In infinite love and mercy God made Christ, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, so that in Him we might be made the righteousness of God. Led by the Holy Spirit we sense our need, acknowledge our sinfulness, repent of our transgressions, and exercise faith in Jesus as Lord and Christ, as Substitute and Example. This faith that receives salvation comes through the divine power of the Word and is the gift of God’s grace. Through Christ we are justified, adopted as God’s sons and daughters, and delivered from the lordship of sin. Through the Spirit we are born again and sanctified; the Spirit renews our minds, writes God’s law of love in our hearts, and we are given the power to live a holy life. Abiding in Him we become partakers of the divine nature and have the assurance of salvation now and in the judgment. (2 Cor. 5:17-21; John 3:16; Gal. 1:4; 4:4-7; Titus 3:3-7; John 16:8; Gal. 3:13, 14; 1 Peter 2:21, 22; Rom. 10:17; Luke 17:5; Mark 9:23, 24; Eph. 2:5-10; Rom. 3:21-26; Col. 1:13, 14; Rom. 8:14-17; Gal. 3:26; John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23; Rom. 12:2; Heb. 8:7-12; Eze. 36:25-27; 2 Peter 1:3, 4; Rom. 8:1-4; 5:6-10.)We know for sure that God at His level is perfect. “He is the Rock, His work is perfect” (Deut. 32:4). We also know that Jesus is perfect, “having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation” (Heb. 5:9). We definitely recognize that we are not perfect, for our “righteousnesses are like filthy rags” in God’s sight (Isa. 64:6). What “perfection in our sphere” must we then have? Jesus gives us a hint in His high-priestly prayer of John 17:23, “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one.” Perfection, then, has two levels, God’s perfect Oneness within the Godhead, and humans’ perfect oneness with Christ.