Blameless

Why do believers still blame themselves for every perceived error or mistake? Why? Our Father in Heaven moved heaven and Earth to prove us blameless in all our ways. Did He not sacrifice His only begotten Son to remove blame from those who believe and receive Jesus as Lord? To continue the blame game is a fruitless exercise in futility. Better to accept that God chose believers to be saved, heirs, and His beloved children destined for eternal life.

God does not look at us the way we look at ourselves; instead He sees us as beloved children made in His image and destined for eternal life in the Kingdom of God. He sees us as complete and without blame.

In spite of our inadequacies, God sees us as a work in progress, a people being taught, trained, and honed to His purposes. He wants us to be all we can be, which is quite a lot. Even in everyday life, people can perform deeds beyond their imaginations. In fact people limit themselves for various reasons: indolence, feelings of inadequacies, wrong goals. So all right, only the specially talented can be stars in sports or on the screen, Carnegie caliber musicians, artists, best selling authors, and the like, but all can draw, play an instrument, write cogently and develop athletic skills. And who knows what talents lie dormant.

In Biblical terms, God sanctifies believers entirely, gives them the gifts to be world class Christians capable of performing, at least in part, to the level of Jesus and the Apostles. That is grace. With God’s training, believers rise to the level of maturity and blamelessness.

1Th. 5:23 ¶ Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God makes believers holy and sets them apart from the world’s ways and faithlessness. Note believers will be without blame at Jesus’s coming. If God finds nothing to blame, why should believers?

All that we are — spirit, soul and body — will be made completely blameless and holy. You know that if a person achieves much, he has the tendency to have a regard for himself that borders on self-adulation. But, when God takes a person who is fully flawed, and brings out his abilities, the person can take no credit and feel no arrogance for what he has become. Thus, believers are saved by an act of Jesus two thousand years ago. They are cleansed by baptism, washed by the Word and receive the Holy Spirit by Powers far above them. It is God’s Spirit that He puts into believers, both out of trust and to energize them on His wavelength, His Language. He makes believers blameless, so they cannot boast.

Jude 1:20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
Jude 1:21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.
Jude 1:22 And have mercy on some, who are doubting;
Jude 1:23 save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.
Jude 1:24 ¶ 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 1:25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Our Father in Heaven knows how He made believers with warts and all and with all their foibles. He called the believers; so He is not going to shake His finger at them.

Neither should believers shake their fingers at other people because they belong to God, one way or another, not to believers. Therefore, believers do not have to blame themselves, especially since God does not blame them.

It is Our Father in Heaven who is able to keep believers from stumbling. Do believers not trust Him to make them stand in His glory blameless and with great joy? Here is a definition of faith that brings believers a real life balm and incentive. (See Jude 1:24 above)

When believers try to be righteous under their own power, then they are self-righteous and worse arrogant because they think they did it. They are acting without faith. No, God must change peoples’ minds and hearts — He alone.

Scripture after scripture says believers are blameless, not because of their efforts but because of Our Father in Heaven.

1John 3:20 in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.
1John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;
1John 3:22 and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.

Rom. 15:14 ¶ And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another.

Scripture does not say believers are blameless and therefore do not have to perform righteous acts. But, whenever a believer makes a mistake, it is just that a mistake, not active rebellion toward God. Unbelievers always find an excuse not to do that which God lays out, whether it is working on the Sabbath or keeping Christmas or even putting their stomachs before God in eating unclean meats, such as pork and shellfish.

Remember God is able to keep believers from stumbling. The old ways keep infringing on what believers would do right and they err. So when believers miss the mark, and their hearts condemn them, God is greater than their hearts. Of course, when believers’ hearts do not condemn them, having the language of God in their hearts, they have faith and confidence in Our Father in Heaven. Leaving aside blame is an act of faith.

Blameless by Love

How do people become blameless? The reason is love, for God is love. God has love believers from the beginning of time and gives them eternal comfort, not just comfort from the world or for the now, but forever. He who covers sin does a great thing. By Jesus’s blood, sacrifice and death, God covers all sins to be received by receiving Jesus as teacher and Lord. This one act of salvation is the pinnacle of God’s grace toward all. From that time in history, no one need be blamed because the blame and penalty for sins has been paid in full forever. This fact of being made blameless makes a person strong and rouses them to good works, which God lays out before hand and before believers: instead of stealing, work hard to give to the poor; instead of lying, encourage people to good works.

2Th. 2:16 ¶ Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,
2Th. 2:17 comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.

To be perfectly clear: people are made blameless by Jesus’s blood and washed by the blood, the water of baptism and the cleansing of the Word.

Blameless by Promise

Faith and promise work together as one. We believe in the Kingdom of God as a promise because Jesus is coming in the future and the future cannot be seen. Since Our Father in Heaven is faithful, He will make believers blameless. You see God planned to call and choose His faithful ones from the beginning and foresaw their kinship. Therefore, He sees His adopted children as completely holy and righteous regardless of their evolving growth and status now. He will bring to pass what He knows will be.

1Th. 5:23 ¶ Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Th. 5:24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

Since God knows the future, His calling is irreversible. He would not call someone just to have them fail and cloud what God already knows what will happen. God’s faithful promises bring a steady faith and reliance in whom He calls.

