1 Peter 1:18-19 (KJV) “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”
We’ve discussed that sin is passed through the blood from generation to generation. We also discussed that the blood “type” of every human child is influenced by the blood of the natural father. Since “Life” is in the blood, the Man, Christ Jesus had to be born of a Virgin. Thus, His humanity was presented through His human mother, and His “Sinlessness” was presented through the influence of the Holy Spirit – just like God “Breathed” into Adam a Holy Life. Jesus was, is, and always will be God.
We also discussed that because the Man, Christ Jesus is the Son of God, AND, He was infused with the “Sinless Blood” through the agency of the Holy Spirit from His Father, the Blood of Jesus is Extraordinary Blood!
Today, we discuss the “Power” of the Blood of Jesus. The Blood of Jesus has the “Power” to…
I’ve often wondered about the Bible doctrine of redemption. I understand the fact that all have sinned and need salvation. But, the concept of being “redeemed” has a connotation of making an exchange with a cost attached.
For instance, I’ve been to theaters, sporting events, musicals, dinners, and such, where I “redeemed” my ticket and received the “right” to enter the venue or partake of the meals. In each case, the “right” was only temporary – it could be “redeemed” once. Also, each ticket came at a “cost,” the “purchase” price of the ticket.
Those scenarios come into my mind as I think of “redemption.” It is readily understood that all tickets in the above scenarios have a “Purchase Price.” While some are beneficiaries of “Free” tickets (i.e. Circus Tickets, Movie Tickets, etc.), the reality is – someone had to pay the “Purchase Price” of the tickets so they could be given away. This is most often done by corporate sponsors.
NOTE: My wife and I were recipients of such when we attended a game to watch the Evansville Otters play recently. When we went to purchase the tickets, were informed that they were being given away for “Free.” When I looked at the ticket stub, I noticed that “Marathon” was stamped on the bottom. “Marathon” paid the “Purchase Price” for our tickets. Nonetheless, the ticket was “redeemed.” and we were granted entrance into the ball park.
Peter said, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold…” He was speaking under the influence of the Holy Spirit to all believers who have been “redeemed” by the Blood of Jesus. Once again, I wonder at the doctrine of “Redemption!”
Now, for most people this is a difficult doctrine to accept. You see, most people have never been a slave. We have studied slavery in history and hear of slavery still being practiced in different countries, and by criminal deviants who traffic in sex-slavery and the like. BUT, when we think of being needful of “Redemption,” it is difficult to comprehend with our human understanding.
Then we encounter Scriptures like…
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV) “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (Emphasis Added).
Many respond with, “I didn’t know I was for sale!” Or, “I’m my own person – I’m not for sale!”
Jesus taught us that we were all slaves…
John 8:31-32 (KJV) “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Emphasis Added).
When Jesus spoke, He provoked the self-righteousness of the religious. It is a wonderment to me that the self-righteous Jews that were listening, while being captives of Roman rule, immediately responded the way they did. Obviously, when Jesus said, “…the truth shall make you free,” they understood that He was presenting the concept of being slaves. Possibly, their hearts were stirred from the stories of the Egyptian bondage their ancestors endured. Notice their response…
John 8:33 (KJV) “They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?”
The Man, Christ Jesus manifested the reality of being a Spiritual Being housed in a human frame. He knew there was a far worse experience of slavery than being the property of a human taskmaster. He was speaking of “Spiritual Slavery.”
John 8:34 (KJV) “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.”
The Greek word for “servant” means “slave,” or “bondman.” Being that of a bondman means a person owes a debt to another; therefore, the debtor is “owned” by the one to whom they “owe” a debt until the debt is paid or released.
Do we not see this principle played out everyday in the lives of those who are addicted to drugs, sex, or any other sin? Those who are dependent upon drugs will do anything to obtain their “fix!” NO drug is free! (By the way – alcohol IS a drug!) The drug to which they are addicted becomes their master; AND, their “master” demands payment!
Please seek to understand! Sin is an idol! Anything that comes between God and us, or that is more important than God, is an idol. Behind EVERY idol is an evil spirit or spirits. Therefore, Sin is an Evil Taskmaster that demands payment!
When Adam and Eve sinned, spiritual death was the immediate consequence, AND their sinful condition became evident. Their spiritual “eyes” were opened, and they recognized their nakedness and experienced shame for the first time. Their “covering” was temporary, AND it required that blood would be shed to provide their clothing. Genesis 3:21 (KJV) “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” We can only assume God sacrificed two animals to provide “covering” for Adam and Eve. Nonetheless, the skins were not supplied without blood being shed! Blood was the “Purchase Price” for their clothing!
Thus, it is with us! God sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins – 1 John 2:1-2 (KJV) “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (Emphasis Added).
As God made a sacrifice in the Garden of Eden to clothe Adam and Eve, so God sacrificed His Son to “clothe” those who call upon His Name for Salvation in the righteousness of Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV) “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Romans 13:14 (KJV) “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof” (Emphasis Added).
Ephesians 4:24 (KJV) “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Emphasis Added).
Reviewing Peter’s statement in today’s Scripture, we take note that the “…precious blood of Jesus” was the “Purchase Price” of our redemption. Unlike the example I used concerning a “ticket,” the glorious “exchange” of the Blood of Jesus for our Salvation grants an “ETERNAL” right to have access to the Throne of God!
Adam and Eve were the human parents of God’s “earthly” family. Adam’s sin “sold” us into spiritual slavery from which Jesus came to shed His Blood as the “Purchase Price” of our redemption. In essence, and in reality, Adam and Eve were the first members of the “Church on earth.” The Blood of Jesus redeemed His Church…
Acts 20:28 (KJV) “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood” (Emphasis Added).
Our God is the Merciful God, the Holy God, and the Just God! He invested Himself in humanity when He created us. When He saw our lost condition, He did not attempt to haggle or bargain with Sin. He overcame Sin! He saw the worth of humanity and paid the Highest Price that could possibly be paid – the Precious Blood of His Son! He is worthy of our praise!!
“I owed a debt I could not pay, and it was growing every day. But Jesus paid it all for me, He gave His life on Calvary. He died to save a wretch like me. Now I can sing, ‘Amazing Grace’ that set me free!” –Author Unknown