Scripture teaches us that we were created to be holy and blameless. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Most people will teach us how to be holy and blameless. They will create a list of rules of what to do and not to do. Don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t listen to rock and roll, don’t take birth control, don’t play cards, don’t watch movies and they will create a list a mile long. This is usually created by a leadership board and then it is the pastor’s job to make sure everyone keeps to the list.
This is a horrible process to accomplish being holy and blameless. Not only is it a poor standard of holy and blameless because it was created by people, but it is also exhausting. Many of us have been exposed to these lists. We have grown up around it and hated God for them.
Scripture teaches us that God doesn’t created a list of how we can be holy and blameless, but instead reveals Himself so that we can know what it looks like to be holy and blameless. He not only shows us what it looks like to be holy and blameless, but then gives us his holiness and blamelessness through the righteousness of Christ through faith in His work on the cross. Romans tells us the righteousness of God has been revealed from heaven through Jesus Christ.
Through faith in Jesus’ work on the cross our position is no longer enemies of God, but holy and blameless. It is why Scripture refers to Christ-followers as saints. When we don’t understand what it means to be saints, to be holy and blameless, it doesn’t mean we create our own definition or list that we all agree to follow, but that we draw close to Jesus in Scripture, prayer, church, and He will supernaturally transform us so that we will better understand what it means to be holy and blameless.