“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and 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:”I Peter 1:18-19
I grew up in a small house that consisted of three bedrooms and one small bathroom. We did not have a dining room, so my parents decided to add on to the house and make part of the carport a dining room and remodel the kitchen at the same time. My Dad knew some men from the church who worked in this field, and he hired one in particular to do the job.
The man showed up and starting working to transform our house. I would sometimes tag along as he went to the hardware store, and I enjoyed hanging out with him. He had three daughters, one of whom was the same age as me. He did not have a son, so I imagine he enjoyed having a little boy around the job site. My dad would pay him in increments as the work was completed, and I remember the job taking a long time.
When the job was nearly finished, my dad approached this man with the final payment. I was with my dad, and the man’s daughter who was my same age was with him as well. My dad gave him the money and said it was for the adoption of his daughter. My eyes got big and I tried to process what was just said. I already had an older sister, and having a sister my own age was not on my Christmas wish list. My dad and the man both laughed and walked away but my new “sister” and I looked at each other with puzzled looks. We talked about it at school the next day and finally came to the conclusion they must have been tricking us. We joked about that with each other for several years, laughing each time we brought it up.
I tell you a silly story to share the truth that we were not bought with such corruptible things as money when it comes to our eternal salvation. We did not become heirs with the Father through silver or gold, but we were redeemed and bought by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. It was not a partial payment, but one that was paid in full. “It is finished” is what He cried as He took His final breath. He was spotless and without sin, and He was the perfect sacrifice for the saving of all mankind. Ephesians 1:7 states, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”.
Have you accepted God’s payment for your sin? Are you trying to purchase salvation through your own good deeds and works? Have you come to realize that He shed His blood for you? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Will you accept His payment for your sin? If you have accepted His payment, thank Him for His precious blood that He shed to redeem you. May we not forget II Corinthians 8:9 which states, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” May we come to truly know of His riches, and may we always be thankful for His precious blood.