KEY TEXT: Psalms 119:1-3 Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!
KEY THOT: In the OT, we are blessed if we are blameless. In the NT, we are blessed so that we can be blameless. Either way, the goal is to be blameless. So Paul writes: "Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 5:23). But to be blameless is not the same as to be sinless; to be blameless is simply to be without blame because when we do sin, we immediately confess, ask for forgiveness and are "cleansed from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). So to be blameless is to stay clean through the blood of Christ by daily repentance. But in order to know if we are blameless, we have to know the law of the Lord for it the law that defines what is blameless and what is not: "Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! (v.1)
It is imperative that as NT believers, we do not ignore the Scripture (especially the OT laws and testimonies) for in them we understand God's ways and God's will. We study the Scriptures in order that we can be blameless since we have been blessed by God's salvation: we have forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Spirit poured into our hearts. So we have no excuse for breaking the law of God since God himself has promised to keep us blameless by His Spirit. If we say we are blessed, then we have to show it by being blameless.
May we stay blessed and blameless in the coming New Year!