Updated: Feb 13, 2019
"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 1:4)
"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus."
Did you notice that we're called "holy brethren"? Only God can say that! Your neighbors, friends, family members, etc. may not consider you holy, but God says you are, and His verdict is what counts. Aren't you glad about that?
You're not holy or righteous because of your actions, but because you live in the presence of God and have His nature of righteousness. He gave you righteousness as a gift.
"...they which received abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness..."
Before God, you're justified-- there's no record of sin or wrongdoing against your name. That's the reason He says you're without blame.
Sadly, some haven't been able to put away self-blame. They've made their faith and life ineffective because of their excessive self-incrimination. That's wrong. Your conscience isn't supposed to keep you in bondage to guilt or condemnation because Jesus, the Son of God, died in your place. He paid the ultimate price for your sins.
"...by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses."
Do you know what it means to be justified? It means to be declared righteous; to be acquitted; the charges against you were dismissed because you never sinned. How is that possible? It's because Jesus took your place, and now you're in His place. So how does God see you now? He sees you as holy, sanctified, and separated unto Him. Hallelujah!
Until and unless you realize that God has made you holy, you'll never live a holy life. You can only live the life that God has given you. A dog lives the life of a dog; a human lives a human life. Likewise, because we have the life and nature of God, we're holy can can live holy. Blessed be God!
Dear Father, I thank You for presenting me faultless, perfect, holy, unblameable, and irreproveable before You in love. Thank You for the death, burial, and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ, by which I now stand forever justified in Your presence, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Further Study: Colossians 1:21-22 AMPC; Ephesians 2:8-9