“For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” (Jude 4)
“For the grace of God which carries with it salvation for all men has appeared, teaching us that, having denied impiety and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, and justly, and piously in the present course of things” (Titus 2:11-12)
It is a common opinion today that all those who want to walk blamelessly in Christ before God are legalists…
Yes, according to many people, a Christian should flee holiness like an epidemic disease…
According to them, seeking to be blameless before God is a legalistic discipline…
I don’t know how this strange idea has crept in to communities that claim to be biblical, but it is there…
If the Puritans of the past lived to hear today’s theology about holiness — or rather unholiness,– I guess they would wish they never lived to hear it… or they would fight it with all their spiritual means…
I don’t know how, for many people, the Puritans who fought legalism have become legalists…
Today, for the majority of people, it is a sin to be a saint. If you live as a saint in Christ, you’re considered weird or fundamentalist…
But who is behind this corrupted theology?
Who is behind this hatred towards biblical holiness?
Who other than the evil one, “the serpent of old” (Revelation 20:2)?…
This evil one comes to us as an angel of light (see 2 Corinthians 11:14),
and it is his ministers who teach easy-believism or licentiousness as a doctrine of Grace, turning the Grace of God into licentiousness, as Jude 4 says. Jude 4 says that these people deny the Lordship of Christ. Yes, if you think about Grace as a license to live as you wish and to hate discipline, then you deny the Lordship of Christ although you claim to believe in Him…
Have you read above what Titus 2:11-12 says? The Grace of God does not mean that we won’t seek to be blameless before God during the whole of our lives… The Grace of God does not mean that walking in a disciplined way is a sin… But on the contrary: it is the Grace of God itself that TEACHES us to deny impiety and worldly lusts, to live soberly, justly, and piously!
Walking blamelessly in Christ does not mean to be under Law, but under Grace; it does not mean to be a legalist, but a saint in Christ. It is because we are under Grace and NOT under Law that sin shall not be master over us: “For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:14) It is really sad and shameful how, for many people, this verse has come to practically mean that sin shall be master over them because they are supposedly not legalists but are under Grace…
For the legalist, sanctification is the cause of Salvation; for the true saint, sanctification is the result of Salvation.
Do you understand the difference?… The former tries to be blameless IN ORDER to be saved; the latter seeks to be blameless BECAUSE he is saved. The former tries to be blameless in himself in order to be considered blameless before God; the latter knows that he is already seen by God as blameless in Christ, therefore he seeks to be blameless all the days of his life. The former thinks he will be justified before God by being blameless; the latter knows he can’t please God in himself, so he has put his faith in Christ alone in order to be justified before God and THUS to be blameless…
THUS the true saint seeks to be blameless and holy before God all the days of his life: “as he who has called you is holy, be ye also holy in all [your] conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16)
He seeks holiness: “Pursue peace with all, and holiness, without which no one shall see the Lord“ (Hebrews 12:14)
For the legalist, to pursue or to seek holiness means that you don’t have it already; that’s because the legalist does not have faith and does not understand how we are already clean in Christ once for all; he doesn’t understand how a true Christian is a saint…
Seeking or pursuing something does not mean that you don’t have it already. If I tell you: “Seek to educate your children”, I don’t mean that your children will not have any degree of education until you finish educating them (i.e. until they are grown up)… I mean: “Keep educating them, having as goal that they be educated”. In the same way, a true saint seeks to keep being blameless before God, to walk in holiness all the days of his life.
Indeed, for the true saint, sanctification is the result of Salvation.
And note it well: for the saint, sanctification is not an optional result of Salvation, but the only natural result of it.
