Holy and Blameless
Ephesians 1:4 says “For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.”
I was watching Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill church sermon series Who do You think You Are: I am Blessed when something struck me from Ephesians.
We as Christians struggle to be like Jesus and we know as sinners we will never be just like Jesus. Jesus died on the cross in our place so we won’t have to be perfect to enter heaven. Forgiven.
Paul notes that we are holy and blameless in God’s sight. Inst that because Jesus died for us and that his substitutionary death makes us holy and blameless even though we can never reach that on our own?
I wrote the above after pausing the video and then after starting up again Pastor Mark says about the same thing. 🙂
These words come from Pastor Mark’s transcript:
“Ultimately, the world may not understand you as a Christian. Your unbelieving family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, they may not praise you, they may criticize you. They may not see you as living a life that is holy and good, but ultimately, we live for an audience of one. We need to take counsel from godly people, but at the end of the day, we should be holy and blameless before him. It is ultimately what the Lord Jesus says regarding our life at the end that utterly matters, and everything else is insignificant and pales in comparison.
But, Jesus is holy, he is without sin. God becomes a man, lives without any sin. And we are unholy, and Jesus goes to the cross and he dies in our place for our sin, and he trades places with us so that he has condemnation, we have salvation. He takes upon himself all of our unholiness and he places upon us all of his holiness. Here’s what this means: you don’t need to be perfect, Christ is your perfection. You don’t need to live a perfect life, Christ already has in your place.
And you are now, in Christ, if you are a Christian, positionally holy. God sees you in the place of Christ, and out of your positional holiness, you can live practical holiness. Because you are holy, you can live holy. Because Christ has made you holy, you can live holy like Christ. And I’m not saying that we’re perfect and we’ll never sin, and I’m not saying that this is something that we will ultimately perfect in this life, but it’s something we can make progress in in this life. Christ is your holiness and he makes you holy.”