even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
– Ephesians 1:4
At the end of all things—when we stand before God at the great white throne of judgment—it will be unlike anything else we could ever know. And that is the moment we will be found holy or not.
In many ways, the Christian life is lived in a duality. We are “between two worlds,” as John Stott said. We are already made holy and righteous and we are not yet holy or righteous. And here in Ephesians we see both the already and the not yet.
This week we have focused on the not yet side of holiness. That is, we have spent our time seeing ourselves as needing to become more holy in this life while we await the coming of our Lord. But we would miss out on much of how we gain holiness in this life if we didn’t mention that one day we will stand before the throne of God dressed in Christ’s righteousness.
This is our great hope and our great help. It frees us from thinking our earthly holiness can gain or lose us heaven. Instead, it motivates us because one day we will be dressed down by God according to works, and after that moment we will have the great Advocate, Jesus Christ the Righteous, stand and say, “My blood was spilt for him. He is made righteous because I was righteous.”
And so, let us work to please Him because one day we will stand before Him.