Ephesians 1:4 ... we should be holy and blameless before Him in love.
HOLY and BLAMELESS
Months ago I noticed a vacation magazine in America mentioning
something about 'Hornbill Festival' in Nagaland. For many that is all
they know of Nagaland. Even if a tourist come and experience the
Hornbill Festival, he or she still has not seen most of Nagaland and
knows very little about the State.
The above can be an
illustration of how many people read (or understand) a few selected
passages in the Bible and stop from there. Or say, let us narrow it
down to the book of Ephesians. Many people are aware of chapter 2:8-9,
the salvation by grace passage. The sad part is that their
understanding is incomplete and that is why they go back to the world
and live worldly and still think they have been 'saved by grace'.
Ephesians 2:8-9 is a wonderful passage, but if we study the book of
Ephesians in its entirety (instead of just a few favorite verses), we
will discover that a truly 'saved person' cannot and should not live
worldly. For example, if someone claiming 'grace' is still filled with
'foul language', he may still be in darkness (Ephesians 5:3-8). Jesus
warns us not to judge (Matthew 7:1), but we are admonished to check for
fruit in a person's life (Matthew 7:15-20).
One solid sign of a
truly 'saved by grace' person is that he/she tries to live 'holy and
blameless' (Ephesians 1:4). God has commanded that we should be holy
and without it no one will see God (1 Peter 1:16; Hebrews 12:14). Here I
would like to touch on the background idea of 'blameless' a bit more.
the Lamb of God (John 1:29), because Jesus was blameless, His sacrifice
on our behalf was a sweet-smelling aroma to God (Ephesians 5:2). (The
opposite is a stench in the nostril of God, defective worship, Isaiah
65:5). A person saved by grace is called to be a 'living sacrifice'
that is sweet-smelling (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 2:14-15). When the Temple
was standing, God will not accept an animal offering that is blind,
diseased, or crippled. The lamb or sheep for sacrifice must be
Remember in the book of Malachi, the people were
worshiping God in vain because they were offering defective animals,
because of which, instead of blessings God cursed them (Malachi
1:6-14). Scary, isn't it? When you come to worship God in Church, make
sure you are striving to be 'blameless' before the Father. From your
heart, praise Him and thank Him, and go out to do good works (Hebrews
13:15-16; Acts 11:29). The desire of Jesus Christ is to present you
'blameless' before the Father (Jude 24-25). Amen!