1 Peter 1:10

1 Peter 1:10  •  2 min. read  •  grade level: 9
10Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: (1 Peter 1:10)The word here rendered "without blemish" is found seven or eight times in the New Testament. Twice it is used of our blessed Lord and Savior-in the scripture given above, and in Heb 9: 14, where it is translated "without spot." As the Lamb of God He was without blemish, the Lamb by whose precious blood we have been redeemed; and "through the eternal Spirit" "offered Himself without spot to God." In every other place of its occurrence it is applied to believers. Thus we read, in Eph. 1:44According 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 1:4), that God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, " that we should be holy and without blame before Him. in love;" in Phil. 2:1515That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; (Philippians 2:15), of "the children of God, without rebuke,* in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation," &c.; in Col. 1:2222In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: (Colossians 1:22), that God hath reconciled His people, to present them "holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight;." in Jude 2424Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (Jude 24), that we shall be presented "faultless ** before the presence of His glory," &c.; and lastly, in Rev. 14:55And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. (Revelation 14:5), it is said of the 144,000 who will stand on Mount Sion with the Lamb, that " they are without fault before the throne of God." Leaving the reader to follow out the teaching of the several scriptures, we may call attention to two or three things First, that our present standing before God is "without spot" -that God sees us, in a word, on the ground of the work of Christ, as spotless as He who accomplished it; secondly, that it is our present responsibility to be "without spot" ("without rebuke," Phil. 2:1515That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; (Philippians 2:15)) in our walk through this world; and lastly, that we shall be finally presented before God actually "without spot," entirely and perfectly conformed to Christ. What unspeakable and infinite grace!
E. D.
(* Some MSS. have a different form of the word in this passage.)
(** Another form of the word is also read here by some)