1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
What is the definition of “guile”? The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives this definition: the use of clever and usually dishonest methods to achieve something.
God will not accept the person who allows his heart to become deceitful, dishonest or hypocritical. If you are deceitful or dishonest in judging your own soul, you are guilty of guile. Likewise, if you are deceitful or dishonest in judging some other person’s soul, you are guilty of guile. If you are guilty of guile, then you are guilty of iniquity and God will impute iniquity to you. God will charge you with being sinful.
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
There have been and there are presently in this wicked world those people “in whom there is no guile.” They are true Christians. They are holy and blameless, without sin in their heart or conduct.
127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.
129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.
133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
With the exception of the matter concerning Uriah’s wife, for which David was punished by God and David repented; David lives a just and holy life before God. The desire of David’s heart was to please God and keep His commandments. He lived his life after the manner described in verses 127 through 133. How are you doing?
Do you love the commandments of God above everything in this world?
Do you esteem all the precepts of God to be right?
Do you hate every false way?
Do you keep the testimonies of God and consider them wonderful?
Do you receive the word of God as the source for your light and understanding?
Do you open your mouth and heart to eat and drink the commandments of God?
Do you pray and ask God to order your steps in all the affairs of your life?
Do you ask God to give you grace and power to resist all the temptations of Satan and deliver you from all sins?
Is there any sin/iniquity which has dominion over your will, whereby you yield to sin?
67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;
70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;
72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;
73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
This is the plan and will of God: that all those who believe on His Son Jesus Christ shall “serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.”
As the apostle Paul said to the church at Rome, “let God be true, but every man a liar.”
When the words of men are contrary to the words of God, believe God. When preachers make excuses for pleasing the flesh, don’t believe their counsel. The Bible says that we must crucify the flesh and walk after the Spirit so that we may be saved.
43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
A tree is used to represent a person in this parable. A tree and a person is identified by the kind of fruit produced. A good person will not produce evil fruit. An evil person will not produce good fruit. Even though an evil person may have certain actions which seem to indicate the presence of goodness, in reality his attitudes and conducts are deceitful in many ways. Satan will the use the benevolent deeds of a sinner to influence others to think that God is putting His approval and acceptance on a sinner. In the common affairs of living in this world, it rains on the just and the unjust. When sinners enjoy certain pleasantries, it is no proof that God is approving of their heart condition.
2 Corinthians 7:1
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 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:
1 Thessalonians 4:7
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
What is holiness? It is: the quality or state of being holy, morally good, free from sin.
Are you holy? God has called us to be morally clean and holy.
God has chosen the justified and sanctified child of God to be a temple for His Holy Spirit. We must be holy. God will not dwell in an unclean heart. You cannot be disobedient and hypocritical and have the Holy Spirit in your heart.
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
When something or someone is “lame” out of proper order, it is the perfect will of God to heal that condition. However, if the person involves is not willing to let it be corrected according to God’s laws, then it will be “turned out of the way.”
Listen to the righteous counsel of God’s word. Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. If your objective and purpose is not to follow after peace with all men, you will not see the Lord in Heaven. Don’t let some root of bitterness or trouble defile your soul. You must be free from sin, free from iniquity, free from guile, free from hypocrisy.
1 Peter 1:14-16
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Can anyone deny this clear and emphatic challenge and requirement to be holy and God is holy? If we expect to make heaven our eternal home, then we must be holy as God is holy, blameless and free from evil. Christians are made holy by the grace and blood of Jesus Christ. We are first made holy by our repentance and God’s forgiveness; which equates to “justification.” And thereafter, we are made the “holiest of holies” by our consecration and self-mortification and God’s approval and acceptance that we have presented ourselves as a holy sacrifice unto God; which equates to “sanctification.”
Having been conformed to the holy standards of God, through faith and obedience, we are made holy and have become perfect in the eyes of God. When we speak of perfection, we are not referring to that measure of perfection which God possesses. God never makes a mistake. We are subject to mistakes because we are sometimes lacking in knowledge and understanding. Yet, according to all the understanding and knowledge which we do possess as a divine revelation from God; we are obedient to all the light of truth which has been imparted to us.
The following scriptures teach us that the children of God are perfect.
Perfect defined as an adjective: having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.
Perfect defined as a verb: make (something) completely free from faults or defects, or as close to such a condition as possible
Genesis 6:9 Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations
Genesis 17:1 Abram...be thou perfect [Note: This is a command]
Deuteronomy 18:13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.
Job 1:1 Job...that man was perfect
Psalms 37:37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright:
Proverbs 2:21 upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
Matthew 5:48 be ye therefore perfect
Matthew 19:21 If thou wilt be perfect
Luke 1:6 walking in all...blameless
1 Corinthians 1:8 that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:6 among them that are perfect
2 Corinthians 13:9,11 “be perfect”, be complete and mature in your obedience
Ephesians 4:12,13 unto a perfect man
Philippians 3:10-16 “not” perfect in his relationship to his goal;
“is” perfect in his relationship with his God
Colossians 1:28 present every man perfect in Christ Jesus
Colossians 4:12 Stand perfect and complete in all the will
1 Thessalonians 2:10 holily and justly and unblameably
1 Thessalonians 3:10 perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
1 Thessalonians 3:13 he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God
2 Timothy 3:7 the man of God may be perfect
Hebrews 6:1 Let us go on unto perfection
Hebrews 9:14 purge your conscience from dead works
Hebrews 10:1 make the comers thereunto perfect.
Hebrews 10:14 he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Hebrews 12:23 the spirits of just men made perfect
Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will
James 1:4 ye may be perfect and entire
1 John 2:4,5 in him verily is the love of God perfected
Salvation makes the child of God perfect before God. The Christian is completely free from sin. The quality of his character is free from moral defects.