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Colossians, Chapter One, Lesson Five

HOLY AND BLAMELESS          Page 4
V.22 (cont'd.)

Blameless - amomos means without blemish. It was used in the Greek Septuagint to speak of sacrifical animals and in the New Testament it referred to Christ as the spotless Lamb of God (Hebrews 9:14).

** We know from our understanding of 1Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:6 that an elder is to life his life "above reproach". How is the life of every Christian different?

It is not!! All Christians should have an "unindictable" lifestyle which is "Holy and Blameless" and above reproach.

** Can we accomplish that perfect standing before God on our own?

No - He accomplished it for us through the work of Christ on the cross (2Corinthians 5:21), but we are to live our lives in pursuit of that standard.

V.23 ** Those who refer to themselves as Christians are the recipients of this gracious standing before God, they are the ones He calls both "Holy and Blameless". But there is a qualifier to this gracious standing, what is it?

"...if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel..."

If we are genuine, living in a relationship with Jesus Christ and not just acting religious, He will bring us to glory! cf. 2Timothy 4:7, Matthew 24:10-13

** For the true child of God, Who is it that keeps us faithful to the end?

It is Christ Himself - "...He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:6) cf. Hebrews 12:2

** For our part, what can we do to be able to stand firm on the truth of the gospel?

We must spend our lives putting "on the full armor of God". (Ephesians 6:11 and 6:13-17)

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