Holy and Blameless

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If you are like me, and the reality of the Christian walk being what it is, I’m thinking that you are, we all still fight the battle of overcoming sin in our lives. And it is a real battle, that all of us experience, daily, to varying degrees and intensities.

And as we draw close to God in His Word and in prayer, as God reveals of Himself to us, the closer we come to Him and He comes to us, the more we come to understand that which still resides within us, that is contrary to His holiness and will. And it is only when we truly try to meet God’s standard of good or holiness, that which is revealed to us within His Holy Word, that we come to increasingly realize, what makes us different from Him, and how, even yet, we fall short.

It’s exactly as the Apostle Paul says in Romans 7:22-25 NIV  “For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.”

The consequence of the fall is our fallen nature, and even though we have been reborn within our spirit, as long as we are in these physical bodies, we are still going to be subject to this nature that is within us. And, as always, we are reminded, not to walk in the flesh but to walk in the spirit (Galatians 5:16-17 NIV).

Yet, although acknowledging our sins and asking for forgiveness is common to all of us (1 John 1:9 NIV), I think our understanding of what is currently taking place within us, our standing before God now, because of what Jesus has done for us, and our eventual glorification, is not understood as it should be.

As Christians, we need to put our current condition and our eventual realization into it’s proper perspective.

And why is this important you ask? Because far too often we allow our current shortfalls to over ride the reality of our current standing and our ultimate hope and victory.

Let me explain.

Remember when a man approached Jesus in Mark 10:17-18 and called Jesus “Good Teacher”? Do you remember what Jesus said? “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.” One could think that Jesus could have accepted being called “good”, but He didn’t, because as in all things, Jesus always points us to the Father, who is all in all. Jesus was sent by the Father, He did the will of the Father and He was always obedient to the Father, even unto death. And ultimately, all that Jesus has accomplished will be presented to the Father.

1 Corinthians 15:24-28 NIV  “Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.

I want you to remember the statement of Paul where he says, “the last enemy to be destroyed is death”. We’ll come back to this later.

When Jesus died on the cross, and rose again, He became our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. The ASV and the NIV translate it this way:

1 Corinthians 1:30-31 ASV But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 1:30 NIV  “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

When we fall short, when we sin, we need to be mindful of what God has promised us about our sins. We need to be mindful that our holiness does not depend on our ability to measure up to God’s holiness but rather what God has indicated that He intends to do.

It is God Himself who will conquer all of our sins.

Colossians 1:22-23 NIV  “But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.”

Did you get what Paul said? We are reconciled to our heavenly Father by our faith is what Jesus accomplished for us by Christ’s physical body, through His death, so that we are presented to God as holy, without blemish and free from accusation.

When God makes us aware of a shortfall, a sin, that we need to confess and turn from, the purpose of that correction or enlightenment is to draw us closer to Him. Because we are in Christ, we are both sanctified and in the process of being sanctified. 

Hebrews 10:10-14 NIV  “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,  and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

The ESV states it this way … “For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

Notice in the last part of that statement that Paul makes, that he doesn’t say are holy, are sanctified, he specifically said “being made holy“. It’s a process. In God’s eye’s, because we are in Christ, we are both perfect and being made perfect.

But, and this is important, there is coming a day when God will totally and completely conquer all of our sins. And when does this take place? When the last enemy, death, is destroyed! And when does that happen?

1 Corinthians 15:52 NIV  “in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”

1 Corinthians 15:24 NIV  “Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.”

When Jesus rose from the dead, God demonstrated what lies in store for us. We haven’t realized this yet, and it’s not going to happen in these physical bodies that we now possess. We will be given new bodies, sinless bodies, glorified bodies, just like Jesus’ resurrected body.

That is precisely when death is conquered. 

1 Corinthians 15:42-45 NIV  “So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;  it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.”

With this understanding, then, like Paul, we can say as he states in Philippians 3:8-12 NIV  “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ  and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,  and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

And in the interim what are we to do?

Colossians 1:22-23 NIV  “But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.”

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 NIV  “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Disciple of Jesus, married to Peggy, with 5 grown up children, 7 grand children, ex-Canadian military and residing in beautiful Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. a.k.a. "Papa"

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2 comments on “Holy and Blameless
  1. Bruce, thank you for boiling it down to the truth that we are unable, but He is exceeding abundantly able to make us holy. The more we know about our Lord the more we grow into His likeness. Hebrews 13:20-21 adds to your thoughts. Blessings for a new and fruitful week in the Lord.

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