Blameless. This has the power to overwhelm us with the love and grace of God. Believers in Jesus Christ are already blameless in God’s sight. Let me say that again. According to the Scriptures, believers in Jesus Christ are already blameless in God’s sight.
If you believe in Jesus, right now God sees you as blameless. You may not feel blameless. You may not act blameless. You may not be living a blameless life. We’re all in process. But if you’re a believer in Jesus Christ God sees you right now as blameless with all your sin – past, present, and future – completely paid for by Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.
God sees you and me through the blood of his Son Jesus. That is our position in Christ. And nothing we do or don’t do can change that. That truth blows my mind! And so when God commands us to live a blameless, holy life he’s asking us to make our day to day experience with Christ consistent with our current position in Christ. In Ephesians 1 we read,
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. (Ephesians 1:1-4)
Were the Christians in Ephesus perfect people? No, far from it. They were ordinary, messed up sinners just like you and me. But Paul calls them holy people because they were “in Christ.” The word holy means “separate.” They were separate and blameless in God’s sight. And that’s the way God sees us right now if we are “in Christ.” He sees us as separate from everybody else. Set apart to live differently than the world.
Are you “in Christ?” I not asking if Christ is in you, but are you “in Christ?” If you are, then you’ve been chosen before the creation of the world. You and I and everybody who believes in Jesus have been picked to be holy and blameless in his sight. Being in Christ and chosen by Christ goes much deeper than any surface or exterior experience. Paul says (vs5) that God adopted us into his family.
In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will — to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. (Ephesians 1:5-6)
God sees you as holy and blameless and God has adopted you into his family because he really, really wanted you. And your adoption is not because of anything you’ve done. It’s all to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
It’s all because of grace. Let God’s grace overwhelm you and He will give you both the will and ability (Philippians 2:13) to live a blameless life. God wants us to make our day to day experience with Christ consistent with our current position in Christ. Blameless. That is why he gave us the Holy Spirit (John 16:13)
Our adoption into God’s family has come at a great cost. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. (Ephesians 1:7-8)
I love that word “lavish.” God has gone way over the top showering us, smothering us, soaking us with his grace. Not only have we been chosen by the Father, but we have been redeemed by his Son. God was willing to pay the highest price imaginable that we would be forever secure in his family, the death of his very own Son.
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins.” We don’t talk a lot about redemption in our culture, but when Paul wrote this letter redemption was a huge deal because he lived in an economy that was driven by slave labor. There were some 60 million slaves in the Roman Empire in Paul’s day. One out of every 4 persons was a slave and they were bought and sold on the Roman Craig’s list. They were treated like property, not like human beings, and often given less care than cattle.
Occasionally, not very often, someone out of the kindness of their heart would purchase a slave for the sole purpose of releasing them. They would redeem the slave, buy the slave, and then give that slave a document setting them free. It was not something that the slave could earn or work for. It was totally dependent upon the kindness and grace of the master.
One of the benefits of being “in Christ” is freedom. The biblical picture is that we were once slaves to sin. It was our slave master and we were unable to break free. We were behind bars and there was nothing we could do to break out. But then God came along and by his glorious, lavish grace paid the purchase price to set us free. And that price was the blood of his only Son, the life of Jesus Christ laid down for you and me.
My friend, when we put our faith in Jesus we are “in Christ.” Nothing and no one can take us out of Christ. We are in the family for good. We can’t lose our salvation or forfeit our eternal life. It’s eternal. And because of what Jesus did for us on the cross God sees us through his blood right now as holy and blameless.
Believers in Jesus Christ are already blameless in God’s sight. And now God wants us to make our day to day experience with Christ consistent with our current position in Christ. And it all starts with the cross. Come to Calvary’s tree and let Jesus overwhelm you with his lavish love and glorious grace today.