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 NASB
Blameless – This is a word that comes from the ritual of sacrifice. It is amomous. It means, “without a blemish or spot.” It describes someone who has been declared “not at fault.” It is the perfect word to use when we cry out, “Wait. It’s not my fault!” The only problem is that when it comes to personal sin, it is always our fault. So this word is also connected to another picture. It reminds us of the sacrificial lamb of the Passover, an animal that had to be without external or internal impurity. Yeshua’s sacrifice was the fulfillment of that Passover pattern. He was the completely pure substitute sacrifice for our sins. Now Jude tells us that because of this sacrifice, God will enable us to stand in His presence as if we were completely pure. Because of Christ, we will be considered “not at fault.”
The biblical text divides all humanity into two categories; just two, no more. We are either guilty or blameless. Standing guilty before God is not a happy affair. Isaiah recognized his unworthiness when he encountered God. He shouted out, “Woe is me for I am a man of unclean lips.” In the presence of God, the prophet Isaiah recognized he was guilty and if a man chosen to be the prophet expresses that kind of unraveling, how do you suppose we would fare? We are all unclean. The stain of sin carries severe penalties. But Jude tells us that there is another way. It doesn’t happen because we erase all those impure things from our lives. Our attempt to “make up” for our failures doesn’t erase anything. We can’t erase past disobedience and present rebellion. We are declared blameless because Christ makes us blameless. And, just like the Passover lamb, the only way that we can be made blameless is for something to die in our place.
Won’t it be nice to be blameless some day? Won’t it feel good to know that all those bad things we did, all those nasty words we said, all those hurts we caused will all be cleaned up and washed away? Can’t you just imagine how liberating that will be to stand before God without fear? But wait! That has already happened. Being blameless before God is the status we already have the moment we turn life over to the Messiah. He didn’t die so that some day in the far distant future we can come before God as pure. He died so that we can be pure now! Yes, I know, those old memories of terrible deeds still linger. But they are just memories, not present reality. We don’t have to hide from God anymore. We can stand up and say, “Father, here I am, all cleaned up because of your Son. Use me the way You wish.”
If you know the liberating power of being clean, you have no fear in front of God. You can enjoy His presence. He welcomes you. You get His “no fault” guarantee.
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