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Cross-Cultural Cross; Unmatchable Cost


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“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

“Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.” ~ 1 Corinthians 7:23

Of the many things we can learn from our text, here are two brief points to ponder:

First, we can’t return something bought with blood. Salvation was bought for us by the precious Blood of Christ: Jesus died to save us.  If someone dies to give you a gift, then you can’t take that gift back to the ‘store’ and ask for the cash value.

Therefore, if we have truly accepted God’s Gift of Salvation, bought by The Blood of The Lamb, then it is ours forever.

Second, If traditions can’t save us, then traditions can’t keep us saved. We don’t gain Salvation by cultural practices: by following traditions.  Therefore, we don’t have to worry about keeping up appearances, we don’t have to do things simply because that is how they were always done.

Our only concern is our relationship with God, through Jesus Christ and how that relationship guides how we treat others.

For example, if we go to church merely out of tradition then it is meaningless. If church attendance doesn’t save us then church attendance won’t keep us saved. If tithing doesn’t save us, then tithing won’t keep us saved. Whatever we do then must be done because of our relationship with God and NOT because of tradition.


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2 Comments

  1. What an outstanding image! This, indeed, is the epitome of our understanding of a thing that can be obtained for a price and yet be priceless. I love your notion that a gift for which a life was given cannot be returned for cash value. It can only be rejected together with the giver — or accepted together with him. Thank you, I’ll be turning this metaphor in my mind some more.

  2. This is good stuff! I like the comment also that the gift bought with
    the giver’s life cannot be returned. I can’t give you a free pass on
    your logic though. That gift can be thrown away, at which point it will
    be impossible to regain. Bummer! I site Peter himself: 2Ptr. 2:18-22
    and Hebrews 6:4. I think we need to be careful
    with our gift of salvation, and walk worthy. To those who think they have
    lost their salvation: I say the same as to those who still need it:
    What is impossible for man is possible with God. God is not obliged
    to allow a traitor into the Kingdom. Cry out for Mercy!

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