When we are pleased with the efforts of a family member, a co-worker, friend, or even ourselves, we often exclaim, “Perfect!” When we give a gift to someone, he or she might say, “This is a perfect gift. Thank you very much.” When we say such things, we mean that what has been offered could not be any better by our standards of perfection. However, our definition of perfection is insufficient when we consider the way in which God is perfect. His criteria for perfection are different from ours. For instance, let’s look at this verse from the song that God Himself wrote, which He instructed Moses to teach to the people of Israel:

“The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4).

Now, when we are told that God’s work is perfect, it means something quite different from the work of an employee on the job. If God’s work is perfect, there is absolutely no flaw in it whatsoever. It is not only perfect now, it will be perfect tomorrow, and will be perfect throughout eternity. This is not how we humans judge perfection. In fact, we are incapable of making such an evaluation. For example, an automobile manufactured in 1922 may have been built perfectly by early 20th century standards. However, compared to contemporary vehicles, it was dreadfully unsafe and unstable. In addition, do we know today, with the many improvements made to automobiles in the last century, what a “perfect” car would look like, or how it would operate? I think you’ll agree that we are simply unable to answer that question, because we understand the nature of technology. Were the best computers built in 1980 perfect? Perhaps no one would have said at that time they were perfect, but there wasn’t anything better available. However, they were in no way “perfect.” And again, what is a “perfect” computer? We are unable to say.

However, regardless of what century it is, God’s works are perfect, and they are perfect forever. What a wondrous, perception-challenging thought this is. If I may use words from technology, there will never be any upgrades, updates, or improvements. In contrast to our way of thinking, the works of God cannot be improved upon. The most important example of this is His work on the cross. Jesus, the spotless Lamb of God, offered the perfect sacrifice for sin. This is enormously important because if Jesus and thus His sacrifice were not perfect, the possibility would remain that some sin, perhaps yours, was not included in that sacrifice. Thankfully, every sin that had ever been committed or ever will be has been cleansed forever for those who believe. If that were not true, Jesus’ sacrifice would not be perfect.

Not only are His works perfect, all of His words are true or prove true.

“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:5–6 ESV).

A Handbook on Proverbs says, “The Hebrew term translated proves true is literally ‘smelted’ or ‘refined’; here it is used in a figurative sense meaning ‘pure,’ ‘purified,’ or ‘tried.’”1 When God’s words are put to the test, like smelting ore in a refining fire, they come through that testing fire without any imperfections. To put it another way, what God said thousands of years ago is still flawlessly true today. It proves true. There are two very important examples of how God’s words have proved to be true through the centuries. Here are God’s words spoken to Satan in the Garden: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15 ESV). This is a prophecy about Jesus who would come thousands of years later to be bruised slightly—His death was actually a victory—but who would inflict major damage to the devil, because Satan’s power has been ultimately vanquished. The other example of the eternally true words of God is from Genesis, as well. It is another prophecy about Jesus: “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:2–3 ESV). These words have proved true after millennia have passed. All the families of the earth have been blessed by the salvation wrought in Jesus Christ.

Whenever God speaks, only eternally truthful words come out of His mouth. Therefore, when He tells us if we are re-birthed sons and daughters of God who are greatly loved by Him, it will always be true. The Father will love us and provide for us as sons and daughters for eternity. When He states that if we do not know the Son we are condemned, that is eternally true as well, as unpleasant as that may be to the ears of some. When Jesus proclaims that He will return for His people and judge the earth, although that event may transpire thousands of years later, His words will prove true. We could go on at length declaring the truth claims He makes throughout Scripture, but we’ll end with this one: “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8). I will wither and fade. You will, as well. But God’s words will never, ever wither or fade. All of His words are all true in the deepest, most meaningful, eternal way possible.

1Reyburn, W. D., & Fry, E. M. (2000). A handbook on Proverbs (p. 623). New York: United Bible Societies.