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2 Chronicles 15:17

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 17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel; nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.3

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3 the heart of Asa was perfect all his days. So here was one of several perfect men in the Old Testament. Those whom God also considered perfect were: Enoch, Noah, Zachariah, Elizabeth, Hezekiah, and David, (though David's was not lasting because of his adultery). After the Law and before Christ, the only people who received the favor of God were those who walked close to conforming to the Law's requirements; those who ignored his Law, were disregarded by Him, Heb 8:9. Because of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, with only a belief in His name, with humble sorrow for the past, we can approach God and receive the operations of his changing grace to purify our hearts and consciences; whatever our burden of past sins may be. So, thousands in the early Church attained purity, holiness, perfection, union with Christ and God, and translation into their kingdom while still on earth. Thousands of 17th Century Quakers attained the same perfection to live in union with Christ and God, living in their Kingdom while still on earth. With faith in what Jesus speaks to us, by grace and the cross, He can now make you perfect in every good work to do his will, Heb 13:11; a forever cleansing and perfection with resulting union is now available to all who go to him for change. And yes, like Job, we too must be tested before we receive the reward of the increase in his Spirit, the Spirit of Love. (See How to Receive the Changing Power of God for the testing).  And a little while after that, staying faithful, not tiring of faith energized acts of love, he returns in His glory to establish his Kingdom in your heart and to be your Lord forever.

Note, after Christ, the perfection is permanent, forever. After being perfect, David fell to temptation; before Christ the perfection was not permanent. In the next chapter, regretfully, perfect Asa also falls hard.

The difference is that Christ makes it possible to go beyond a man being purified, being made perfect. Christ makes it possible for that man to become an entirely new creature, to sit with Christ in the heavens, to be sanctified, to be holy, to be a part of Christ himself, who never fell, and who never will fall; a forever cleansing and perfection with resulting union is now available to all who go to him for change.