Dec 27 8:57 AM

Best of 2021: Blameless (Released 05-03-2021)

Dec 27 8:57 AM
Dec 27 8:57 AM


Monday, December 27, 2021

Originally Published May 3, 2021


1 Corinthians 1:8-10


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Today, I want to look at 1 Corinthians, where Paul is encouraging people at the city of Corinth to look forward with great eagerness to when Jesus Christ would be revealed. These people were not the epitome of Christian living. They were failures and liars and losers in every way you could imagine. And I can only imagine that they would feel a bit scared at the thought of facing Jesus when he is revealed.

So, Paul writes them these words in 1 Corinthians 1:8-9, "God will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." Those words would have bought brought great comfort to those people in Corinth. And I hope they'll give your life a lift here, as well, because what they're saying is that it is God who establishes you all the way to the end of your life, or to the end of time when Jesus Christ will be revealed. And he establishes you so that on that day when Jesus is revealed, you will be blameless before him. That's an awesome thought, because as you and I think of our lives, blameless is not how we would describe them. We all look back and think, "I wish I would have... I wish I could have... I think I should have..." When we think like that, and we think of that day when we will see Jesus, typically it's not comfort or eagerness that we feel.

But what God says is that because of what he has done, you will be blameless on that day. And why? Because you are blameless? No, you know you're not. You're blameless because God is faithful. In the original language, faithful was actually the first word in that sentence. "Faithful is God, who has called you into fellowship with Jesus Christ our Lord." So, the reason you can have confidence and can look forward eagerly to the day when Jesus Christ is revealed is because God has established you because he has made you blameless, because he himself has called you into fellowship with Jesus Christ, his son. So, I hope that today that will give you a lift, and that you can go about your day with joy. Be encouraged with a wonderful attitude, because on that day, you will be considered faithful, because you will be blameless because God Himself is faithful.