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Imagine a life where you are considered holy and blameless in God’s eyes. A life where you are above reproach. A life of holiness. Can you imagine that? Many of us can’t, at least not when we look at ourselves. But that is exactly what we are told in the Bible we are. What does it really mean to be holy and blameless?
What Does it Mean to be Blameless?
Colossians 1:21-23 says:
“And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 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, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard…” ESV
The New Living translation puts it this way:
“This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.” NLT
Both these versions obviously say the same thing with different wording, but I wanted to include the NLT for emphasis.
What does it mean to be blameless in summary? It is saying that at one time, before being saved, we were apart from God, enemies of God even. Our sin kept us separated from Him and created that enmity.
BUT…now we are redeemed, reconciled to Him by the physical death of Jesus. In other words, Jesus became the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Our sins, your sins, my sins! He took them on Himself and became our sacrifice to free us from them, not once a year on the Day of Atonement but for eternity!
AND we are holy and blameless in God’s eyes, without a single fault! Blameless! Holy! Not a single fault is found in us!
Blameless by Definition
In the Greek language, the word “blameless” is amōmos and it means, according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance:
without blemish, as a sacrifice without spot or blemish
morally: without blemish, faultless, unblameable
How amazing is it that the word blameless used here is the same word used to describe a perfect sacrifice? It is the same word that describes Yeshua (Jesus), which makes sense because in God’s eyes he sees us through Him! When He looks at us, He sees us through the lens of Yeshua!
To God, a follower of Yeshua is spotless and without blemish as He is!
Do you feel without spot or blemish?
You Must Continue to Believe This
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us. NIV
Colossians goes on to say BUT…you must continue to believe this!
Do you believe this?
Can you believe that He paid the price ONCE and because of that price He paid you are holy and blameless, without fault?
Or does the enemy come in with his lies and distortions and make you feel as though you have to keep beating yourself up whenever you make a mistake?
Does he make you feel as though you haven’t DONE enough to earn God’s favor? Make you feel as though you haven’t atoned long enough?
Or does he make you feel as though you are just too far gone for God to be able to use you?
“BUT…you must continue to believe this truth AND STAND FIRMLY IN IT.”
Believing Your Are Holy and Blameless Means Standing on the Word
Stand on His Word! Stand on His promises! Plant your feet firmly on the Gospel of truth and not the lies of a pitiful enemy who knows his time is short!
“Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” ESV
He’s on borrowed time and he knows it! But you…oh you have eternal life! And he wants nothing more than to make you doubt that, to make you question that! To make you question God’s Word! To make you question your worth in Him!
Armor up warrior of God because His Word is true and it is right and God is not a man that He should lie but the devil is the father of lies!
“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” ESV
“When he (the devil) lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” NIV
Lies…many of us have heard them all our lives. I know I have.
Yes, sometimes it is people who say mean things and even abuse us with their words. However, the real enemy is not flesh and blood.
Ephesians 6:12 says:
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” ESV
You’re not pretty enough!
You are not thin enough!
Why would anyone want to be your friend?
You’re not smart enough to do that job!
God would never want to use someone who has made the mistakes you’ve made!
You’ll never find love!
These and all their variations are pure lies from the chief liar!
You are holy and blameless in God’s eyes! You are a child of the one true living God. To believe you are anything different is believing a lie from a very good, very skilled twister of truth!
Living Holy and Blameless Means Silencing the Lies!
So how do you silence the lies that you have heard for years?
How do you see yourself in a way you maybe never have been able to before?
Is it possible after ALL you’ve done to ever look at yourself in the mirror and see anything but a mess?
Yes! It is possible! In God’s eyes you are righteous and God can redeem the sense of worth in Him that the enemy has stolen! Nothing is too difficult for God!
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” ESV
Is anything too hard for Him? It may not seem possible for YOU but it IS possible for Him.
When the enemy comes at you with lies, tell Him who you are in Jesus. Jesus fought the enemy’s temptings with the Word of God. Should we not also do the same?
Remind him of who you are in God’s eyes, not the world’s, and use the Word to do it!
Holy and Blameless Amidst the Darts of the Enemy
Put on the armor of God so you can battle the enemy and his lies.
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” ESV
Armor of God – One Weapon
The sword of the Spirit IS the Word of God. It is the only weapon listed in this list of armor. It is the only weapon we need.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” NIV
The Word is the only weapon you will ever need.
You are holy and blameless in God’s eyes. The Word of God tells you so.
Now all you need is to…
“continue to believe this truth AND STAND FIRMLY IN IT.”
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