Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:22-23

“And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him.” (Colossians 1:21,22)

It is amazing to think that Christ makes us holy and blameless and above reproach before our heavenly Father. We know that we are unholy and full of blame. We are sinners by nature and by practice. We “once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds.” But through the redemptive work of our Savior, we are made holy and blameless and above reproach. How is this possible?

In Christ, we have experienced a total cleansing from all our sins. We have been made pure by His blood. Now our record is blameless. There is not one defiling stain or blemish on us when we stand in the presence of God. Jesus did not just clean us up a little, He purifies us completely. Thus we are beyond reproach because there are no charges against us.

All of this is possible because we have been justified — “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). This means that we have been forgiven of all our sins. The guilt and shame of our sins have been removed from us and we are not longer at odds with God.

But there is more to our justification than the forgiveness of our sins; the very righteousness of Jesus Christ has been imputed (credited) to us. We are fully righteous because we now have the righteousness of Christ as a cloak. When God looks at us, He sees the perfect righteousness of His Son; He sees us in the same way He sees His Son. As a result of the work of Jesus, we are now holy and blameless and above reproach!

Lord Jesus, I know that I am unholy, full of blame and full of reproach. Yet You have made it possible for me to be holy, blameless and above reproach by Your suffering and death on the cross. I now stand before my heavenly Father clean, pure and spotless. Thank You for making my justification possible by reconciling me through Your death.


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