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Blameless Does Not Equal Sinless (Luke 1:5-6)

Introductory Thoughts

Some people incorrectly conclude that someone is blameless only when he does nothing wrong, but the scripture teaches that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The Bible continues by stating that “there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Romans 3:12). In other words, no one ever born upon the earth, apart from the Lord Jesus Christ, has ever been sinless. This includes people like Zacharias and Elisabeth although the Bible does say that they were “blameless” concerning the commandments and ordinances of the law. How could someone be blameless and not be sinless? To be blamed suggests a failure to make wrongs right. As such, one can deduce that when Zacharias and Elisabeth sinned against the Lord, they did what the law required to make things right with God. They were blameless in the law.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): One day the Lord will change us to be like Him (Philippians 3:20-21). Until that day, we all have trouble with sin (Romans 7:18-20, 24-25a). John tells us how to be blameless (1 John 1:8-10; 1 John 2:1-2).
  • (For everyone): Are you sinless? How can you be blameless in spite of the fact that you sin on a daily basis? Do you make the necessary efforts to ensure that you are without blame?
  • The Bible says that Paul was blameless (Philippians 3:6) concerning the righteousness which is in the law. Yet, he was a sinner in need of salvation like any other man. How do you explain this seeming contradiction?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to help you concern yourself with making things right.
  • Ask God to show you when you are not without blame.