The Lord the Perfecter
Leader: Pastor Veon Williams
Bible Lesson 1
The Lord the Perfecter
“I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me” (Ps. 57:2).
“The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me” (Ps. 138:8).
“Being confident of thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6).
“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever” (Rom 11:36).
We read that David was once discouraged by unbelief and said, “I shall one day perish by the hand of Saul.” So even the Christian may fear that he shall one day perish. This is because he looks at himself and what is in him, and does not set his trust wholly upon God. It is because he does not yet know God as the perfecter. He does not yet know what is meant by His name, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending…the first and the last.” If I really believe in God as the beginning, then I must also trust Him as the continuation.
God is the beginning: “He who began a good work in you”; “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.” It is because of God’s free choice from before the foundation of the world that we have become believers and have the new life (John 15:16; Rom. 8:29; Eph. 1:4, 11). Those who are still unconverted have not entered into this election; for them there is the offer of grace and the summons to surrender. Those who enter in find full blessing of being the beloved of God.
It is of great importance to hold fast this truth: He has begun the good work. Then shall every thought of God strengthen the confidence that He will also perfect it. His faithfulness, His love, His power are all pledged that He will perfect the good work that He began. Read how God has taken more than one oath regarding His unchangeable faithfulness; your soul will rest in this and find courage (Gen 28:15; Ps. 89:29, 34-36; Isa 54:9, 10; Jer. 33:25, 26).
And how shall He finish His work? That which has its origin from Him is sustained by Him and shall one day be brought to Him and His glory. There is nothing in your life, temporal or spiritual, for which the Father will not care, because it has influence upon eternity (Matt 6:25, 34; I Pet. 5:7)
There is no moment of the day or night in which the silent growth of your soul is not to go forward; the Father will take care of this if you believe. There is no part of your destiny as a child of God, perhaps in things of which you have as yet not the least thought, but the Father will continue and complete His work in it (Isa. 27:2, 3; 51:12, 13). However, it is upon one condition: You must trustfully say, “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me.” You must trustfully pray, “I will cry unto God that performeth all things for me.” Let your soul become full of thought that the whole care—the continuation and the perfecting of God’s work in you—is in His hands (Heb. 10:35, 13:5, 6, 20, 21; 1Pet. 5:10).
And how glorious shall the perfecting be! In our spiritual life, God is prepared to exhibit His power in making us partakers of His holiness and the image of His Son. He will equip and establish us in a condition for all blessed work in His kingdom that He would have from us. Our body He will make like the glorious body of His Son. We may wait for the coming of the Son from heaven to take His own to Him. He will unite us in one body with all His chosen and will receive and make us dwell in His glory. Oh, how we can think that God will not perfect His work? He will surely do it, He will gloriously do it, for everyone who trusts Him for it.
Child of God , say in deep assurance of faith, “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me.” In every need say continually with great boldness, “I will call upon God, who performeth all things for me.” And let the song of your life be the joyful doxology, “from him, and through him, and to him are all things, to him be the glory forever.” Amen.
- “He that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.” It brings little profit to begin well; we must hold the beginning of our hope firm unto the end (Matt. 10:27; 24:13; Heb. 3:14, 16; 11:2).
- How do I know whether I am a partaker of the new birth? “As many as are lead by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Rom. 8:14). The faith that God has received me is matured, is confirmed, by works, by a walk under the leading of the Spirit.
- How can anyone know for certain that he will persevere unto the end? By faith in God the perfecter. We may take the Almighty God as our keeper. He who gives himself in sincerity to Him and trusts wholly in Him to perfect His work obtains a divine certainty that the Lord has him and will hold him fast until the end.