What does it mean to be “blessed” by God? God giving you stuff? Answering your prayers? Keeping you from getting sick? Those are great things, for sure, but the word “bless” as it’s used many places in the scripture, means “to speak well of.”
Blessed means God speaks well of me? Really? What have I done to deserve that?
It’s kind of hard to believe God speaks well of us sometimes. God has every right to speak condemnation and judgment on me. I mean, isn’t that little voice telling me how bad I am the voice of God? And don’t I have to do something spectacularly good for God to speak well of me?—like give everything I own to the poor, or give some stranger a kidney or something?
Ever feel like you’re a big, fat, phony?
Others see you on your best behavior: smiling, oozing kindness and consideration. They brag on you. Tell you how great you are. But they don’t know the real you. You know the real you. You’ve seen her when the façade is fractured. When that nailed-on smile has slipped. You’ve seen her at her worst and you want to tell them, “Hey, don’t be fooled. I’m not that. I’m something else altogether, and you wouldn’t like it.”
But God doesn’t see us the way we see ourselves!
So what is it?
When God speaks well of believers is He speaking the truth or is He just speaking insincere platitudes? —like people speak at funerals. The guy in the coffin might have been a real scoundrel, but no one’s going to point that out in front of a house full of weeping relatives!
No. God doesn’t flatter with His words. He creates with His words. His words are powerful, and He certainly doesn’t throw them around unintentionally.
But how can He speak well of us when we’re failing on every front?
He can do it because we are “in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, the blessed in “blessed us in Christ” means to “speak well of; to invoke a benediction upon.”
The next verse Ephesians 1:4 says, “He chose us—actually picked us out for himself as his own—in him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy . . . blameless in his sight, even above reproach before him in love.” Amplified
Imagine! Before He even created the world, He chose us. That in itself is an amazing fact. God chose us before we ever existed. If that doesn’t make us feel special, nothing will. He picked us out for Himself.
When I was a young child, I was afraid of the dark. I remember looking towards the ceiling of my room and praying to God and being aware that He was there watching over me. I had not yet accepted Christ as my Savior, but He was still watching. He had chosen me before He separated the waters or said, “Let there be light,” and He loved me.
But what did He choose me for? What did He choose every believer for?
According to the scripture we just read, He chose us to be holy and blameless in His sight.
Think about the word blameless. Who is blameless? Do you know anyone that could be categorized as blameless? Completely blameless? Not even Mother Teresa could lay claim to being without any blame at all.
But God says we were chosen to be blameless.
We didn’t yet exist. We had done nothing to “earn” such a status.
But God says to the rest of the Trinity or to the angels or whoever is listening (maybe Satan?—could be why he fights us so hard!) that Marilyn is going to be born in a place called Idaho in such and such a year (not telling!) and I am going to make her blameless in My sight.
If that’s true of me and of every Christ-believer, we should be overjoyed. So full of joy it’s just spilling out of us. We should be so full of joy we can’t help but raise our hands in praise to God for this incredible gift!
So how does it work? How does God achieve this goal of “blamelessness” in us?
We know this. But do we KNOW this?
He achieves it through the blood of Christ, His Son.
Jesus was blameless. Completely and wholly blameless. That’s why His blood was accepted as a sacrifice for our sins. He lived a blameless life, but He died a sinner’s death. And He did that so we could be blameless. Not by any effort of our own. He knew we just couldn’t do it, no matter how hard we tried. So He did it for us. All we had to do was repent, and He even helped us with that. John 6:44.
So, when God speaks well of us, it’s because He sees us through the blood of Christ. Jesus was blameless. When God looks at us, He doesn’t see our sins. He sees the blood that was shed to make us blameless.
I fear there’s a concerted effort these days to undermine the efficacy of the cross. In fact, there’s not a lot of talk about the cross over many pulpits. It’s out of vogue. And it’s divisive isn’t it?—saying that Christ’s shed blood is the only way to salvation? I wonder who has a vested interest in drawing people away from the cross. Hmmm.
Ephesians 1:7-8 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us . . .
God bestows His grace on us. He bequeaths it. He donates it. He imparts it. It’s a gift. It’s not something we can achieve by works. We can’t earn blamelessness! We’re blameless because Christ is blameless, and we are in Christ.
When we agree with God about our condition in Him, we can begin to see ourselves as God sees us.
And we’ll begin to act more like Him! But this is a discipline because what we see with our own eyes tells us something different. It may seem disingenuous or even blasphemous to us to count ourselves blameless, but we’re not boasting in ourselves. We’re acknowledging the sacrifice that was made for us on the cross!
We want to encourage you to spend some time contemplating this. Thank God every day that you are “in Christ.” When Satan accuses you, remind Him that God doesn’t see your sin through the blood of Christ. He carried your blame, and He gave you righteousness! Let it work out in your life. The more you focus on the grace of God, the less you’ll focus on your human frailty, and the more Christ-centered you’ll become.
Thank you, Jesus, for taking our blame on the cross!
Here’s a short message from Rebecca on her struggle to walk in this truth.
Believing I’m blameless because Christ is blameless is something I’ve wrestled with for years. Why?–you ask. Weren’t you raised to believe this, Rebecca?
I learned at a young age to just try to “be good.” And if I wasn’t good—to be really good at not getting caught! Ha! Ha!
Years ago, I started to realize that I couldn’t earn God’s love and the love of others. The amazing knowledge that I didn’t have to try has led me to true repentance of my pride in thinking I could. Who do I think I am anyway?
I still have to battle against this way of thinking. The enemy knows my weakness, and he’s always trying to mess with me in this area. He will never win though! I believe what God says to be true, so I have to refute the lie with God’s truth daily.
Here are a few examples of the lies the enemy throws at me:
The enemy says:
“You know telling others that you have a troubled marriage makes you look weak. You shouldn’t talk about it. People aren’t going to look to you for advice if they think you don’t have your own crap together”.
“Just don’t let people know that your adult children are struggling with spiritual matters. They’ll think that you didn’t raise them right. Just act like everything’s fine”.
The devil is such a loser! He even uses the Word of God against me by saying things like, “Maybe you just haven’t repented enough. You know what the Bible says, but you don’t even follow it completely yourself. How do you expect your kids to do it?”
Ugh! The struggle is real folks!
This is one of the reasons my mom and I came up with Mindful Mutterings. I’ve had to learn to come against these lies with God’s truth. And that truth is that God says He took my blame on the cross, so I don’t have to believe it when the enemy tells me otherwise.
Wow-what a relief! I feel like we should title this post “You’ve repented. You’re blameless. Now go take a nap!” Haha!!
My mom and I challenge you to study the scriptures we’ve given you. Never take our word for it! And find that freedom to be able to say, Thank you Jesus that because of your sacrifice I’m blameless—so Satan quit accusing me! It will be such a burden lifted off your shoulders. For more on this subject read our post What Happens When You Sin and You Can’t Undo It and Are You Willing to Let God Show You Your Heart?
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