Jan
2013

The Greek word anenkletos

Found five times in the New Testament (1 Cor. 1:8; Col. 1:22; 1 Tim. 3:10; Tit. 1:6-7), the Greek adjective “anenkletos” meant “blameless” or “unreproveable.”

In 1 Cor. 1:8 this word means that when saved people appear before God they will be far more than innocent; they will be “unaccused” because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.  A similar point is found in Col. 1:22.  Paul used this word in 1 Tim. 3:10 to say deacons are to be “blameless” (there should be no glaring fault in their lives).  This same quality is associated with elders in Tit. 1:6-7.