Blameless. Innocent. Pure. Undefiled. That is what we are.
Paul wrote to the Colossians, “He has reconciled you in his fleshly body through death to present you holy, blameless, and beyond reproach, if you continue in the faith, not moved from the hope of the gospel.” To the Ephesians he wrote, “He has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing, for he chose us in Christ, before time began, to be holy and blameless in his sight.”
What about if we sin? How about then? Providing it is an issue that we are allowing God to work on with us, and we confess it; then, we are still holy, blameless, and beyond reproach. The writer of Hebrews warns about sinning willfully; unrepentant, willful sin will reap God’s judgement whether we are in Christ or not.
The Father and Jesus know full well the powerful pull of the desires of the flesh, and they are fully equipped and fully prepared to fight with us in our struggles.
They just don’t want to be excluded from the fight.
Even in ancient Israel, it was an insult to one of the tribes not to be invited to participate in the nation’s wars. What Our Father hates above all is to be forgotten. Even we do not like to be ignored.
If we will rejoice in our righteous standing before Our Maker, it will be the greatest deterrent to willful sin.
It is when we don’t know where we stand that we are tempted to give in to sin. As we learn just how righteous and holy and redeemed we are through our trust in Christ’s sin atoning sacrifice, the allure of sin loses its potency. Instead, we are drawn deeper and deeper into Our Savior’s love. And the end result is that we are “filled with the fullness of God.”
~ Brad Heilhecker