Page Four: “The Wisdom of God’s Purposes” 11/04/12
And the protégé of Elijah was this man Elisha. Here’s how he saw himself. II Kings 3:14 “And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.” (5:16) “But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.”
The LORD’s goal at Calvary was to make you and me presentable to God the Father.
First, “to present.”
Second, “to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight.”
God did this at the Cross. He made the enemies who had alienated themselves from Him by wicked works into holy, unblameable, and unreproveable people.
Holy means “set apart for Himself.”
Unblameable means “you can no longer be blamed for your sins.” It means “faultless.” It means “like a spotless lamb.”
Paul wrote this to the Church at Ephesus.
Ephesians 1:4 “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:…”
Ephesians 5:27 “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
And here’s a word from the Jude, the LORD’s servant.
Jude 1:24 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,…”
And John wrote this about those he saw in his vision in Revelation.
Revelation 14:5 “And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.”
“Unblameable” is how God sees you today if you’ve repented and trusted in Christ. Hallelujah!
Unreproveable is similar to unblameable.
Unreproveable means “God has no cause for which to reprove you.” It means “free from reproach.” It means “without stain.” It means “guiltless.” It means “no accusation can be brought against you.”
It’s almost like “this is really hard to believe.” Yet, this is what God did for you and me. This is what God accomplished at the Cross. You see; it was for you and me He died. It was for you and me He shed His blood. It was for you and me Jesus suffered and died.
And just one more word from the Apostle Paul to the Church at Rome. Romans 8:33 “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.”
And when God justifies, He declares you and me “guiltless.”
Folks, this is so powerful, isn’t it? And, it’s simply wonderful So, here’s the question in light of the Scriptural teaching on the death of Christ. Have you been reconciled to God by faith in the blood of His Son? Do you stand right now before Him “like a spotless lamb?” And can you say that “God has nothing for which to reproach me” today?
Folks, that’s the glory of God in a very inglorious event. Jesus is your Reconciler. Have you come to Him in simple repentance and true faith? If not, why not?
Will you submit your life completely to Him today?
When someone admits they are a sinner before God and comes to Him in repentance and true faith, he is saved. He is reconciled. He stands before God without reproach and guiltless.
John 3:16 says this. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Fortunately for us God extended His mercy to us at Calvary. Your sins became His sins. He took your sins on His body and paid the penalty for those sins on the tree we know as the Cross of Calvary. Why? Because mercy is what draws each heart and moves us into the condition of blessedness with God.
What will you do about your sins today?
• “I Repent” = I change my mind about God, Christ, my sin, and God’s free gift of salvation.
• “I Believe” = I simply trust the Lord Jesus Christ alone as the One Who paid the entire penalty for my sins. And in believing, I make Him Lord over my entire life.
“LORD, thank you for your forgiveness. Thank you that Your forgiving me is fully and completely. Thank you for the work of Jesus Your Son who paid the entire debt so that I can enjoy the full debt cancelled.”