Holy and Blameless in His Sight
In my last few posts I’ve been sharing about God’s favor. In Ephesians 1:6 the Apostle Paul said that God has highly favored you, in Christ. What he’s saying means this: If you are in Jesus Christ, God’s high favor is upon you—you have been granted a special grace, now live that way.
In my last post we looked at Ephesians 1:3–14 and the snapshot of God’s favor Paul gives us in those verses. In this post, I want to expand upon one of his concepts about God’s favor—we are holy and without blame—because I think many of us get hung up here and consequently we don’t realize the extent of God’s favor toward us and consequently we don’t fully live the life He has for us.
Ephesians 1:4 says, “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” The favor of God is demonstrated for us in that in His sight we are seen as holy and blameless before Him in love. In other words, God, sitting on His throne, looks down on our life and because we are in Christ, He sees us as holy. He sees us as blameless.
When our heavenly Father looks upon those of us who are in Christ, he sees innocence, not guilt. He sees a person who, in His eyes, is blameless. He doesn’t see your past He sees innocence. Isn’t that awesome?
God sees us as holy and blameless out of His great love for us. He loves us THAT MUCH! He loves us so much that He chooses to see us as blameless.
Here’s the problem we have—we are so aware of our own shortcomings, sin and mistakes that we go through this earthly life not living in God’s favor. Instead we choose to live in our own condemnation. We focus on what we did and the Enemy who seeks to destroy is right there to remind us of it and take our focus away from God’s favor and onto our own junk. Here’s the deal: That way of living doesn’t glorify God.
It doesn’t glorify God when we walk around seeing ourselves as condemned losers. What does glorify God is when we say, ” “Lord, in the midst of all my sin, and of all of my shame, thank you that You see me holy and blameless in Your love. Thank you, Lord God, that You looked past all my shortcomings and all of my garbage. Thank you Lord that I’m holy in Jesus. Thank you for seeing me through the blood-stained glasses that You wear. Thank you for seeing me in Christ.”
When we live in His favor, it lifts our heads. It lifts our hearts. It lifts our spirits. It breaks us out of spiritual depression and spiritual bondage and we begin to live as a King’s kid; like we are the favorite of God.
We must think this way. If we don’t, God is not going to be glorified in and through us and people who need Jesus are just going to see more miserable Christians that only do something different than they do on Sunday mornings. God is saying, “You are holy. You are blameless before Me and loved. I chose you to be My own before you did anything.” That is what we must think about and act upon with our head lifted high. People will see a difference in us.
The Book of Proverbs says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Do you think you’re the apple of God’s eye? Do you think you are more than a conqueror? When you think this way, by His favor and grace that’s who you will be. If you are on some kind of self-destructive, negative thinking gonna do yourself wrong kind of thing, then that’s who you are going to be.
Chose to glorify God, lift your head and realize that in His eyes, you are holy and blameless. That’s God’s favor.