Daily Bread - August 7, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 07 August 2019 11:59
1 Corinthians 1:8 - He will strengthen you to the end blameless in the day
of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Part 1 ~ God Makes Us And Keeps Us Blameless

One of the great wonders of salvation is how the blood of Jesus and the
work of the Spirit have made us blameless (Colossians 1:21-22). The Greek
word 'babaios', translated "strengthen," means "standing firm on the feet,
maintaining firmness or solidity, steadfast." (Theological dictionary of
the New Testament, 1964-1976, Vols. 5-9 edited by Gerhard Friedrich, Vol.
10). Paul is telling us that the one who has made us blameless remains
committed to ensuring that we stand firm in His grace. Our Savior has
washed us and cleansed us from our sins, removing every offensive thing
(Revelation 1:5-6).

"Blameless" is a powerful word; here, in verse 8, it refers to being
without the stain of sin ('anegkletos'). Whereas, in 1 Thessalonians 5:23,
"blameless" refers to being without spot or blemish ('amemptos'). The blood
has washed us and loosed us from our sins, so that we are without fault
before Him. Our spirits and souls which were stained and marred with
iniquity have been made whiter than snow (Revelation 1:5, 3:18; Isaiah
1:18). Looking unto the Author and Finisher of our faith - Who has made our
whole spirit, soul, and body blameless - secures our place of being
continually kept by the power of God (1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Peter 1:5;
Hebrews 12:2).
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