DECEMBER 5

That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.— Ephesians 5:27.

In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and un-blamable and un-reprovable in his sight.— Col. 1:22.

     Here are eight different terms to express the final state of the church: “glorious,” “spotless,” “with- out wrinkle,” “without any such thing,” “holy,” “without blemish,” “un-blamable,” “un-reprovable;” and Jude has one more adjective— “faultless.” Think of it. Even you are to be presented faultless before the presence of his glory.  The presence of God’s glory is so awful that when Daniel himself, the nearly perfect man in Babylon, was confronted with the vision of the glory, he says, “My appearance was turned into corruption, and there remained in me no more strength.”  The very things that he had prided himself upon,— his virtue, his morality, the excellence of his character, and the blamelessness of his life,— when the glory of the Son of God beat upon him, lost their beauty, and his very comeliness was turned into corruption. And the holy man of God, John, who leaned on the breast of Jesus at supper, tells us that when he beheld the vision of the glory of the Lord he “fell at his feet as dead.”   And yet— astounding fact!— you and I are to be presented faultless before the presence of that same glory.  It will remove the last taint or scar of sin, so that even God cannot find a remnant of sin, not a trace of guilt, not even a scar left by the wounds of sin on your soul, in your final, ultimate, glorious perfection,

Arthur T. Pierson.

(photo by Nico Frey)