In Matthew. 9:12 ? ?They that are whole have no need of a physician, but they that are sick? ? Jesus means those who in their own esteem are whole; cf. 13 ? ?I came not to call the righteous, but sinners? = ?of any were truly righteous, they would not need my salvation; if they think themselves so, they will not care to seek it? (An. Par. Bib.). In <421030>Luke 10:30-37 ? the parable of the good Samaritan ? Jesus intimates, not that the good Samaritan was not a sinner, but that there were saved sinners outside of the bounds of Israel. In <441035>Acts 10:35 ? ?in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him? ? Peter declares, not that Cornelius was a sinner, but that God had accepted him through Christ. Cornelius was already justified, but he needed to know (1) that he was saved and (2) how he was saved. Peter was sent to tell him of the fact and of the method of his salvation in Christ. In <450214>Romans 2:14 ? ?for when Gentiles that have not the law do by nature the things of the law these, not having the law, are a law unto themselves. ?It is only said that in certain respects the obedience of these Gentiles shows that they have an unwritten law in their hearts. It is not said that they perfectly obey the law and therefore have no sin for Paul says immediately after ( <450309>Romans 3:9) ? ?we before laid to the charge both of Jews and Greeks, that they are all under sin.?
So with regard to the words ?perfect? and ?upright? as applied to godly men. We shall see, when we come to consider the doctrine of Sanctification, that the word ?perfect,? as applied to spiritual conditions already attained signifies only a relative perfection, equivalent to sincere piety or maturity of Christian judgment. In other words, the perfection of a sinner who has long trusted in Christ and in whom Christ has overcome his chief defects of character. See <460206>1 Corinthians 2:6 ? ?we speak wisdom among the perfect? (Am. Rev.: ?among them that are full- grown?); <500315>Philippians 3:15 ? ?Let us therefore, as many as are perfect be thus minded? ? i.e ., to press toward the goal ? a goal expressly said by the apostles to be not yet attained (v. 12-14).
?Est deus in noble; agitante calescimus illo.? God is the ?spark that fires our clay.? S. S. Times, Sept. 21,1901:609 ? ?Humanity is better and worse than men have painted it. There has been a kind of theological pessimism in denouncing human sinfulness, which has been blind to the abounding love and patience and courage and fidelity to duty among men.? A. H. Strong, Christ in Creation, 287-290 ? ?There is a natural life of Christ, and that life pulses and throbs in all men everywhere. All men are created in Christ before they are recreated in him. The whole race lives, moves, and has its being in him, for he is the soul of its soul and the life of its life.? To Christ then, and not to unaided human nature, we
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