That you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ.
It is striking to observe how diversified are the appellations given to that day: "The day of judgment," "the day of wrath," "the day," "that day," "the great day," "the last day," "the day of God," "the day of Christ." Here it is, "the day of Christ" — the day that is coming, when He will give the crown of righteousness to all them that love His appearing. The day of His finished work, when grace brightens into glory. The day of Christ, when His doctrines will be made clear, no longer veiled in mystery, or troubled by debate; when the merit of His righteousness and sacrifice will be shown forth in the safety and honour of His redeemed and justified; when the splendour of His example will shine out full-orbed in the millions of imitations of that example, each one peculiar, but each one by grace made perfect at last, and all its perfection being the harmony betwixt itself and the example that had been set. "The day of Christ." The day of His triumph, every obstacle surmounted, every foe vanquished; the day of His recompense when He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall receive the joy set before Him, and "present to Himself a glorious Church not having spot or wrinkle," etc.
Parallel VersesKJV: That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;