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Can we be blameless before God? We are incapable of meeting God’s High Standards. He is Holy and Perfect. We fall short of His expectations time and again, because we are prone to sin. God knows that we are unable to please Him most times; but like children, we need to be receptive to correction and discipline. He understands our weaknesses, but He does not want us to make excuses for our sins, or to continue in them. He teaches us what is required of us, gives us many second chances, and equips us to be who He wants us to be.

“Those who fear God are sanctified by His Grace.”

8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in Mercy. 9 He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the Heavens are high above the Earth, so great is His Mercy toward those who fear Him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father pities his children, so The Lord pities those who fear Him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust (Psalm 103).

God has a soft spot for those who fear Him. He lavishes His Mercy on them, by not imputing their sins on them or meting out the punishment they deserve. God’s Mercy for those He loves is as immeasurable as the Heavens are higher than the Earth. Those who fear God are penitent and contrite. God removes the sins of those who earnestly repent. They are forthright about their sins. God understands that they are fallible, and enfolds them with His tender Grace, expunging their record and wiping the slate clean. Those who fear God are sanctified by His Grace. 

“We are blameless when we are in submission.”

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God Who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. 14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain (Philippians 2).

Now that you have learned how to seek forgiveness from God, work out the salvation you have received with fear and trembling. Understand the chastisement and discipline of God as much as you know His Grace. Keep His Commandments and perform them, without complaining and arguing. Don’t be obstinate, but submit fully to God. Do not be like those who are rebellious, perverse and recalcitrant in their sinful lifestyles. Shine as light in a dark world. Your obedience to God’s Word is your wisdom, instruction and guide to living a blameless life. 

Our lives are not perfect by any stretch of imagination, but we can strive to be blameless by doing what pleases God. He works within us, not by our own design; but He gives us the desire and will to perform what He desires. We are blameless when we are in submission. 

9 Then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your Will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right Hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

15 But The Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, 16 “This is the Covenant that I will make with them after those days, says The Lord: I will put My Laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin (Hebrews 10).

The Lord Jesus took away the sacrificial offering of animals, by offering Himself for our sins. The sins of the people were put on an animal, and it was killed in their place, for their sins. Instead of the people dying, the animal was sacrificed for their redemption. Christ did away with the sacrifices to establish Himself as the perfect sacrifice. He laid down His Life by doing God’s Will. He set the precedent for obedience that is requisite for all those who are being sanctified—they must lay down their lives to do God’s Will. By His obedience to God’s Will, there was no need for any other sacrifice for sin. So it is with us, that our obedience to God is the only sacrifice needed to make us blameless. By Christ’s sacrifice, we have been perfected forever to do God’s Will. 

“We have been perfected and sanctified for obedience.” 

We are being sanctified by His Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus now lives through us by His Spirit, giving us the will and desire to please God. He has established a Covenant with those who He has perfected—a Covenant of willful obedience. He has put His Laws in our hearts and written them in our minds. Our sins and lawless deeds are no longer remembered. We have no need for any sacrifice, or works that we must do to cleanse us of our sins. We have God’s Law in us to perform it by our submission to The Holy Spirit. The One Who came to do God’s Will abides in us forever. We have been perfected and sanctified for obedience. Our sacrifice to God is our willingness to submit to Him.

4 And The Lord has sent to you all His servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear. 5 They said, ‘Repent now everyone of his evil way and his evil doings, and dwell in the land that The Lord has given to you and your fathers forever and ever. 6 Do not go after other gods to serve them and worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands; and I will not harm you.’ (Jeremiah 25)

When a judge gives his sentence, it is terrifying. The offender must comply with the injunction or must serve the sentence that is handed down. Sometimes, a law breaker is let off with a slap on the wrist, and though it brings relief, the fear of repeating the same crime is palpable. God is justified to mete out His Punishment for those who break His Laws. He has already sent us His Son to warn us, and He continues to use others to remind us of what is required of us. He is provoked by idol worship and sin. Repent and forsake any evil way, evil doing and all that goes against God’s Ways. He warns us numerous times, by speaking to us through others, before He pours out His anger. 

10 Teach me to do Your Will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is Good. Lead me in the land of uprightness. 11  Revive me, O Lord, for Your Name’s sake! For Your Righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble (Psalm 143).

Can you admit that God’s Will is best for you? If we trust in His Ways, we can pray this verse as a prayer, teach me to do your Will, for you are My God. His Spirit teaches us what is good. He guides us to do what is right and acceptable. After repentance, we need to be revived; turn over a new leaf. From the ways of destruction to life in His Righteousness, we can now begin to honor God with a new transformation. We don’t just repent to return to our former ways; we get a new perspective, goals and motives—honor God’s Name and seek after His Righteousness. To remain in God’s Good Grace, we must resolve to stay the course.  

“The blameless life is a life of continual fellowship with The Lord.”

4 I thank my God always concerning you for the Grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, 5 that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge; 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, 7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 Who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is Faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Corinthians 1).

Life in The Spirit is life enriched with everything in Christ Jesus. We comport ourselves well, with the knowledge of God’s Grace; being cognizant of who we have become in Christ. What He has begun in us, He will complete, if we yield to Him. Christ will declare us blameless before God our Father, as we continue to be enriched in every area of our lives. As long as we remain in fellowship with Him, God is Faithful to give us everything we need to sustain this relationship. The blameless life is a life of continual fellowship with The Lord. As we wait for our Lord to return, we can live a life solely enriched by Him.

10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses (1 Timothy 6). 

When we are enriched in everything by The Lord Jesus, we set our affections on God alone. The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, because the love of God is replaced with that of money. God has warned us not to place any other gods above Him. Child of God, flee from the lust for riches. Pursue what God has already ordained for you—eternal riches. Lay hold of eternal life, by cultivating and sowing righteousness, godliness, faith, love, gentleness and the likeness of Christ. This is our high calling, and it will reap for us eternal rewards. Spend your energy, time and resources on all that Christ gave His Life for. He has promised to return, and reward us for what we do with all that He has offered us.

“Those who desire to be blameless must accept God’s chastening.”

17 “Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; therefore do not despise the chastening of The Almighty. 18  For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His Hands make whole.” (Job 5)

As undesirable chastening is, it removes folly with the rod of correction. Those who want to be blameless must take their lumps. They must accept God’s chastening. He will bruise us with His Hands and make us whole again. He will bind our brokenness, while we endure His correction, rebuke and discipline. He will remove the blemishes, impurities, sin and pride that mars our character. 

Yes. It is possible to be blameless before God. It is incumbent on us to repent, submit to God, yield to Christ and obey His Spirit. As we are being sanctified, we must also be chastised, when we deviate from God’s Ways. There are no works, or sacrifices that will cleanse us of our sins. When we remain in fellowship with The Lord Jesus, we become more like Him. We are enriched in every area of our lives by Him, so that we don’t set our affections on riches, sinful lusts, or make idols of other things. God is Faithful to make us whole; to complete what He has begun in us. Christ has perfected us by His death for our sins, and we are kept blameless by our obedience. 

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the Throne of God (Hebrews 12).

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