In Mathew 5:48 we see Christ telling all, “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Way before this was said though, God said about Himself, “For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. And you shall not make yourselves unclean with any of the swarming things that swarm on the earth. For I am the Lord who brought you up from Egypt to be your God; thus you shall be holy, for I am holy” (Lev. 11:44-45).

In these few verses, we see that God is a perfect, moral, holy God. He is perfect because He is all-holy. He is morally pure because His character is morally perfect and pure. As the great hymn says, “Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee. Though the eye of sinful man, Thy glory may not see. Only Thou art holy. There is none beside Thee. Perfect in power, in love and purity.” In His divine holiness, God is perfect and pure. He is the epitome of perfection and moral purity.

God is perfect because only a perfect being is worthy of worship and devotion. We are devoted to God and worship Him because He is worthy of worship. If He were nothing more than a vindictive and atrocious God, then He would not be worthy. Much like the gods of the Greeks. Zeus was corrupt and faulted in every area. All the other gods, as well as Zeus, had multiple sexually immoral relationships. They would then do some form of evil to cover them up. They were gods who had to be placated by works and that may not do it.

Our God is a God rich in love and mercy. As Exodus 34:6-7 states, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty.” He is a forgiving God. One who loves with pure love. He is the only one who can say who is guilty. We are guilty of sinning against Him. We are His image-bearers but we have gone astray. His love for us made provision for us to have forgiveness. This forgiveness was through the shedding of blood. “[U]nder the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (Heb. 9:22). He made a way for us to be connected to Him.

We see a loving and compassionate God who has to punish the guilty making a way for us to be made not guilty. We have to be perfect as He is perfect and the only way this is possible is through the shed blood of our ultimate sacrifice: Jesus Christ. It is because of God’s perfect, morally pure nature that we sinful humans can never be before Him without this shed blood covering us. Jesus is our righteousness. Jesus has made the way for us. You see, the moral God has made a way by a selfless sacrifice made by the Son of God for us. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21).

It is because of this that we can be good people. We can be because we have the righteousness of God. We will understand morality in ways others do not. We can love others that others do not because we have been loved first and know what love is (1 John 4:19). We can love rightly because we know what real love is. Love is morally upright and pure in its motives. It is not some strange lustful desire. No, it is pure and right. We know this because of God. If He was not there and it was some strange god like the Greek gods, then we would not know what is right in love or anything else. It is because of our perfect, moral, and pure God that we know what is right and can be good and right people.