If you’re truly saved, then you are saved for holiness in Christ; you are saved for good works that God has prepared for you to walk in them; you are saved FOR holiness: “For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has before prepared that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
You know?… There is a passage which is debated a lot… People use it to prove their point concerning the important doctrine of Election… And they talk much… And they write much… But I don’t know how many of them have noticed in it how God says that we are chosen FOR HOLINESS, i.e. to be blameless before God… That passage is this one: “according as he has chosen us in him before [the] world’s foundation, that we should be holy and blameless before him in love“ (Ephesians 1:4)…
Indeed, many have not considered well that we are chosen in Christ for a certain purpose… a noble purpose… we are predestined to be holy and blameless before Him! Yes, the same truth is passed unnoticed by many people in the following verse: “Because whom he has foreknown, he has also predestinated [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, so that he should be [the] firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29) We are chosen by God in Christ (elect in Christ) for a clear predestination: to be like the Son, holy and blameless before God.
Yes, we are saved for holiness in Christ. Salvation is holiness; Salvation is eternal life.
And eternal life is not a mere eternal existence. If Salvation meant a free ticket to eternal existence, then the unrighteous also have that ticket, because the unrighteous also will exist forever… but in Hell…
If life meant mere existence, then my table is alive…
Just as biological life means you have all what is related to biological existence, like breathing and moving and all other acts, spiritual life means to have all what is related to spiritual existence and relationship with God; it means holiness; it means that the one who has eternal life is in a permanent relationship with the Holy God, and thus he is holy like Him.
He who thinks eternal life is a mere ticket to Heaven, he is still dead in his sins, although he thinks he is alive…
He who thinks holiness is optional after Salvation, he is still dead in his sins, because Salvation is unto holiness. If one is not saved to holiness, then he is not saved at all, because he has not passed from death to life.
We are saved from death to life, from unrighteousness to righteousness, from darkness to light, from wickedness to holiness.
Yes, Salvation means eternal life, and not eternal death; Salvation means holiness. We are saved to be holy and blameless before God.
It is written about Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth that “they were both just before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.” (Luke 1:6)
Does this mean that Zacharias and Elizabeth were legalists?…
Is this verse written to blame Zacharias and Elizabeth for legalism, or to express God’s approval of them?
No, it is written to express God’s approval of them.
But does this verse mean that Zacharias and Elizabeth were perfect and sinless?
No… The Law teaches us that we’re sinners and that we need the Savior, Jesus Christ. And Zacharias and Elizabeth were walking blamelessly in this Law.
As I explained it before, so I will explain it again, so that there will not be confusion:
Those who are blameless in Christ fight against sin!
And they keep confessing their sins!
They know they are the foremost of all sinners!
They rely only on the mercy of God for Salvation!
They know that if they don’t rely on God’s mercy alone for their Salvation, then they will be lost! They FIGHT against this unbelief! For not relying on God’s mercy alone for Salvation IS unbelief.
They know they don’t deserve anything but Hell!
Because they don’t have anything good in themselves! Even now as believers they don’t have anything good in themselves, that is, in their flesh, as Paul explained.
Anyone who doesn’t have this attitude is lost!
Anyone who doesn’t have this attitude is NOT blameless in Christ, but he thinks he is blameless in himself and thus makes God a liar! “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us [our] sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10)
Anyone who doesn’t admit that, even now that he is a believer, he is still totally a sinner who in himself truly deserves Hell, such a person is NOT blameless in Christ.
Anyone who doesn’t strive in the way of repentance and holiness is NOT blameless in Christ!
Anyone who doesn’t confess his sins is NOT blameless in Christ, but he is to be blamed and even condemned by God in the Day of Judgment; and he DOES commit sin.
Anyone who doesn’t have this holy attitude of repentance and humility is lost!
He is not saved!
even though he confesses Christ…
You either are blameless in Christ, or you are NOT saved!
“That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.” (Luke 1:74-75)
“In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.” (Acts 24:16)
Our Lord Jesus Christ “shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:8)
“that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.” (Ephesians 5:27)
“so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ“ (Philippians 1:10)
“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:15)
“In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight“ (Colossians 1:22)
“Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.” (2 Peter 3:14)
Amen! The Lord Jesus is able to keep us blameless by His Grace until that Day: “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, 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.” (Jude 24-25)
All Glory to God our Father in Jesus Christ! Amen!
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