In the Old Testament, “blameless” is usually a translation of the Hebrew words “tam” or “tamin” from the root word “tamam” meaning complete or sound. Moral completeness involves a life of uprightness and ethical soundness, but not sinlessness. It’s a way of life that rejects wickedness and accepts God’s way to live by. When the blameless person fell short, this person followed God’s way of confession and proscribed sacrifices for restoration – Dr. L. Richards, Expository Dictionary of Bible Words, p. 128.
Remember that those who lived prior to the Mosaic Law (e.g., Job, Noah) had a limited knowledge of sin or what was considered sin at that time. And those who lived prior to Jesus’ earthly ministry (e.g., David, Zacharias and Elizabeth) also had a limited knowledge of sin (e.g., Matt. 5 – 7:5; Jn. 13:34). And those who lived prior to the New Testament Epistles (e.g., Saul/Paul) also had a limited knowledge of sin or what was considered sin.
“TAM” (Heb. for “blameless”)
Job 1:1, 8 How is Job described?
Could God say that you were blameless/morally whole as a way of life, and why?
“TAMIM” (Heb. for “blameless”, meaning integrity of life, moral completeness generally or entirely, or obedient to God, Psa. 101:2; 119:1).
Gen. 6:9 What does it say about Noah?
Would people say that you were a righteous person (one who believed God and His word, Heb. 11:7) and blameless (having integrity; obedient to God as a way of life, but not sinless), and why?
2 Sam. 22:22-24; Psa. 18:21-23 What does David say about himself in 2 Sam. 22:24 and Psa. 18:23?
Who influenced and enabled David to be blameless, Psa. 18:32?
Could you say about yourself that you were blameless (a person of integrity; keeping God’s commandments as a way of life and rarely sinning)?
If not, what do you need to do in order to be blameless like David, and how soon will you start?
2 Sam. 22:31 Whose way (all He does) is blameless (perfectly without blemish), and why (Psa. 99:9; Isa. 45:21; Lk. 18:19)?
[If you were Spirit-filled and lived 100% of the time from God’s divine nature that you acquired as a Christians at your conversion (2 Pet. 1:4; Eph. 4:24), then your ways would be sinlessly perfect/blameless too (1 Jn. 3:9).].
Psa. 101:6 Whom did David want to minister to (help) him?
What kind of people do you want helping, advising, working with you, and why?
Psa. 119:1 Who is blessed/happy?
Do you want to be blessed/happy? If so, then live blamelessly (obedient to God’s Word, the Bible).
Prov. 11:5 What will living right, by those who are blameless, result in?
If you want fewer obstacles and troubles in life, then live right as a blameless person (one characterized by integrity).
Prov. 11:20 How does God view those who live blamelessly?
Do you bring delight (great pleasure) to God because of this?
If not, what do you plan to do about it, and how soon?
Prov. 28:10 What will the blameless inherit?
Based on this qualification, do you think that you will receive a good inheritance, and why?
“TAMAM” (Heb. for “blameless”, meaning complete, finished)
Psa. 18:25 How does God show/reveal Himself to the blameless (those of integrity)?
Has God shown/revealed Himself as blameless (completely/perfectly moral/of integrity)?
If so, how?
“SHALEM” (Heb. for “blameless”, meaning devoted, complete, whole)
2 Chron. 15:17 How is king Asa described?
Will people be able to say that you were blameless (devoted to God nearly always, 2 Chron. 16:7-10) all your days?
“ZAKAH” (Heb. for “blameless”, meaning pure, clean)
Psa. 51:4 God is blameless (pure/right/just) when He does what?
Do you view all of God’s judgments as right/blameless, and why?
“NAQAH” (Heb. for “blameless”, meaning free from punishment, clean, empty)
Judges 15:3 What did Samson say he would be in regard to doing the Philistines harm?
However, was he really blameless (free from punishment), Judges 15:4, 6?
Is a person ever blameless when he/she takes revenge, Rom. 12:17, 19?
“TSADDIQ” (Heb. for “blameless, meaning righteous or just)
Gen. 20:4 What question does king Abimelech ask God?
