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27
Jan
09

How Long Perfection?

 

     “Perfection is an ultimate goal that can be achieved, as we draw upon the power of Christ.”  That is how chapter 8 of “The Life and Teachings of Jesus & his Apostles’ begins.  A little later it quotes Joseph Smith who compared the climb to perfection like climbing a ladder.  After talking about our climb to perfection in this life, he continues by saying, “But it will be a great while after you have passed through the veil before you will have learned them.  It is not all to be comprehended in this world; it will be a great work to learn our salvation and exaltation even beyond the grave.”

     That raises the question:  How long is that great while that Joseph Smith said it would take?  I have had one Mormon leader tell me that it would take him ten thousand eternities.  Others I’m sure would give different answers.  I would invite LDS members to give their answers.

     Here’s my answer.  Through Christ, I am already perfect in God’s sight.  All my sins have been separated for me as far as the East is from the West. (Psalm 103;12)  But not only that.  All of Christ’s perfection has already been credited to my account. (Isaiah 61:10)  Therefore, right now, God sees me as perfect.  And then, the moment I die, I will be taken into his presence where I will no longer be confirmed in righteousness and no longer even be able to sin.  I will live perfectly in a perfect heaven.  There’s no “great while” for me.  There’s “no great work” for me.  All because of Jesus.  That is what is really great!

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