It is the Blood That Sets Us Free

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Redemption

 

There were probably over 60 million slaves in the Roman empire at the time Peter was writing this letter. A slave could purchase his own freedom if he had the money to do so and his master was willing to set him free. Also someone else could pay the price so he could go free. Redemption was a precious thing in that day. God doesn’t have favorites but he judges all people by what each person does (v. 17). You were not redeemed by such things as silver or gold that doesn’t last (v. 18).

Peter was reminding his readers that they were rescued by what Christ had done for them in shedding His precious blood to set them free from the slavery of sin (v. 19). He was chosen and destined even before the world was created (v. 20). This was to lead you to have faith in God who raise Him from the dead (v. 21). A slave could be freed by the paying of money but no amount of money could set a lost sinner free. This could only come about by the blood of Christ to redeems us. Many voices are calling for our attention but it is Jesus who has rescued us from sin and its deadly consequences.

Application

 

Some of the things that can make me a slave to sin are not just drinking, gambling, immorality etc. “To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). Jesus paid a tremendous price to free me from sin, by shedding his precious blood. He is my new owner and I no longer have personal rights.

I Peter 1:17-21 (English Standard Version)


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