You are to be complete (perfected, mature), as your spiritual Father is complete.
How does one who is chosen to become perfect attain to that? The answer is contained in the words the Son has spoken thus far in this chapter to the disciples who were chosen to hear the truth about the Father which had been withdrawn from the land for hundreds of years prior to it coming back to live in the body of the Son (the true temple of God), who was bringing the good news of freedom to these men who were specifically chosen to become as he was.
The teaching he was giving them, about which he said must be understood and practiced in order to become complete, or perfect according to the Father, was all about not acting like the humans act, not being as they were—not being led by the nature that leads all the humans as per the curse they sustained. They were to come away from the nature that drove them to be as they were, what the humans said was good, proper and right; and to attain to a level of pureness apart from anything they could do by what was inside them, that which made them mere animals like everyone else. A simple rephrasing of what Jesus always wanted to communicate to his followers is, "Don't be a mere human, don't be a common animal driven by the instinct that is inherent in every last one of the humans because of Adam's curse. Be a son of God like your Father who chose you especially for that reason."
On the day God created the human, in the image of God He created him.
The differentness between what Adam the offspring of God was intended to be and what his own offspring became is declared right away. Also comes the new line of Adam including himself, what every human would be all the way until the promised Son came after a long period of suffering and waiting. The humans were not being born as Adam was intended to become (spiritual, like God), but after the likeness of what he became after the incident (cursed, natural—like the serpent). He may have looked the same on the outside, but inside he had a mind and heart that had been bonded with the animal which he trusted instead of the One who desired to be his Father.
God made Adam as His only son, to grow up before Him and come to know his Father and by that knowing, be able to love Him as such. Adam would have mastery over his Father's creation, rule it as His son and agent, and everything would be theirs together. In the world of humans this is the picture of the good son who loves, honors and respects his father; whose life becomes his father's life; he gives it over to his father because of the bond of love, trust, honor and respect. The father loves the son and provides for him a life, and the son takes care of the life he has been given by the father. The son takes care of the father as the father has taken care of the son.
Instead of ruling over his Father's creation, though, he conspired with it—not to honor and respect his Father's desire and wishes but to ignore His desire for what the human should and shouldn't have. Of course the Father knew what was best for the human, but the human didn't believe the Father. He wasn't satisfied with the things that God had given him, nor the dynamics of the relationship between them. He wasn't satisfied with being taken care of by God and loved by Him. He was greedy for what the Father said was not good for him, he didn't believe the Father or trust Him.
Taking the fruit and eating wasn't necessarily so much about what they did that was wrong, but what they wanted, which caused them to do what they did. They wanted something that wasn't good for them. It was not right for them to have more than they had been given by the Father. The fact that they couldn't see that it would be so bad for them isn't the excuse, that just says they were ignorant on purpose.
In all of this dialog the proving of the facts is not important like what the stories, pictures and metaphors represent to those who are destined to read them as the Father wants them read. The sons of God don't need to try to prove that He exists, which is pointless because He obviously doesn't want it proven. They need to see what He wanted and intended, and from whom He wanted it. They need to understand what the repetitive point of the prophets was and who their enemy is. To continue looking around for some external devil separate from us is to deflect the responsibility away from us so that we are free to continue to worship the devil that we want to continue to exist as, driven by instinct to fulfill whatever craving is meant to appease all the fear that lives in us.
We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
The command to not eat was more about the motives behind what they were being asked to do than merely not doing what they weren't supposed to do, it was simply about who they trusted. The woman trusted the snake more than the human. The human trusted the woman more than his Father. They all conspired against Him to get more, have more than the Father intended them to have. After this incident, the human's nature was totally different than before, which is the crux of the message of God in the final segment of the story of the two creations.Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
The lie that various groups of religious men have created since the truth was lost is that their curse (the sinful nature) is something that the "bad people" have, from the Holy Roman Church all the way to every institution that calls itself christian, what's sinful is adhering to the wrong interpretation about what the words might say, which makes that one different and threatening to the "good people." The devil has been turned into something that doesn't make any sense or logic toward the story of God wanting a family of children who love and trust Him more than the alternative. Does it make any sense that there is a fallen angel flying around trying to cause the assumed "good people" to sin (whatever that means)? Or does it make sense that the powerful force of power that seems to inhabit everyone to live for themselves by instinct, like wild animals trying to survive in a hostile world, is the result of being bound to the animal whom the human trusted more than God?
