“I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; that in every thing ye are enriched by Him, in all utterance, and all knowledge; even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall also confirm you unto the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:4-8 (KJB)
The apostle was writing to the Corinthian Church, saints, and was about to deal with some very difficult problems within that congregation. He was troubled by their popularity competitions about who was the greatest preacher, teacher. They had a problem with mystical revelations by emotional out burst, which caused trouble through confusion.
If you read the whole first chapter you will see that Paul does recognize them as “Saints” (v. 2), and in verse 2 you will see in the KJB that the words “to be” is in italics which means that was added into the text, supposedly for clarity and understanding. However, the words “to be saints”; at least to me; seems to be that some day in the future they will be saints. “Called saints” is the way it should read. Not by Paul, not by a pope or a religious hierarchy. Called saints by heavenly declaration, by God Himself.
The saint of God is an individual who is not perfect, neither without sin; but is daily being sanctified, set apart by God to honor and glorify Him. The saint of God never reaches a state of sinless perfection. The saint of God realizes that as we get closer to the Lord God just how sinful, and awful we really are, thus depending, relying, trusting the only One who can bring us to completion.
The apostle Paul notes to confirmations for the saint of God:
- That the testimony of Jesus Christ is in their waiting for the coming of the Lord;
- That because of their faith in Jesus Christ they are blameless at the day of the Lord Jesus.
Blameless does not mean sinless; but because of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus there is no condemnation (Romans 8:1).
Who are you in Christ Jesus? Has your faith in Him been confirmed by the Spirit of God, the awaiting of the coming of the Lord? He will complete His work in you, and find you blameless.