Perfection

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Perfection is a concept that originated with the Bible, in Psalms, Ezekiel, and the Epistle to the Hebrews. See, e.g., Ezekiel 28:12 ("Son of man, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord God: 'You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.'");[1] Hebrews 7:11.

Hebrews 2:9-11, which may have been spoken or written by Jesus himself after the Resurrection, explains:[2]

Brothers and sisters:

He "for a little while" was made "lower than the angels," that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
For it was fitting that he, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering. He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated all have one origin. Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them “brothers.”

Psalm 18

In Psalm 18:30, the Bible uses "perfect" in the sense of "blameless":[3]

This God—his way is perfect;

the word of the LORD proves true;
he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

History of term

The term "perfection" was originally used in the sense of completeness, or attaining completeness. Its more common meaning of flawlessness arose later.

See also

References

  1. ESV.
  2. NAB version - Reading for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
  3. Psalm 18:30 (ESV).