The reason it makes sense that this is the devil, the source of what makes the humans "sinful," while the christian message makes no sense at all, is because the wild animal nature reduces all humans to self-loving and self-preserving creatures with no capacity to genuinely love outside of themselves, unless driven by some external force that doesn't originate with them e.g. the drive of instinct to love your own children, or the response to the irresistible power of the love spell that happens on a seemingly illogical level of pure instinct and chemicals. God is concerned about love outside of what the human animal is instinctively driven to be able to express. God wants children who are the opposite of the way the humans are, because of instinct.
You have heard that it was said, `Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Jesus' message over and over is to be the opposite of the way they were naturally driven to be according to what the instincts within them dictated, which isn't just some fluke. Perfect is becoming as unlike a human naturally and instinctively is as one who is born a human can eventually become.
"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good except God alone."
Good is what the Father intended for Adam, before he refused the relationship offered to him, and bad is the deceptive, conspiring nature of the serpent whom Adam trusted more than the Father, which was just the created alternative to believing, trusting and eventually loving God as the Father He wanted to be to the human. Good is the Son who is like the Father because the life of the Father lives in the Son. The Father is the only One who is good; He is the only One who has life, and therefore can give life (what is good) to whomever He chooses. Everything else is based on death (bad)—even that which Jesus would have been if not for the life of God living in his human body, which kept him from what the humans are bound with, and therefore imperfect, unclean. Saying that Jesus was already good in himself because he was a god diminishes the power of the only thing that actually is good—that is, God's life living in his human body—and changes the entire message of who Jesus was, what he did and why. Good according to God was the Son who did not conspire with the snake when it whispered in his ear to take and eat against God's wishes for him. If he were a god then that would not have been something that required anything from him; therefore God considering him good and special for doing it is moot and worthless, and makes God's word out to be token blathering that has no real consequence. The followers of this made up god can't be required to actually do anything substantial, because the entire message is based on that type of nonsensical logic.
If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.
If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written:
All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me.
Good is the man who does God's secret will, once he knows what the will is, over his own which is that part of him that had been bonded with the animal after the incident of the first son's rejection of his Father. The animal is always consistent with how it works in the humans to keep them away from God, and therefore how it tries to lead the sons away from their Father. The nature that rules the humans manifests itself in 3 fundamental characteristics; that which the humans naturally and instinctively love and run after comes from these. The three are the satisfaction of appetite and lust, the egotistical cravings of his pride, and the attraction toward wealth and anything else that will help insulate it from what it is and where it's going—naked and alone, and headed for the grave.
Good is Jesus, desiring to be pleasing to the Father; and Mary recognizing his goodness and wanting nothing more than to be in his presence, to love what God loved and to be loved by God—what God wanted for Adam. Good is the One who sees what God always wanted from the human—someone to love and to be loved by; someone who would always honor and respect Him and never have to go away; someone whom He could count on and never have to worry about being betrayed by; one who trusts Him.
You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life.
Bad were the religious people who could not see in the scriptures they studied so carefully what God considers good and bad. Just like always with the fear-driven xenophobic humans, bad is anyone who is not like the norm of the group they've established, and therefore a threat. Since they ascended to positions of control over Jewish religious society—what the Law of Moses actually said—they figured they could just ignore the Father's will and decide themselves who was good (them and those who did not oppose them, of course). They took what was good and made it into something they could own, control and use for their own gain, like any wild animal would do if it had the power and ability, in the effort to survive better. Is it any wonder that they were the good ones according to what they decided? The corruption that is naturally bred into the humans is impossible to see by them, which is why according to God they became more and more retarded with regards to being able to know Him; otherwise they might see and turn and be healed of their condition.
And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent.
Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.
According to God, who lived in Jesus' body and told him as much, they were bad, not good, because they performed the rituals on the outside but hated God in their hearts. They missed the whole point of the law because they were more concerned in surviving and making sure everyone considered themselves blessed by adhering to some details in the law while they blatantly violated what was most important. Then they used their earthly power to lord their self-proclaimed positions over everyone else, becoming the anti-Moses.
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
"Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them `Rabbi.'
"But you are not to be called `Rabbi,' for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth `father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called `teacher,' for you have one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Like all religious leaders whose gods are *always* on their side (because they naturally and instinctively consider themselves the "good people") they mistook God for one of their own and assumed He was happy with their hypocrisy, even if they knew He couldn't have been. They ignored the word of the real God who spoke to them through the ages by the mouths of the men He chose and entrusted with His word. They made up their own false god who is always happy with their actions because they are totally deceived by the animal consciousness put on Adam, and think being righteous or sinful is the exact opposite of what it actually are.
And Enoch walked with God and he was no more, for God took him.
And it happened as humankind began to multiply over the earth and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were comely, and they took themselves wives howsoever they chose.
