Blameless

Christian historians have pointed to October 31, 1517, as an important date in history. Supposedly, on that date, Martin Luther  (1483-1546), a Roman Catholic monk who was later appointed professor of Christian theology at the University of Wittenberg, Germany, nailed to the door of the church at Wittenberg a statement of his religious beliefs  called the Ninety-Five Theses. Luther wanted a serious discussion with the Church concerning issues that he believed were
a corruption of doctrines in the Body of Christ.
According to Luther, the Roman Church was
apostate in her teachings.

He condemned the sale of what the Church called
indulgences by those representing the Vatican.

Because the Roman Church responded negatively
to Luther’s objections, the Protestant Reformation
officially began which changed the course of the
Christian world.

What led Martin Luther to do this?
Answer: Sola scripturaLatin for: “by Scripture alone“.

According the The Story of Christianity, Vol. II by Justo González:

“Luther had an overpowering sense of his own sinfulness, and the more he sought to overcome it, the more he became aware of sin’s sway over him.  It is mistaken to suppose he was not a good monk, or that his life was licentious or immoral. Quite the contrary, he sought to obey his monastic vows to the fullest… He went to confession as often as possible. But such practices did not allay his fear of damnation…. He spent hours listing and examining all his thoughts and actions, and the more he studied them the more sin he found in them….Eventually, Luther came to the terrifying conclusion that what he felt for God was not love, but hatred!

…. Luther came to the conclusion that the “righteousness of God” is that which is given to those who live by faith. It is given, not because they are righteous, nor because they fulfill the demands of divine justice, but simply because God wishes to give it. Thus, Luther’s doctrine of “justification by faith” does not mean that what God demands of us is faith…it means rather that both faith and justification are the work of God, a free gift to sinners.”  [1]

Therefore, according to Luther, we are blameless before God, not because of our own works of righteousness, but because of the righteousness of Christ based upon our faith in Him.

One of Martin Luther’s important books of the Bible was Romans. At first he utterly disliked Romans 1:17  (quoting Habakkuk 2:4). He previously misunderstood it to mean that God rewarded the righteous and punished the sinful. But it became the key verse that greatly opened his eyes….

For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

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In other words, Luther, at first, saw this passage (and the whole gospel for that matter) as an extension of the Old Covenant Mosaic law, not a way to find freedom from its curse.

He then learned there was a huge difference between the righteousness of the law and the righteousness of the gospel.

Luther later studied the book of Galatians which enamored him to write a commentary on it.

Because we Christians put on Jesus Christ through our faith in Him (Romans 13:14; Galatians 3:27), we are blameless before our Father God in heaven.

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 [1]  González, Justo L. The Story of Christianity Volume II: the Reformation to the Present Day, HarperOne/HarperCollins, 2010, pages 23, 25.

 

Dara Maclean

Blameless   (2013)
lyrics – Dara Maclean
music – Dara Maclean
sung by – Dara Maclean
genre – Christian Contemporary
album – Wanted
website: daramaclean.com

LYRICS:

What manner of love is this?
That You would lay down Your life
You paid the price, the sacrifice for redemption
Now I am determined to know
Christ and Him crucified
Now alive and the power in me is You

Album

Now blameless, You call me Holy
I’ve been forgiven, You call me righteous and free
Now spotless, You call me worthy
I am Your child, You call me chosen
I’m Yours, I am Yours

I will boldly come
Running straight to the One
Singing over me
Your songs of salvation
No one can take this from me
I’m a child that You name free
Nothing will separate us
I’m held by You
Oh I know, oh I know I’m

Now blameless, You call me Holy
I’ve been forgiven, You call me righteous and free
Now spotless, You call me worthy
I am Your child, You call me chosen
I’m Yours, I am Yours

I am Yours, I am Yours, I am Yours
And I am Yours, I am Yours, I am Yours
I am Yours, yes I am, yes I am

Blameless, You call me Holy
I’ve been forgiven, You call me righteous and free
Now spotless, You call me worthy
I am Your child, You call me chosen
I’m Yours, I am Yours

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