10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (KJV)
Perfection is the state of being without a flaw or defect. From the scriptures, we see that only the Lord Almighty is perfect as it is written "There is none righteous, no not one". Nothing on earth is in its final state of perfection; for everything on the surface of the earth, improvement is just an idea away.
Although the words 'perfect' and 'perfection' are used to describe some people in the bible; it does not imply sinless perfection. The perfection of these people is imputed perfection given as a by-product of faith in God.
There are three stages of perfection that can be extracted from the bible; they are:
1. POSITIONAL PERFECTION: It is position possessed by every believer. In Heb 10:14, we see that Christ made perfect those that are being sanctified. This perfection is a direct result of accepting Christ as personal Lord and Saviour. The journey to ultimate perfection starts from this position.
2. RELATIVE PERFECTION: This is basically spiritual growth/maturity and it constitutes the entire life span of the believer on earth. According to 2Cor 7:1, we need to continue "perfecting holiness in the fear of God". This stage of perfection is in degrees, it is a pursuit of God that would never be completely satisfied on earth.
This relative perfection can be consistent if we build our lives of the principles of Christ. At this stage, the believer is mature but not without weaknesses; the key here is total dependence on the Holy Spirit.
3. ULTIMATE PERFECTION: This is the perfection of the spirit, soul and body which will be realized at the resurrection of the dead.
From the scriptures, we understand that there is a natural body and a spiritual body. The natural body begins to decay when a man dies on earth; this body cannot be glorified, it will perish with the earth. At the resurrection of the dead, our bodies will be changed and glorified.
The body that will be raised is perfect and is not subject to sin and its consequences. This body cannot die again.