DayBreaks for 6/03/19: Blameless and Guiltless
From the DayBreaks archive, May 2009:
Psalm 32:2 – Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him.
Can you imagine what it would feel like to have never committed a sin? I can’t, either. But, I can imagine that it would feel quite different from anything we’ve experienced before. I’ve never flown by my own power before so I can’t imagine the freedom that an eagle feels, but I would have to think that it might be something like the exhilaration of being sinless and having no memory of anything from the past that wasn’t pleasing or honoring to God.
That being said, it is important that we consider a Scriptural perspective on sin and the believer. In The Gospel According to Job, Mike Mason noted that there is a difference between blamelessness and guiltlessness: “…blameless is not quite the same as being guiltless. Objectively these two conditions are identical, but they are attained through different routes. If someone is guiltless, it simply means that he has done nothing wrong. If he is accused of wrong, then he is accused falsely and that is all there is to it. But if someone is blameless it means something far more mysterious: it means that no matter how horrible his offenses may have been, all the charges against him has been dropped. Absolutely no blame attaches to him, because the very one he offended has exonerated him.”
I was pondering just today the dilemma of righteousness. Goodness knows that I am a sinner!!!! Yet God says that He has given me the “robe of righteousness” that is Christ’s righteousness. Many are the times that I don’t feel righteous. Many are the times that I don’t feel blameless, and deservedly so. The challenge for me, and possibly for you, is to believe and accept with a full heart that when God draped the robe of Jesus’ righteousness over my shoulders and over yours, that when God sees me, He sees me as blameless, guiltless and righteous.
I sometimes tend to think of degrees of blamelessness or righteousness. What folly! One is either blameless and righteous, or one is not. There is no middle ground, no gray area. The only way one can be blameless and righteous is for one to have no guilt – none at all. When God looks at me or you, He isn’t seeing us in our efforts at being righteous. He is seeing us as totally blameless and righteous – for He sees us in Christ, totally forgiven – so much so that no guilt or blame can attach itself to us.
Hard to believe and accept isn’t it? Doubt it? Check out Jude 24, which assures us in his wonderful doxology, that it is the Lord who is “able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious Presence without fault.” Glory be to God!
Prayer: Words fail me, Lord, as I struggle to grasp this glorious truth of a life in Your Son Jesus’ righteousness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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