"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." Eph. 1:4
I love that "in Him"! We were chosen IN HIM. When God looks down, he sees Christ, and if we are there in HIS HAND, covered by HIS BLOOD, then we are holy and blameless in His sight...because He sees Christ. We were CHOSEN.....but it was only IN HIM.
We were CHOSEN, too, that we should be HOLY AND BLAMELESS....
That's the goal...
Positionally in Christ we are already "holy and blameless" if we are saved.....but the goal is that we are even now daily to become more and more sanctified, holy and blameless, like Christ, the One in whose hands we rest.
I was just so impressed this morning about the importance of truly becoming holy...with love, with peace, and with diligence.
Heb. 12:14 says,"Follow peace with all men and HOLINESS, without which no man shall see the Lord."
This is such a solemn verse to me! We MUST be holy if we are going to see God someday!