Friday, March 13, 2009

2009 Lenten Devotional and Prayer Guide

March 13

 

...to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”  (Ephesians 5:27)

 

Jesus desires a radiant bride, a church that is filled with the glorious things of God.  It is amazing how often that involves the absence of some things.  In the illustration of clothing, it would be stain, wrinkle, or blemish.  Jesus is at work in the church today for the purpose of making us holy and blameless.

 

Holiness is the distinguishing characteristic of God that sets God apart from all creation.  While most things are common, some things are holy.  We, as God’s people, are designed to be holy.  Blameless is probably not the best understanding of what this text means since “blame” is subjective in the eye of the accuser.  Probably the idea refers back to without stain, wrinkle, or blemish.  In other words, when the inside is clean, the outside will follow. [Written by: Pastor Dan]

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