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Redemption – Permanent, Priceless, & Perfect

“…knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct 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, NKJV)

We live in uncertain times. I saw a meme a few days ago that said “It is April Fool’s Day. Don’t trust anyone. Just like every other day.” We don’t know who we can trust anymore. Politicians make promises they can’t keep. Products are advertised to do more than they really can. In fact, if you research it online, you will discover that studies suggest that most people lie 2-4 times every single day. But who knows if that research is true?

Maybe in some small matters absolute reliability is less important. I would like reliable internet service. But if it goes out from time to time my life doesn’t fall apart. Does yours? If I want a cup of coffee and I see a sign that says “Word’s best coffee” it frankly doesn’t matter to me if it is the word’s best or not. I just need some caffeine.

But when it comes to other things, reliability is very important. If you are inclined to jump out of airplanes, how important is the reliability of that parachute? If you are deathly allergic to bees and you get stung, how important is the reliability of that epinephrine injection that you carry? If you are a police officer who walks into a dangerous situation and gets shot in the chest, how important is the reliability of that kevlar vest you are wearing? At times like this, reliability, trust, certainty, become very important.

But let me take it a step further. What if we are talking about the eternal destiny of your soul? How important is reliability then? When your time comes to leave this world, how sure you are about your readiness to face the Judge of the whole world matters immensely. The day when you breathe your last breath is the day you will discover whether or not you have made the right preparation for the next life or not. On that day you will find out whether what you have trusted in is truly able to save your soul. There may be some people reading this right now, I fear, who will awaken on the other side of this life to discover too late that they have gambled away their eternal soul on an utterly unreliable protection.

Peter, in our text, presents to us with the only thing in all the world in which we may have confidence with respect to the redemption of our souls. There is one thing you need. If you have it, your soul is secure. But if you don’t, nothing else in all the world can save you on that day. And that thing is the blood of Jesus Christ. Or, as Peter puts it in verse 19, “the precious blood of Jesus Christ.”

And Peter tells us in these 2 verses WHY it is that this blood of Christ is so sure and reliable.

First, it is Permanent. He says in verse 18 that we were “not redeemed with corruptible things.” The Greek word for “corruptible” does not exactly mean what we often think of when we use the word “corrupt.” When we use that word we generally mean “crooked” or “untrustworthy.” Like a corrupt politician or businessman. But here the word really means something that is “passing away.” Things that will not last forever, they are corruptible. The cure affected by the blood of Christ is permanent. It is not corruptible. It lasts…not just a long time, but forever.

Second, it is Priceless. Peter calls it the “precious” blood of Christ. This blood is worth more than anything else you own. It is of greater value than anything you can imagine. There have been many valuable inventions in the world. Think about the discovery of electricity. Some credit Benjamin Franklin with that discovery, standing out in a storm with his kite and key. But whoever we assign the credit to, it was a valuable discovery. We can’t imagine modern life without electricity. It is valuable for sure, and we are all grateful for it. But even electricity isn’t priceless. You know that every month when you pay your electric bill. But Christ’s blood is beyond any price you can imagine. It does what nothing else can do. Only the blood of Christ can wash away your sin.

Finally, it is Perfect. Peter describes our Lord Jesus Christ as a “lamb without blemish.” Not one flaw. Not one sin. Our redemption hangs upon a sinless Savior. Our whole salvation depended upon a sinless substitute. God’s wrath is real. Sin must be punished. But if there had been even the smallest of sins in Christ (horrible thought!) then He could not have offered Himself in my place or yours. Our redemption can be trusted because, and only because, “…He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21, NKJV)

That, my dear friends, is something that can be relied upon. That is why the hymnist could sing “My hope is built on nothing less but Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” I pray that you have put your trust in Christ and His precious blood. If you are reading this, you may do so today. Though His blood is priceless, it is offered to you without cost. Lay hold of my Savior. Repent and believe. Why would you trust the eternal destiny of your soul to anything else?

Photo by Yannick Pulver on Unsplash

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