Unblamable and Unreprovable
Are we without fault? Can we as a person and being a part of a church congregation, claim that we are no longer a sinner?
(Romans 7:14-17 WEB) 14For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15For that which I do, I allow not: for what I would, that I do not; but what I hate, that I do. 16If then I do that which I would not, I consent to the law that [it is] good. 17Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Paul started out in this scripture passage saying he was “carnal, sold under sin”. He then ends this passage seemingly implying that he is no longer a sinner, but that his carnal nature still rules. Indeed as a saint he is guiltless in the eyes of God. But we all know our sin nature is always looking for an opening to take control of our lives.
(Colossians 1:21-23 WEB) 21And you, that were formerly alienated and enemies in [your] mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled, 22In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in his sight: 23If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and [are] not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, [and] which hath been preached to every creature which is under heaven; of which I Paul am made a minister;
In spite of our battle with sin we are still “unblamable and unreprovable in his sight”. We not only have hope, but a sure hope, an assurance of our salvation and a home prepared for us in Heaven. Dwelling on this point and the joy we share with the saints is like driving down the highway and staying in the lane. When we doze off and don’t keep our eyes on the prize we’ll end up in the ditch (best case scenario) and spend some time and money getting out of the ditch.
And when we end up in a spiritual ditch, Satan desires to keep us there through our shame. Guilt corrects us, but shame holds us away from God’s shining light.
When we end up in a spiritual ditch we need to first figure out how we got there. Satan has an easy answer, “don’t waste time or money, just realize this is your new zone of comfort. After all no one will take you back, God is ashamed of you, and so is the church, your family, and your previous friends”.
(Psalm 19:12-13 WEB) 12Who can understand [his] errors? cleanse thou me from secret [faults]. 13Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous [sins]; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Psalms 19 describes how we get into a ditch. But it also is a prayer that our sins don’t hold on and dominate us. The psalmist himself expects God to get us “back on the road again”. And just like the song we’ll again long for “home” and be back in God’s graces. We already have a place prepared for us. But we choose the smooth road (no orange barrels) or the rocky road while we’re still on earth.
I’m praying for the smooth road.
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