Let us turn our
thoughts this week again to the Book of I Peter. We have taken up
the theme from this book of The God Of All Suffering. We
want to look this week at Chapter One, verses 17-21 where we find
the inspired thoughts on The Infinite Cost Of Redemption.
Let us remember in our hour of suffering the great cost of suffering
our Lord paid to assure the purchase of our eternal home. Our text
And if ye
call on the Father, who without respect of person judgeth according
to every mans work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible
things, as silver and gold, from you vain conversation received by
tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ,
as a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was
foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in
these last times for you. Who by him do believe in God, that raised
him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope
might be in God.
In verse 17 we find
Our Relationship In Redemption. There must be a personal
relationship. Peter says,
if ye call on the Father,
The word if means in light of the fact. Theses must be the
facts of a Father, child relationship between us and our heavenly
Father. We are told of our perceptive relationship in the
fact that He doesnt judge us according to wealth, social position,
beauty, or educational intelligence. In light of these facts Peter
encourages our pilgrim relationship. The word sojourn
means to live along side of and not in. We are to be in the world
but not of the world. We should do our sojourning in fear.
The word fear means a total distrust of our self.
In telling of this
infinite cost Peter deals with The Redemption Of The Redeemed.
Peter reminds us in verse 18c of our practice before. He
called it our vain conversation, a life of chasing the wind
or a futile life with no affects on the eternal world. Peter also
mentions the parent bestowment. (Vs. 18b) The depravity of
vain living was passed down by the traditions of our fathers.
We were born in sin. We are in need of a Saviour not because we sin
but because we are sinners. We are told of this cost as the purchased
blessing. (Vs. 18c-19) We were not purchased with silver
or gold. These were little Greek coins used in the buying of
slaves from slave markets. Our redemption was with the precious
blood of God Himself. The word precious means costly, of
high value, great expense, and of the highest honor. My, what a
price was paid for us. Let this be our focus in our suffering.
Peter tells us in
the infinite cost of The Reason For This Redemption. In
verse 20 we are confronted with A Design. The word foreordained
means to designate beforehand to a position or to mark out before.
Our Lord marked out before the world began that Jesus would be the
Lamb. There was no search all over heaven to find one willing to
go. Jesus was willing before time began. He chose a people before
time and placed them in the Lamb who was to die. In verse 20b we
see A Discovery. This great truth of the redeeming Lamb
has been manifested which means to make or to become
visibly clear to His people. In verse 21 we see A Decision.
There is great emphasis today on us making a decision. Peter tells
us here that by Him do we believe in God. He is the channel, the
cause, and the reason why we have believed. He gave with this
belief also the gift of faith and hope. In our time of suffering,
may we focus on our salvation that was wrought at great cost totally
Let us sing with the
Redeemed and so
happy in Jesus, No language my rapture can tell;
I know that the light of His presence With me doth continually
Redeemed, redeemed, Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
I think of my blessed Redeemer, I think of Him all the day long;
I sing, for I cannot be silent; His love is the theme of my song.
I know I shall
see in His beauty The King in whose law I delight;
Who lovingly guardeth my footsteps, And giveth me songs in the
Redeemed, redeemed, Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed, His child, and forever, I am.