“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:” ~ 1 Peter 1:18-19
These two wonderful verses come to us out of a section of Scripture that is addressing holy living. Peter is reminding us, as God’s children, that a very high price was paid for our redemption! The cross cost Him everything: He sacrificed Himself so that we can have eternal life in heaven by simply placing our trust in Him and that sinless blood. The blood of Jesus that flowed down that from cross cleanses us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:7).
Some treat the blood of Christ as nothing special, they say it was no different from any other blood, but that is NOT what God says in His Word. Here are just a few of the verses that tell us what God says about the blood of His one and only Son:
“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His BLOOD…” ~ Romans 3:24-25a
“Much more then, being now justified by his [Jesus’] BLOOD, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” ~ Romans 5:9
“Unto Him [Jesus Christ] that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own BLOOD… to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” ~ Revelation 1:5b-6
God is very clear on the purpose of the blood of Christ, only those who walk in darkness think that there is any other way to be saved! There is no good work we can do to earn salvation. Baptism doesn’t save us; giving money to the church doesn’t save us; helping the less fortunate doesn’t save us… etc. These are all very good things to do and God calls us to do them in obedience, but they CANNOT save our souls!
Only through faith in the blood of Christ can we be saved and be assured of an eternity in heaven with God.
So, knowing this, when we are tempted to return to that sinful, empty life that we were rescued from by Christ, we need to stop and think about what we are doing!! Why would we even desire to go back to that vain lifestyle? To do so would be positively disloyal to our Savior!
We have the Holy Spirit indwelling us, which gives us the power to resist temptation and live a godly life that is obedient and pleasing to our Father God; and that will bring us and those around us much joy and blessing!
As humans we inherited an empty, hopeless, and meaningless life from our ancestors, but through Christ we are joint-heirs with Him, which brings us to a life full of purpose, hope, peace, joy, and love!
Thank You Jesus for Your final sacrifice for sin on my behalf, thank You that Your work on the cross is sufficient to cover my sins past, present, and future! I love You so, the Author and Finisher of my faith!!
Contributed by Mary Heuss Nelson