Ephesians 1:4–even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
What does it mean that we are holy and blameless?
Ephesians 5:27–so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
1 Thessalonians 3:13–so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
Holy—A most holy thing, a saint, pure
Blameless—guiltless, irreproachable, not chargeable in court, just, no condemnation
Jude 1:24–Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,
1 Corinthians 1:4–I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus,
Colossians 1:21–And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, Colossians 1:22–he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
We see from these scriptures some key words: He may establish our hearts blameless in holiness, He keeps us from stumbling and presents us as blameless. He will sustain us to the end, guiltless, we are not lacking in any gift, we are reconciled.
We are made holy and blameless from His grace. This is a gift. He presents us blameless and above reproach to God. We cannot make ourselves holy and blameless through our efforts. We are part of His body and Jesus will present the body in splendor, without spot or wrinkle, holy and without blemish to His Father.
Colossians 2:2–that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, Colossians 2:3–in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
One of those riches and hidden treasures is the gift of being made holy and blameless before Him. As He reveals the riches of His grace to us, He is gradually shifting our focus from us to Him, from our efforts to His gifts, leading us to enter the rest of His grace. We can rest in the fact that He has made us holy and blameless.
The NIV version of Col 1:22 says we are holy and without blemish in His sight, free from accusation. This is God’s perspective of us. What else matters?
How can this be? When I look in the mirror, I do not see holy and blameless. I do not feel holy and blameless. I have never had a fellow Christian call me holy and blameless. Through introspection I do not see a holy and blameless person. This is beyond my comprehension.
He made us holy and blameless through the sacrifice and blood of His Son. We may not see this through the natural eyes of our mind, but God sees holy and blameless when He gazes upon us because we have trusted in the death and resurrection of His Son. He loved us so much He sacrificed His only begotten Son not because we were righteous. When we look in our mirror, we see our own reflection; He sees the blood of His Son that makes us holy and blameless.
2 Corinthians 3:18–But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.
He is leading us to let go of our efforts to improve on His work, His grace, His sacrifice that makes us holy and blameless and trust in the power of His Spirit in us.
2 Corinthians 4:7–But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves;
Lord, we thank You for the many riches of Your grace that You have bestowed upon us through Your Son, Jesus. May we see ourselves through Your perspective. Thank You for transforming us from glory to glory. Thank you for sacrificing Your only Son for us because You love us. May You continue to open our eyes and give us the strength to see the depths of Your grace for there is power in Your love.