Enoch evidently had the kind of relationship that God intended for Adam, although to a less perfect degree. Here we have a man who walked with God—he lived with Him, trusted Him, did the things that pleased Him. He had a relationship with God, which was good. He walked with his Father suggests that the others did not. It also suggests that only a very few ever find favor with God, as opposed to the notion that He wants as many humans as possible in His kingdom (family), the more the merrier approach, that the doors are wide open and everyone can just come on in, as the christian myth goes about God.
In that farce the formula goes something like: if you convince yourself to "believe" a few things that the others "believe," (know the facts) and then do a few things, you will be one of the good people. If you are one of the good people then the god of that particular group will accept you. The christians say that if you're one of the good people you'll "go to heaven." The more refined view is that if you are one of the good people, you'll be "in the kingdom." The correct view seems to be something that the members of the community think will actually save them, make them right with God and loved by Him as Jesus was loved by Him. It's the same flawed formula and strategy that the christians use, just with different facts.
What the community has done is merely modified the lie with some correct facts, but the lie about good vs. bad people remains the same, as does what God expects from those who please Him. It was created by the whore who says she's the bride of the Christ, which would be a very noble position to be in if she weren't actually just a common street whore, a liar who merely pretends to be something she's not. The deception is that the community believes they are so much different than the whore and all her babies. In reality, though, they believe the same lies because they are all from the same stock, the serpent not the son. They believe the same myth that there is something inherently good about humans the way they are. The sons, represented by Noah and Enoch, are miniscule in numbers compared to the vast array of animals that have populated this inferior creation. Their memorial service looks very much like any ordinary church service, which looks very much like any old mass. Sure each one has its own flavor, agenda and some different words in the numbers they do. Yet they look the same because they are the same—the gathering of the good people, deceived into assuming they are doing what makes God happy with them—performing rituals. It's the same with each of them.
The pack mentality, a trait of many kinds of animals, is perfected in these conditions. If you don't look or act like them, or if you are any kind of threat whatsoever to them, they will gang up on you to either make you conform or you will be ousted from their group, in God's name even, which is how they try to hide what they are. This might seem like a bad thing when it happens to the sons of God, but in reality it is from the Father if the calling is genuine. This is just what happens to the sons because the humans hate the true God when He comes into their midst; they will not accept Him, which is something the sons must accept, and come out from them because they only serve to incubate the virus that will lead the sons astray.
And the Lord said, "My breath shall not abide in the human forever, for he is but flesh."
And the Lord saw that the evil of the human creature was great on the earth and that every scheme of his heart's devising was only perpetually evil. And the Lord regretted having made the human on earth and was grieved to the heart. And the Lord said, "I will wipe out the human race I created from the face of the earth, from human to cattle to crawling thing to the fowl of the heavens, for I regret that I have made them."
The human had conspired with the helper and the animal against God, and now He regarded them as the same, even considering the animals part of the human race, lumping them all together into the same evil bunch. It all started with the original incident, but now it had gotten much worse.
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
And God saw the earth and, look, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways on the earth.
When God makes someone a son they are different than all the unclean, common animals. Those can only "put on" appearances which make them appear different, but they are all the same. Enoch becomes a representative of one who, like Noah, found favor with God. Not because he put on appearances on the outside to fool other animals, but because in his heart, wherein existed the truth of who he was, he wanted God as his Father, unlike the snake, the woman and the human. He trusted God and desired the good thing, which was not taken away from him.
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
The good people, according to God, are those who become like Him, because only He is good. Real life is found nowhere but in Him, so having His life living in us is the only way for us to have life, as per the example of the firstborn Son of God. Being born of that life is the first step in reversing the curse of the animal life that was put on Adam. As that new life grows in us, our old life, which isn't life at all but actually just a short period of existence, must erode away. The sinful nature, or evil nature, is merely the nature of the cursed animal, all lumped together by God when He tossed them out of where He wanted to live with His son. That is, every one and every thing that dies.
And I will set up my covenant with you...
God makes promises to those He intends to give His life to and makes into sons, as He did with Noah and Enoch. As was originally intended, His sons become part of His plan and purpose in the world, to accomplish His desire and will. When one is taken out of the family of Adam and brought into the family of the firstborn, his Father and brothers do not follow the same line as the animals. He knows that no gathering of animals or ritual ceremony can save him, nor can merely knowing the truth. Nor can believing a prescribed set of doctrinal statements, or performing anything that has been ritualized by the animals. The only thing that can save him is by staying in the covenant, a declaration that he wants to be a son.
He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive...having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.