Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Biblical Saints called Redeemed

"And if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each man's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay upon earth; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ," (I Peter 1:17--19).

* The word translated 'redeemed' comes from a Greek term, meaning 'to pay a ransom.' At immeasurable cost to the Redeemer, we have been bought back from the marketplace of sin. And the price paid for the ransom of our souls was the precious, perfect blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

* One of the many Scriptural motivations for holy living is the high price our Savior paid for our redemption. The shedding of the sinless blood of the Son of God to redeem us from Satan's domain should cause us to live in reverent fear before God.
Oh, that we would live like the redeemed!

* Peter's appeal for holy living centers on the priceless value of the Lord Jesus' blood in redeeming the elect. When we ponder deeply the high cost of our salvation, we long to live in reverent fear before the sinless Savior. May we never take lightly what was purchased at so great a sacrifice.

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