By Shane Kastler
Are you blameless? Or are you a blasphemer? The Apostle Paul was both, at different times. Before he became a Christian he was a Pharisaic Jew who despised Jesus. He was also arrogant and self-righteous. At the time he thought he was “blameless” as it pertained to the Jewish Law (Philippians 3:6). But in fact he was not blameless at all. He was a sinner, enslaved to his flesh; just like you and I are by nature.
Paul was also a blasphemer. He wrote to Timothy saying: “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief.” (1 Timothy 1:12-13) Ironically, when Paul thought he was blameless he was actually a blasphemer. But once he came to see, by the grace of God, that he was actually a blasphemer…..he THEN became blameless.
The Bible says: “And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.” (Colossians 1:21-22) Those who are in Christ are “blameless” before God in one sense. Though we are still sinners who fall short every day, we are “blameless” because we’ve been granted the perfect righteousness of Christ. No one goes to Heaven based on their own merits. We only go to Heaven based on the merits of Christ. It is HIS work, not ours. It is HIS perfect life, not ours. It is HIS sacrificial death, not ours. God grants us the gifts that His son bought and paid for on our behalf. And in this sense we are blameless. That is, unless you are still a blasphemer.
Do you know Christ Jesus as Lord? Have you turned from your sin in repentant faith and are you following Him daily? The only way to be blameless is to be found in Christ. Turn to Him today. Live your life for His glory and know what it truly means to be blameless instead of a blasphemer.