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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #6
Posted: September 19, 2006

I PETER 1:17-21

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 says, “And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of person judgeth according to every man’s 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 doesn’t 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 by Him.

Let us sing with the songwriter: 

Redeemed and so happy in Jesus, No language my rapture can tell;
I know that the light of His presence With me doth continually dwell.
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 night;
 Redeemed, redeemed, Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed, His child, and forever, I am