Scripture Portion 1 Peter 1:17-21
One must know the cost of something in order to treasure it and to cherish it. When one knows the full value of it, he would not only treasure it, but he also would enjoy it, and rejoice in it.
- This is salvation for every child of God.
- And this is Apostle Peter’s theme in 1 Peter.
The key phrase in the second part of 1 Peter 1 is “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (v 16) and in verse 17 last Peter adds, “conduct yourselves throughout the time of your sojourning in fear.”
This is a call for a dedicated Christian living and Peter sites two reasons for that:
- God has redeemed us by the blood of Christ (vv 18-21)
- God has regenerated us by the Word of God (22-25)
For today, we will consider the first >> one of the crucial reasons for forsaking the world and following Christ:
We were Redeemed through a Costly Redemption (vv 18-19a)
The Puritan Thomas Watson rightly observed that redemption of a sinner was God’s greatest work:
Great was the work of creation, but greater the work of redemption; it cost more to redeem us than to make us; in the one there was but the speaking of a Word, in the other the shedding of blood. . . .”
The word redeem means to release by a ransom or deliver by the payment of a price.
- For the Jews the picture of redemption would be God’s deliverance from Egypt;
- For the Gentiles, it would be the picture of a slave whose freedom was purchased with a price.
- Ransom never paid to Satan as he was destroyed on the Cross, but ransom was paid to God to calm down the wrath of God due to man’s sin.
Christians are called to know about their redemption and they are to live out of knowledge of the redemption that Christ has accomplished.
- In common life the cost of a thing puts a value on it, and we fear to lose it, or to damage it.
- First Peter says, we were not redeemed by any physical thing. Silver and gold were used as money and slaves were redeemed by them.
- But we were redeemed by a very costly thing, by the precious blood of Christ. >> It is spiritual; it is life eternal; and it is life divine.
We were Redeemed by a Divine Redeemer (vv 19b-20)
The value of our redemption is the value of the person of the righteous Messiah Himself.
- A Perfect Saviour >> Exodus 12:5; Isaiah 53:7
- Only a God Himself can do it. >> Rom 5:18-19
- Because Jesus is without sin, He is unique and His life is of infinite value as the Sacrificial Lamb.
God, who was preordained to accomplish this redemption, came down to this earth in human form, yet without diminishing His divinity, became the Perfect Lamb of God.
- John the Baptist identified Him as the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).
- Paul says since Christ is our Passover Lamb, purge out all our sin (1 Cor 5:7).
We have a glorious Redeemer >> The Lord Jesus Christ.
We were Redeemed to Faith and Hope in God (v 21)
Through the redemptive work of Christ, we have faith and hope in God.
Christ is the means of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:19).
Peter also mentions that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead and glorified Him.
Jesus’ resurrection is the foundation of our faith, and His glorification is the pledge of the hope of our new future (1 Cor 15:17-23).
Our redemption, the salvation of soul is only through Christ.
- He is the captain of our Salvation (Hebrews 2:10).
- His precious blood cleanses us from all our sins (1 John 1:7).
- There is power in the blood. Come to the Saviour and be cleansed by His precious blood and live a life that is pleasing and glorifying Him. Amen.