“Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning" - I John 2:7
The command to "walk perfect before me" is not a new thing, nor is it "a thing of the past.
Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us” - Ecclesiastes 1:10.
When examining the scriptures, we can see that this command existed not only in the old testament, also in the new testament. It was a requirement of God from generation to generation.
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” - Matthew 5:48.
Since we serve an unchangeable God, that means his word has not changed, and what He requires of His people has not changed. He is still holy, and therefore, still expects that His children, whomever they are, wherever they came from, whether they are from the old or new covenant to be holy. Every born again believer in Jesus our Savior is expected to “walk upright” in the presence of a Holy and Righteous God.
We cannot act as if what God requires and expects from us as new creatures in Christ Jesus to be a new thing. He knows what we know, and what we truly do not know.
“Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me?...Lord, you know all things, You know that I love you” - John 21:17.
And what’s more, He even knows if we truly love Him, because, if you sincerely do, keeping His commandment will not be an issue, neither would there be any excuse not to.
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.