That he might present it (her) to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it (she) should be holy and without blemish. Is the church presently, without spot or wrinkle, holy and without blemish? When will she be presented as above and why at that time, will she be as above? What all will have taken place? Being the sentence begins with the conjunction, "that," what about the preceding verse or two is relative to the church at the moment spoken of in verse 27 being as she is at that moment in time? That is, "a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. One commentator had this to say, James Coffman, "The absolute perfection of the church is prophesied here; but the manner of achieving this is left out of sight."-----Is it? Another, Barnes, "(2.) The passage here shows us what the church will yet be. There will be a period in its history when there shall not be any imperfection; when there shall be neither spot, nor wrinkle, nor any such thing. In heaven all will be pure. On earth we are preparing for that world of purity; and it cannot be denied that here there is much that is imperfect and impure. But in that future world, where the church shall be presented to Christ, clothed in the robes of salvation, there shall not be one unholy member, one deceiver or hypocrite, one covetous or avaricious man, one that shall pain the hearts of the friends of purity by an unholy life. And in all the millions that shall be gathered there out of every land, and people, and tongue, and age, there shall be no envy malice, backbiting, pride, vanity, worldliness; there shall be no annoying and vexing conflict in the heart with evil passions, "nor any such thing." How different from the church as it is now; and how we should pant for that blessed world! ------Just when are those robes put on?