All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters. 15 You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “ Abba, Father. ” 16 The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God’s children. 17 But if we are children, we are also heirs. We are God’s heirs and fellow heirs with Christ, if we really suffer with him so that we can also be glorified with him.
Bo Cassell's modern-day paraphrase of John Wesley's classic A Plain Account of Christian Perfection, you will understand exactly what Christian perfection really is and what it is not. Briefly, the term "Christian perfection," as Wesley understood it, might better translate as "complete holiness." Once a person is saved, that's not the end. Christianity is the process of growing up, maturing in the love of our God and our neighbor. It is holiness of heart and life. It means, as Philippians 2:5 puts it, "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus." The perfect life then becomes more of living a life committed to perfect love, which defines what our relationship to God and others should be.
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