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HOW FAR ARE WE TO PERFECTION?

Epaphras, a member of your own fellowship and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. He always prays earnestly for you, asking God to make you strong and perfect, fully confident that you are following the whole will of God. (Colossians 4:12)

We should stand perfect and complete in the will of God. What do you understand by been perfect? To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

Dictionary define it “being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish” "a perfect circle"; "a perfect reproduction"; "perfect happiness"; "perfect manners".

Beautiful thing are not always perfect but Epaphras was a bondservant, and prayer was an important area where he worked hard. And he worked diligently at it, especially knowing the danger of the false teaching in Colosse. So, he prayed that the Colossian Christians would stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings, not endings. Just as graduations are not terminations, but commencements. Creation is an ongoing process, and when we create a perfect world where love and compassion are shared by all, suffering will cease.

This is a wonderful prayer to pray for anyone. Epaphras prayed well because he cared well. If he paused in zeal, he certainly would have lagged in prayer. Paul called Epaphras a bondservant of Christ, using a phrase that he often applied to himself, but never to anyone else, except here and in Philippians 1:1 where he speaks of himself and Timothy together as bondservants of Jesus.

Brethren let the good work of your work be known to the glory of your Maker.

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