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Monday, February 16, 2015

Blameless

Ever stunned by something that you have read in the Bible probably a hundred times?  Suddenly there is something there that you have not ever noticed.  That happened to me this morning.  But something else that has probably happened to you as well happened first.
Blameless
I was reading Psalm 18.  Not really.  I was looking at the words in sequence and the details of about three projects were really what I was seeing.  I started over about four times.  Each time instead of the content of the Psalm the content of the projects was pushing through.

I stopped and prayed for the Lord to help me to break through my distraction.  He did.  Boy did He.

Look at Psalm 18:30 – 32.  Notice how the way of God is described in verse 30 and how God makes our way in verse 32, blameless.  I have read that before.  I did not make the connection.  God makes our path, our way like His, blameless.

My first thought is that was after I came to Christ, that He made my life align with His purpose.  But the more I thought about it, the bigger deal it seems to be.

He makes all of my way blameless, like His.

Think about that.  All that you, well I, have done, all the shame that I have accrued, gone, blameless.  Like His way, because of His son’s blood, blameless.

For grins I just checked the Greek Old Testament, the Septuagint, the Greek word used to translate the Hebrew, blameless, appears in Ephesians 1:4, 5:27, Philippians 2:15, Colossians 1:22, Hebrews 9:14, 1 Peter 1:19, Jude 24, and Revelation 14:5, mostly translated blameless but also above reproach and without blemish.

We are completely blameless, past, present, and future.  No shame.  In His son.

One other thing.  Note that it is God who does this.  He girds me with strength, and makes my way blameless.  It is not of my doing.  It is His.

This is good news.  This is the gospel in one verse.

5 comments:

  1. The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from ALL sin.... How little I esteem the staggering power of that blood! Good post, Mike and so profitable.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this discovery, Mike.
    I would've overlook it in Russian translation which translates God's way as 'blameless' while my way He makes 'true'. As if translators into Russian could not dare to believe such radical idea.

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    1. You are welcome. I have not forgotten your question. Have not had time to give it the attention it needs... See today's post for why...

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  3. Funny how God calls His followers blameless and it is we who insist on holding onto guilt and blame. How much we all need to believe His estimation of us more than our own. Thanks!

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    1. Absolutely correct. I am interested in the connection here with Colossians 2:9 - 10. Still working on that.

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