1Th. 5:24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

We really should set our sights on the things that are above, not be inundated by the steady stream of Satan sophisms. Believers know that, in imitation of Jesus who died to make humans blameless, they receive exoneration of sins by being buried albeit in water like Jesus. Thus, dying to sins and arising from the watery grave, believers never again have to die for sins. The momentary apparent death of a believer brings a resurrection resplendent with a new everlasting body, not possible until the old body like a seed dies. Not only did God know what would come to pass in believers’ lives, He, in fact, planned it. For nonbelievers, their reliance on their misguided philosophies and selfcenteredness fail to apprehend God’s Truth and receive Jesus as Teacher and Lord.

Col. 3:2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
Col. 3:3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Col. 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

1Cor. 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
1Cor. 15:23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming,
1Cor. 15:24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.

Our Father in Heaven promises eternal life with a new body, a new heaven and a new Earth. The old must die and be replaced by the new, just as stealing must be replaced with working hard to give to the needy and lies substituted with the Truth. Believers like the farmer who plows his field straight by looking at the far side look to the far side, that is, the Kingdom of God. They desire to be all they can be in the Kingdom. They desire to be with Our Father in Heaven, Jesus, the Apostles, Patriarchs and saints. This desire keeps them focused on doing good and being diligent on keeping themselves blameless. Even when believers are not disciplined for each misstep, they know Our Father in Heaven’s patience allows them to make correction based on their sighting on the Far Side, not unlike a pilot who sights on the end of the runway to squeak his plane to a safe landing. Believers study the scriptures in order to learn how to please Our Father in Heaven and rebuff the error started by Satan and carried on by evil men. Never do they want to lose the Kingdom and especially the eternal relationship of Father and Son. This guiding principle of this immeasurable yearning to live in love based on promise keeps believers blameless.

2Pet. 3:13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
2Pet. 3:14 ¶ Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,
2Pet. 3:15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,
2Pet. 3:16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.
2Pet. 3:17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,
2Pet. 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Blameless by Suffering

In today’s world, the least little bit of pain must be immediately addressed and eradicated. But, sometimes some pain can have an efficacious effect. The body builder wants his muscles to ache or else they are not growing in strength and mass. The soldier risks wounds and death to bring freedom to his country and honor to his efforts. The scholar gives up much to study in his field, sometimes with pain. The athlete hones his skills with pain and sometimes plays hurt. There are numerous examples of people accepting or even wanting suffering for a good cause. Pain often brings people to their senses and makes them resolute in their walking with God.

Mistakes with suffering redouble believers’ efforts to renew and intensify their labors to achieve maturity and a life based on the example Jesus left in the Gospels. Only the self centered and self-indulgent lovers of themselves refuse to have anything to do with suffering or pain. Life must go on without any inconvenience much less painful problems. Believers know all things happen for good for those who love God and are being used by Him.

1Pet. 5:9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
1Pet. 5:10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
1Pet. 5:11 To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Blameless by Discipline

All the good intentions, all the defining events in one’s life, all the suffering, all the punishments, and all the admonishing and encouragement will have little long term effect if there is no discipline. Discipline in the sense of daily habits such as prayer, bible study, rehearsing positive and biblical concepts and even exercise and overall lifestyle can have enormous impact on a person’s life regards to righteousness and good works. When a person chooses a daily time to dwell on Our Father in Heaven’s promises of the Kingdom of God and eternal life, when a person chooses a daily time to read the scriptures and to pray earnestly, he provides the opportunity for Our Father in Heaven to bring a person to that stage of blamelessness He planned from the beginning of time.

How much harder does a lack of discipline make Our Father in Heaven’s efforts to guide His Beloved into true maturity and a vital spiritual life?

2Pet. 3:17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,
2Pet. 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

2Pet. 1:5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
2Pet. 1:6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,
2Pet. 1:7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.
2Pet. 1:8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Pet. 1:9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.
2Pet. 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
2Pet. 1:11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.

Acts 17:11 Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.

Luke 9:23 ¶ And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

Heb. 10:25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

In as much as Our Father in Heaven speaks to His own children, it is incumbent upon them to find a specified time to listen to His encouragement of their blamelessness and things to do and think of each day to grow into the ways of God as demonstrated by Jesus.

Blameless by Prayer

Paul, again and again, tells the Beloved in the Lord how he prays for their success in spiritual growth even as he notes how favorable Our Father in Heaven sees His children. Believers ought to follow Paul’s example and bless believers and ask Our Father in Heaven to help their growth in love and good works.

2Th. 1:11 To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power,

1Th. 5:23 ¶ Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Th. 5:24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

Phil. 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,
Phil. 1:10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;
Phil. 1:11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

The Blameless never Blame

Even as a person points a finger of blame at others, he points three back at himself. Often a person finds blame and annoyance in those who remind him of his own inadequacies. Finding blame misses the whole point. Who are humans to find blame in others, who belong to God — it is none of their business in finding blame in others. God judges! Only Satan and others who would wish to have God’s position, be god-like, without being Creator and Love, dare to judge without authority. Judging others is just plain idolatry.

James 4:11 ¶ Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it.
James 4:12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?

Rom. 14:4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

By Confirmation

1Cor. 1:4 ¶ I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,
1Cor. 1:5 that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge,
1Cor. 1:6 even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you,
1Cor. 1:7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Cor. 1:8 who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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