“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world; that we should be holy and blameless before Him.” (Ephesians 1: 4 Emphasis mine)
Scripture exhorts us to be holy and blameless. It has nothing to do with our justification in Christ, our salvation, but is descriptive of the character that is produced as we cooperate with the Holy Spirit in the sanctification process that begins once we are born again. He produces the character of Jesus in us. We stop loving sin and the world, satan’s kingdom, and start loving the Lord Jesus. We stop practicing sin and start practicing righteousness. We are gradually conformed to His image.
Our scripture locates where this character is desired: “we should be holy and blameless before Him.” Nearly all the scriptures associated with this phrase, or phrases similar to it, mention this context: “before Him“, when we “stand in the presence of His glory“, or “at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” or “until the day of Christ” or “that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory”. This all refers to us standing in His Presence after He raptures the church and the Judgement Seat of Christ occurs. The next BIG EVENT on the biblical calendar.
When He comes to rapture His people out of the earth, we will see Him in all His Glory and each believer will stand before Him to receive our reward or loss of rewards depending on what we have done for Him. It is here in His Personal Glorious Presence that the New Testament writers exhort us to be found “holy and blameless”.
The Apostle John saw Him in His Glory in Revelation 1: 12-16 and “fell at His feet as a dead man.” Following is a description of how Lord Jesus looked:
“…one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His breast with a golden girdle. And His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire; and His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been caused to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters….and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.” (Rev.1: 13 -16)
It is in His Presence that we are exhorted to “be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless”, (II Peter 3:14). Take a moment to reflect on this awesome meeting that you will experience as a born again child of God. To see your Savior face to face. The word of God says we will either be filled with exceedingly great joy and be able to speak or we will turn away in shame. Which do you want?
Father God, help us by your Holy Spirit to be found separated from evil and faultless in the Presence of Your Beloved Son. Help us to be found in love with Him and behaving in this age in a manner worthy of Him. In His Name we pray. Amen.
In our next post we will explore further the meaning of this exhortation to be “holy and blameless before Him“. I hope you will join us. Thank you for your valuable time.
“Do all things without grumbling and disputing; that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,..” (Philippians 2: 14-15 emphasis mine)
“Pay Close Attention To Yourself..” and “…Prove yourselves…”
God Bless You and Yours,