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Yet for us there is but one living God

 

In 1 Peter 1:18-19, we read the following: “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”

What does it mean to be redeemed? Some of the meanings in Webster’s dictionary are: to be free from distresses or harms; to free from captivity by payment of ransom; to release from debt or blame. In checking in a Bible dictionary, we find the purchase back of something that has been lost by the payment of a ransom.

If we as mankind were to determine how to be redeemed, what would we suggest? Probably everyone reading this would have a different answer. Maybe the redemption could come through the courts and those with the worst records would suffer the most to be redeemed, such as payment of time to service of the community and others and maybe also through paying great fines. We would probably judge and determine that all are not alike and therefore, the payment would differ greatly from one to another.

But, what does the scripture in 1 Peter tell us? It says that we all need to be redeemed and there are no things on earth, such as silver or gold, that will be sufficient for a complete redemption for each of us.

We are told that it is only through the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect, that will pay the price for each of us to be redeemed.

Joshua tells us in 24:15 the following, “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve ... but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Our first desire is to serve God with all our hearts and all our being.

The Psalmist says in 11:30, “I have chosen the way of truth, have set my heart on your laws.” We want to choose the way of truth, the way of God, and live accordingly.

“How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:14). Only through the blood of Christ can we have eternal life and be redeemed!

1 John 1:7 gives us a special promise, “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” We are redeemed through the Son who purifies us from all sin and guilt. He has paid the price for redemption for all of us. We need to turn to Him and claim that redemption.

And another promise we have in the Word of God, “Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things come and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things come and through whom we live” (1 Cor. 8:6).

We are redeemed through the blood of Jesus Christ. Let’s claim His mercy and His love in our lives daily.

 
 
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