Want to be “perfect” beyond keeping the “Law & Commandments”?
After the rich young ruler professed to keep “all the law and commandments” from his youth, Christ mentioned this as a thing which “he lacked” and must do if he wishes to be “perfect” and only after that, “follow Me”:
“Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” (Matthew 19:21)
The early church moved towards “perfection” by doing this:
Christ mentioned to the rich young ruler that to be “perfect”, you have to “sell all your possessions” and give it to the “poor” as this verse speaks:
Though the rich young ruler could “not” do it, the earliest church had plenty who fulfilled this command to move toward “perfection” as this verse testifies in all truth:
New International Version
They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
New Living Translation
They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.
An absolutely beautiful faith.
Moral of the story:
Holy Scripture is Truth.
Just because I cannot practice perfection to that extent does “not” make Scripture untrue and neither is any “twisting” of the Word is needed to “satisfy my opinions” when I “fall short” to “do what’s commanded or encouraged”.
Remember, this is the only way to move “higher spiritually” toward perfection (“love by giving”) beyond “believing first” and “after keeping His Commandments” (basic virtues):
“And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” (Colossians 3:14)