A most beautiful word that is rarely used in our vocabulary is the word “unblameable.” (Colossians 1:22) The reason it is rarely used is simple; there are very few who even come close to having lives of which this is true. In the kingdom of God and in heaven this word is very significant as it describes the host of those who belong to Christ. Robert Murray M’Cheyne put it this way in “When This Passing World Is Done“:
“When I stand before the throne
Dress’d in beauty not my own,
When I see Thee as Thou art,
Love Thee with unsinning heart:
Then, Lord, shall I fully know,
Not till then how much I owe.”
The beauty of which he speaks is the blameless and righteous life which has been attributed to all that believe in Christ. It is for this reason that Paul would declare so emphatically: “There is therefore NO condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
How can there be no condemnation, no finding of fault and consequent judgement? It is because in the eyes of the Father, and Christ, we are now blameless. There is no fault, nothing which can be reproached…no blemish, no sin.
You might say that these truths are wonderful, and so they are, but what benefit are they to us today? What is the purpose of the revelation of these realities to us in this day?
Firstly, this revelation is to fill us with the bright hope that one day Jesus Himself will present us to the Father “holy and unblameable.” (Colossians 1:22) There is coming a day when faith will be sight, and we will indeed put off this imperfection to put on freely, and wholly, the beauty of Jesus, His righteousness, His completeness. In that day there will be in us no fault, absolutely NO basis for accusation.
Secondly, God wants us to grasp the realities of heaven while we live today. His Word tells us that while we are on this earth there is but one remedy for our faults, sins, and blemishes. It is the blood of Christ. In that precious blood is the power of God to cleanse COMPLETELY, daily, hourly, moment by moment. It is in the measure that we trust Christ to cleanse us from sin, and keep us clean that we begin to experience Christ in His fullness. Does this mean that we will never sin? NO. But it means that that we can begin to know, at least in part, on this earth something of Christ’s life.
Our aim is to become what we are in God’s sight. God wants to bring heaven into our hearts. There are limits to what He will do. God may only give to us in the measure that we are able to receive. So the greatest limit is our faith. On this earth we shall never have a perfect faith. Yet there are great possibilities.
As we trust Christ for thorough cleansing from sin and for the fullness of His Spirit we can begin to know His blameless life. “Unto Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think according to the power that worketh in us..” (Ephesians 3:20)
Today, may we lay hold on the blameless Christ and our union with Him. Let us trust Him to “dwell in our hearts by faith.” (Ephesians 3:17) It was Amy Carmichael, missionary to India, who once said concerning the children that she rescued from oppression and slavery, “All my geese are swans.” May we understand that in God’s eyes, all believers are swans, in spite of blemishes, faults, sins, warts and all. And may we love one another in light of this blessed reality, being ever thankful to God for His unspeakable gift in Christ.