As I study the Scriptures, I have come to notice certain statements that I term “Purpose Phrases“. These are phrases that define the ‘why’ of a passage. One such passage is found in I Corinthians 1:8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. These Purpose Phrases often begin with the word ‘that’ and invariably reveal the answer to an oft ask question. I couple them together with other similar passages and have found some amazing revelations.
Let me illustrate this phrase, “that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” in the above verse. Other passages include;
- Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
- Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
- Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
- Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
- 1Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
- 1Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
- Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
These do not encompass the whole of the idea but they illustrate my point. When I was first saved I was told that we should try to be like Jesus, but then they added, of course we will never make it. That left me thinking, then why try. I have since learned by a careful study of the Scripture that we will make it. God will deliver us without blame before Him in love. I am not talking about sinless perfection in this world but of the final results of God’s work on us and how we will arrive in glory. God is going to make good His promise to deliver us a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. We are going to make it!