31 January 2014

Above Reproach

Have you ever been caught in trouble and held guilty of a crime you didn’t commit?

It is a great feeling when you are vindicated of wrongdoing. A life of faultless living and the highest integrity will always stand against the harshest critics and slanderers.

Living above reproach means that your life is blameless in every area. You are one hundred per cent honest in all relationships, trustworthy in all possessions and uncompromising in character during times of adversity. This is not only limited to a public life, but private as well. Even when you are falsely accused you can stand in confidence knowing that the accusations are nothing but lies, rooted in envy and jealousy.

How many famous people in history and celebrities can you count who have this uncompromising character? Too often a life of fame can all be swept away by a shaky personal life and poor character. A life of faith and convictions the world will at times laugh and mock, but to those who live by them will still be standing with the storms of life come without warning.

Colossians 1:22 ...and above reproach…

Two words that indicate this unseen phenomenon is above reproach. The Greek word for this is “anegklÄ“tos” - a legal term used in the justice courts of ancient days. It is pertaining to one who cannot be accused of anything wrong – without accusation. Who cannot be called to account.” (Thayers Abridged). Unreprovable” or “above reproach” is “not only free from the blemish but from the charge of it” (Vincent).

As Christians our physical life and spiritual life is impacted by this reality. Another translation of Colossians 1:22 reads ...free from accusation. Our internal state or totally purity before God and “above reproach” is alluding to the fact that no charge can possibly be brought against us.  This idea can be interpreted in several ways:

1)      We are looked upon by God above reproach
2)      We are to live lives above reproach
3)      We are free to live our lives in freedom

No scripture underscores this better than Rom 8:31-34,  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?  Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”

As a believer, right now that is your position in Christ . It has always been your position and your reality from the instant you were saved. This is incredibly powerful.  This scripture can transform your life!

Colossians 1:22  [But] he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him.

See Christ presenting you to God the Father.  His all-knowing, all seeing eyes – His searching and penetrating gaze – looking over you and within you.  His conclusion is final – you are holy, blameless and above reproach. All this is said to be accomplished in His sight (verse 22).  This speaks not of a casual glance or brief inspection but of a searching, penetrating gaze.
Believe today that your position before God is above reproach because of the work of the Cross Jesus paid for you to have. Let this sink deep into your heart and spirit and with steadfast faith, your life will also become your spiritual condition.

Colossians 1:19-23  For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,  and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.