July 10, 2017
“just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.” Ephesians 1:4 New American Standard
It is who and what you are in Christ: blameless Who would make such a statement? Would you in your wildest thoughts ever consider your life blameless? And if you are, then what does that mean today? It’s already written upon your heart. It’s permanently declared over your life. It’s what makes the life of Jesus so outrageous in this accusative .. condemning world. You don’t earn it. You can never take credit for it. You can only receive it with indefatigable gratitude. It is a cross-sized promise made before you were born. Every blame .. every accusation .. and every blemish has been exchanged with Christ. It takes a lifetime to believe it .. and even then you will probably shake your head in absolute amazement. How could God make such a claim about you? Every transaction in your life has been scored through Jesus. It’s been said that His Voice silences every accusation against you in the heavens. There isn’t one blemish .. one unknown-to-be-announced-later violation .. or one molecule of sin that can be attached to your life. You’re free in Christ. You know what it cost. This world cannot stand or tolerate freedom found on a cross and no longer buried in a grave. To be blameless defies this world’s jurisdiction of justice. It’s no longer about right or wrong .. trying to be good enough .. or hoping to atone for your mistakes. Your life has become a corridor of grace .. open to all .. giving freely and generously to anyone. Today is but one moment where the life of Jesus-risen can be made real in you. It’s already true .. and it only takes a moment.
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy.” Jude 24 New American Standard
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Stumbling-Bumbling-Fumbling saints standing blamelessly with great joy. “Are you kidding me? Nope!” (firstname.lastname@example.org)