Fault…a deep crack in the earth revealing instability beneath. Rough places, breaches in the surface where the rock below has been moving in contradictory directions…
Faults…breaks in a in a person’s smooth, exterior character that diffuse a distinctly carnal scent. God, help me. I know this subject well.
A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:8)
The movement of his divided mind against itself, rumbling tumultuously beneath, causes breaks in the surface, painfully evident to all. I know instability…I know the feeling of being stretched between Heaven and earth, yearning for one while being pulled toward the other. It’s no wonder my faults are many.
But I read in this glorious Book that there is hope. Where the fault runs deep, the Blood flows deeper still.
Can it be true? Can He heal this wound in my character? Yes–only when I surrender both halves of my double mind to Him who is able to keep me from falling, and present me faultless!
Faultless! As if the very plates of the earth were fused again to an immovable whole, He bridges the gap in the soul and presents it as if no destructive crack ever existed!
The agonizing, guilty soul would despair…how can one expect to be worth anything to God with such blemishes? Doesn’t He require perfection?
Be ye holy, for I am holy
He says (1 Peter 1:16). Yet NO one is perfect. Is there hope at all?
Glorious revelation! It’s not from the damaged, human soul that He requires this perfection…rather, it’s from Himself that He required it. Spotless. Faultless. Blameless.
Only when a life is hid in Christ with God can anyone hope for righteousness, or peace, or faultlessness. It’s by adoption that we become His children..but not just children..joint-heirs with the Firstborn of all creation, miraculously taking on His perfect likeness!
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen. -Jude 24,25