We began a discussion of the concept of “irreproachable” in the last lesson with the idea of truly understanding who God has made us to be in Christ Jesus. Not just knowing who we are, but acting upon it in faith. Remember that faith is absolute trust in God. Not a “maybe” faith, not a “let me try it and see if it’s real” faith, not a “quizzical” faith, but a “real, honest, trusting to the very end” faith. And let me also point out that this is NOT “blind faith.” Blind faith is also known as stupid faith. God gave us His Word (word = His promise, His written word, and Christ Jesus) so that we will not be ignorant. So that we KNOW Him personally, and KNOW Him without a shadow of doubt.
He not only gave us His Word so that we could know Him and clearly understand our new life in Him, but so that we could act upon it in absolute confidence and trust (Col. 1:9-12, 2:2-3). Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving. See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ (the Messiah). For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature]. And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power]. (Col. 2:7-10).
So, focus on the fact that God has made His children irreproachable. This does not mean that we can’t sin. Not at all. No, what it means is that when we become God’s child, Satan has no right to us. When we are renewed in spirit by our faith in Christ Jesus (Gal 2:20), we are God’s child, period. Satan cannot come and snatch us away (John 10:29). As God’s child we sit in the “secret place” of Ps. 91:1. That “secret place” is on God’s throne, at His right hand. We are there because we are in Christ Jesus, and that’s where He is seated (Col. 3:1, Eph. 2:6). Satan has absolutely no access to our secret place on God’s throne.
Sin is living outside a relationship with God. As God’s children, we obviously live in a relationship with God. But, God has given us the right to choose to live fully in that relationship or to not live fully in that relationship. We choose, not Him (Deut. 30:19, Josh. 24:15). He has given us an irreproachable spirit centered perfectly in Christ. We get to take care of body and soul. Look carefully at the wording of Romans 12:1-2: I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
Notice who has to do this. We have to do it. Not a word in here about God forcing anything on us. Not a word in here about this being God’s responsibility. We are 100% totally responsible. Now, given that, we also have the right to enlist God’s help in doing what He asks us to do. Indeed, we can be 100% certain that he hears us when we ask for His help, and 100% certain that He grants it (1John 5:14-15). He asks us to choose to dedicate our bodies to Him and to get busy and renew our thinking so that it lines up with His, and further, if we ask, He comes along side us, yokes up with us, and guides us every step of the way (Matt. 11:29-30). What an incredible God we serve.
However, being human and having the Sinatra hankering to brag, “I did it my way,” we can and do get crossways of God’s desires for us. That’s when the irreproachable us has to get the other part of us back into a fully right relationship with God. And this we do by sincerely asking for forgiveness and by pleading the Blood of Jesus. To Satan, the Blood of the Lamb is not just irreproachable, it is also unapproachable. It instantly washes the dirt of the world from us. True, Jesus showed He was the servant King by washing His disciples feet, but the real point of the story is that He forgives us and ever washes us with His own Blood, cleansing us every single time we truly ask to be cleansed (1John 1:7-9). And when we are clean, we are clean—made pure in the sight of the Lord God Almighty. We are irreproachable.
Just think about it for a moment. God has made us His very own, and made provision to help us stay clean of the dirt of this world so that our lives can honor Him and help others to come out of the mire of Satan’s control and into the bright Son-Light. I can live with that!