Found Guilty and Set Free
Ephesians 1:3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
Sometimes, when I am reading the Word of God; I come upon a scripture that causes me to just stop in my tracks. The above verses caused me to have such a moment. Even though I know and have known for some time that I was made free by the blood of Jesus, something about reading it again here caused cold chills (the good kind) to run through my body. The verse that really got me was verse four where it says: “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love…”
I know what you are thinking, “Surely the pastor knew this before now? Surely He knew that we are free before now?” It’s not that I didn’t know I was free before now, it’s what is said in the language of this verse that got me. It says that “I am without blame.” In other words, it’s what it doesn’t say that really gets me. It does not say that “I am without sin, or failure, or bad days.”
It says that I am “without blame.” In other words, God knows that I will have some sin in my life even after I know Jesus no matter how hard I try. He knows that I will have failure in my life even after I know Jesus despite my best efforts. He knows I will have some bad days even after I acknowledge Jesus as my Savior. He isn’t saying I won’t have bad moments; He is simply saying that I will no longer be blamed for them. In essence, He is saying this:
“You may be found guilty in a court of law for your mistakes, but you will never serve time for it.” In Christ, we are found guilty and yet we are set free because of His sacrifice. Because of the blood of Jesus, I am no longer judged to death. Because of the blood of Jesus, I am no longer blamed for my transgressions. That is something to celebrate!!