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Perfection, Perfect

The theme of perfection is found in the letter to the Hebrews. Here Christ is presented as perfected (totally prepared and fitted for his priestly ministry in heaven) through suffering (Heb.2.10) and then as perfect (in his divine and human natures, Heb.7.28) as he sits at the right hand of the Father in the perfect heavenly sanctuary (Heb.9.11). By his unique sacrifice for sin he has made perfect forever those who are set apart as Christians for the service of God (Heb.10.14); here the idea is that Christ has perfectly consecrated those for whom he died on the cross, for there is nothing lacking in his meritorious atonement.

See also Consecration; Sanctification.

Bibliography: R. N. Flew, The Idea of Perfection in Christian Theology, 1934; J. du Plessis, The Idea of Perfection in the New Testament, 1959.——PT