Blameless at the second coming (1 Thess. 3:13)

“May God

So strengthen

Your hearts

In holiness

That you may be blameless

Before God

Our Father

At the coming

Of our Lord Jesus

With all his saints.”

εἰς τὸ στηρίξαι ὑμῶν τὰς καρδίας ἀμέμπτους ἐν ἁγιωσύνῃ ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ πατρὸς ἡμῶν ἐν τῇ παρουσίᾳ τοῦ Κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ μετὰ πάντων τῶν ἁγίων αὐτοῦ.

Paul said, “May God so strengthen (εἰς τὸ στηρίξαι) your hearts (ὑμῶν τὰς καρδίας) in holiness (ἐν ἁγιωσύνῃ) that you may be blameless (ἀμέμπτους) before God (ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ Θεοῦ) our Father (καὶ πατρὸς ἡμῶν) at the coming (ἐν τῇ παρουσίᾳ) of our Lord Jesus (τοῦ Κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ) with all his saints (μετὰ πάντων τῶν ἁγίων αὐτοῦ).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἁγιωσύνῃ, that means holiness, holy, or sanctified state.  Paul concluded this prayer by asking God to strengthen their hearts in holiness, both a moral and a spiritual holiness.  Thus, they would be blameless before God the Father, when the Lord Jesus Christ would return at his second coming, the end times.  Jesus the Messiah was going to come with all his holy ones, all the saints in heaven and on earth.  Some manuscripts had an “Amen”.  Will you be blameless at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, the end times?

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