Because Abimelech took Sarah as his wife in the integrity of his heart thinking he was blameless (doing what was right and fair) in doing so, God would spare him if he returned her to Abraham. Has God ever spared you from being disciplined for a sin you did in ignorance that you thought was okay to do?
In the New Testament, “blameless” is the translation of several Greek words with various meanings. There’s “amemptos”, “amomos”, “anegkletos”, and “aproskopos” – Dr. L. Richards, Expository Dictionary of Bible Words, pp. 128, 129.
“Amemptos” – is the Gk. word meaning “unblamed, one with whom no fault is found, particularly to the verdict of others upon the one.”
Phil. 2:14-15 Why should Christians do all things (that God commands us to do) without grumbling or disputing/complaining/arguing?
Are you proving/showing yourself to be blameless (without fault as far as others have judged you) by not grumbling about or arguing with God about His commandments in the Bible for Christians?
Phil. 3:6 The apostle Paul was found blameless (unblamed by others) regarding doing right according to (or which is in) what?
Could you say that you are unblamed by other people because you do what’s right according to the Bible, at least outwardly/visibly?
How was Zacharias’ and Elizabeth’s righteousness in the sight of God (due to their faith in God, e.g., Heb. 11:1-2, 6; Rom. 4:5-6) evidenced?
[“All” does not always mean all inclusively, as seen in Lk. 2:1; Rom. 15:14; Jude 1:5; Acts 19:27; 21:28; Col. 1:6; 1 Tim. 6:17; 1 Jn. 2:27; 1 Cor. 9:19, 22. Here, “all” means “in general”, as they weren’t sinless, e.g., Rom. 3:12, 23 – Matthew Henry’s Commentary, vol. 3, p. 332.].
Do you live blamelessly (unblamed by others) in all the commands and requirements, generally speaking, of the Lord given to Christians, and why?
1 Thes. 2:10
Toward whom did Paul, Timothy, and Silvanus (1 Thes. 1:1) behave blamelessly (with no fault found)?
Do you behave toward your fellow Christians in such a way that they can’t find any fault in you?
If not, what do you plan to do about it, and why?
“Amometos” is the Gk. word meaning “blameless”, living a life of ethical and moral completeness.
2 Pet. 3:14
Since God is going to destroy the heavens and the earth and make new heavens and a new earth where righteousness dwells (2 Pet. 3:10-13), how should Christians be found living by God?
If God were to do this today, would you be found living a life of ethical and moral completeness in character that reflects your spotless standing with God in Jesus Christ?
If not, what do you plan to do about it, and how soon?
God chose us (Christians to-be) in Christ before He created the world that we should be holy and what else before Him?
If you are a Christian, how does knowing that you are positionally faultless, free from imperfection/sin, make you feel, and why?
Christ gave Himself up to be crucified for us believers-to-be (the church, vs. 25) that He might present to Himself the church holy and what else (Col. 1:21-22)?
Do you realize that as a Christian, you are separated unto Christ as a spiritual bride and are positionally without blemish, free from imperfection/sin because Christ paid for them all by His crucifixion/death? If so, how does that motivate you to live your life?
“Anegkletos” is the Gk. word meaning “above reproach”, above being discredited; “one against whom there is no accusation; no charge has been made against this person.”
1 Cor. 1:4, 8
How will Jesus Christ confirm these Christians when He returns?
Will you be free from accusation when Christ returns for you?
If so, how do you know (Rom. 8:33-34; Acts 10:43)?
1 Tim. 3:10
In order to qualify as a deacon, what does a person have to be above/beyond?
Based on this qualification of being free from accusation or having a reputation for respectability or above being discredited, would you qualify as a deacon?
“Aproskopos” is the Gk. word meaning “not stumbling, without offense; blameless”.
Why does Paul want these Christians to approve the things that are excellent/best/right?
Are you approving things that are morally excellent/best rather than wrong or morally questionable in order to be without offense (not causing others to sin, 1 Cor. 10:32)?
How could you make sure that you are blameless in this way, 1 Cor. 9:19-23; 10:23-24?
Because Paul believed that everyone would be resurrected from the dead (to face God at a judgment, Acts 24:15; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rom. 2:1-3), what did he do his best to maintain?
Are you doing your best to maintain a blameless (unviolated; guilt-free) conscience, and why?
And if so, how?