For instance in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, “You therefore shall be perfect as your, heavenly Father is perfect,” (Matt 5:48). What does the word perfect mean? It means the exact opposite of sin. The N.T. meaning of sin is missing the mark. To be what God means us to be we must be perfect. We must hit the mark and not miss it.
What does God’s requirement mean in our terms? It means God expects us to be what he made us to be – perfect. He does not expect us to be angels, because we were made to be men and women. And is not the passion for perfection common among us all? Isn’t perfection a divine passion in all of our hearts?
When we understand God’s requirement it brings us under the conviction of sin. And we ask, “What does God require of a man or woman under such a conviction?” The answer is: We must do the works of God. What are the works of God? Jesus said, “This is the work of God that you believe on Him whom He has sent,” (John 6:29).
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