8201 blamelessness

8201 blamelessness

A quality of life apparent in an individual against whom no just charge can be made. This is exemplified supremely in the blameless life and death of Jesus Christ. Though believers remain imperfect in this life, they are counted blameless in God’s sight on account of the atoning death of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ’s human life was blameless

1Pe 2:22 See also Isa 53:9; Jn 8:46; 2Co 5:21; Heb 7:26; 1Pe 1:19; 1Jn 3:5

Jesus Christ’s blameless life and death were the perfect fulfilment of the OT sacrifices

The lamb or goat sacrificed at Passover had to be unblemished Ex 12:5

All other animals used as sacrifices had to be without defect See also Lev 1:3; Lev 6:6; Nu 6:14; Nu 28:19; Dt 15:21; Eze 45:23; Mal 1:8,13-14

Jesus Christ’s death was as the perfect lamb of God Heb 9:14 See also Jn 1:29; 1Co 5:7; 1Pe 1:19; Rev 5:6; Rev 6:1

In the OT, the righteous were often described as blameless

Ge 6:9; Job 1:1 See also 1Sa 12:3; 2Sa 22:21-25; Ps 15:1-5; Ps 37:37; Pr 11:20; Pr 28:18; SS 4:7; Lk 1:6

God counts believers as blameless in his sight on account of Jesus Christ’s death for them

Ac 13:39 See also Ro 3:28; Ro 5:1; 1Co 6:11; Gal 3:6; Eph 1:4; Php 3:9

Believers should be blameless in their Christian lives

1Ti 5:7 See also 2Co 6:3; Php 1:10; Php 2:14-15; 1Pe 1:15; 1Pe 2:12; 2Pe 3:14; Jas 1:27

Paul, Silas and Timothy could claim to have been blameless 1Th 2:10

Officers of the church are to be blameless 1Ti 3:2; 1Ti 6:14; Tit 1:6-7

The administration of financial help is to be blameless 2Co 8:20

Believers will be presented blameless before God at the last day

1Co 1:8; Jude 24 See also Eph 5:27; Col 1:22; 1Th 3:13; 1Th 5:23

See also

2075Christ, sinless
2315Christ as Lamb
2530Christ, death of
5562suffering, innocent
6115blame
6118blemish
6676justification
6744sanctification
7434sacrifice
8277innocence
8320perfection
9240last judgment

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