Without Spot And Blameless — 2 Pet. 3:14.
To be without spot has to do with character; to be blameless has to do with conduct; the one is purity of heart; the other is purity in practice; the first a work divinely inwrought; the other the moral obligation of the individual.
It may be well to remind ourselves at the very beginning of this article that the commandments and requirements of God are never larger than are His promises, and the provisions of His grace; hence it is possible for weak mortals, by His grace, to be and do all that He requires. To doubt this would be to charge God with tyranny “This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments, and his commandments are not grievous. (I. John 5:3.)
In Eph. 5:25-27, we read that, “Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Thus we see that provision has been made whereby we may become spotless; and that the process or experience by which we are made spotless is that of entire sanctification.
We desire to speak more especially of being “blameless,” as the necessary accompaniment of being “without spot.” However, it is well to observe that the Bible always places character before conduct; being before doing; seeing it is character that graduates conduct. “Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt.” “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.”
Since motive determines the morality of every act, it is absolutely necessary and essential that a person have a pure heart, and an eye single to the glory of God, in all they say and do, in order to be blameless before God. A person may do the right thing with a wrong motive, and so stand approved by men, and yet be far from blameless before God. “For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (I. Sam. 16:7.)
On the other hand it is well to remember that it is impossible to live blameless in the eyes of men; that although our blessed Lord lived the blameless life, the world, and even the church constantly criticised, accused, and finally condemned him to die the death of a criminal. “And all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” Hence we may ever expect to be misunderstood and misjudged by men, however blameless we may live before God. A blameless life is a continual rebuke and reproof to the disobedient, and therefore, will awaken their animosity and resentment. Not only so, but seeing men cannot know the motive, they are liable to misunderstand and misjudge even though they had no thought of so doing.
Nevertheless, we should exercise constant care lest we excuse our inconsistencies, indiscretions and sins for which we are to blame, and of which we need to repent.
The call of God to every believer is “that we should be holy and without blame before Him.” (Eph. 1:4.) In order to measure up to this standard the individual must experience the blessing of entire sanctification — which is “that act of divine grace whereby we are made holy” and then walk in constant obedience, in all the light that God gives. This is living the blameless life.
That such a life is gloriously possible, is evident from the fact that others have lived it. We read in Luke 1:6, concerning Zacharias and his wife, Elizabeth, ‘They were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.” Especially is this the oft-repeated requirement concerning preachers, I. Tim. 3:2; 10; 5:7; Titus 1:6, 7. All believers may be sanctified wholly, and then the “whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I.Thess. 5:23.)