Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Price For Salvation

I want to share with you how you and I became saved or through what means Jesus paid the price for our salvation from sin. Some people believe that because they are born into a religious family they are saved. But that is not true. No one is saved by being born into a Christian family or any other religious home. No one can also be saved by any religious rituals nor can salvation be purchased with money or killing a fellow human being. The apostle Peter who was one of the closest disciples of Jesus Christ helped us understand how we got saved. He said:
1 Peter 1:18-21
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 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.
Let us learn some truth from the writing of Apostle Peter
The first thing to learn from this passage is that we were not redeemed with corruptible things like silver, gold (financial means), traditions of men, such as being born into a religious family or killing or engaging in "holy war".
Secondly, we are redeemed through blood.
Any teaching that professes redemption or salvation without blood is false. It is false because that religion denies the very nature and gravity of the original sin of Adam and Eve.
When Adam and Eve sinned against God, death was the result. The death was first spiritual which eventually manifested in the physical. Now the Bible teaches us very clearly that the life of the flesh is in the blood (Lev. 17:11). That means, when man died as a result of sin, his blood (the blood that made him holy) was taken away. And for man to become alive again in holiness, he must need blood. This was the first reason God used animal skin dripping with blood to cover man (Gen 3:21). With this, man was seen alive but through the blood of the animal that God used. This goes to establish why animals were used for atoning for man's sins in the Old Covenant.
But the blood of animals did not actually take away the sins of man but rather covered it. Again, that blood of the animal did not really bring back the life that has gone out of man. For the scripture says; "... it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins" (Heb. 10:4). So man still needed a blood that can bring him his very life of holiness and which can take away his sin. This is why redemption must be by blood. However, with this understanding, we needed the blood of man and not of animal any more to gain back our lost life of holiness - that is to receive salvation.
From the Scripture passage above, it is evident that the blood for redemption or salvation is without blemish and sin. This is the third thing to learn.
Many people in one religion or the other profess that they are saved by their leaders or founders etc. All these are not true. This is because they also needed to be redeemed from sin, "for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 6:23.) We all - all descendants of Adam - including our leaders even the prophets of God in the Old Testament were all born into sin and with the sin nature.
It is a clear teaching of the Bible that none is righteous and that everyone has sinned. This "all" includes every human being born right from Adam. This means, no man's blood was worthy or holy enough to bring salvation to man. You may ask, "But why?" This is because all have sinned and therefore have the sin nature. Every man has the sin nature - the unholy nature which Adam exchanged with his holy nature, and it was transferred to us through birth. When Adam sinned we all in his loins sinned. This is why no man can redeem us. We therefore needed a man that has no sin nature to offer his blood for the salvation of mankind.
The fourth thing from the passage of First Peter is that, the man whose blood is qualified to bring salvation to man is Christ Jesus who never had the nature of sin in Him.
Scripture says, Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came down in the human flesh or in the likeness of man in order to save mankind. This means, as a Son of God but in the likeness of man, He never had the blood of man that has the sin nature from Adam. He was not born of the seed of man, and so He could not have gotten the nature of sin. If He had, then He would have had sin in Him. But He was born of the seed of the Spirit of God and woman. And so, His blood was sinless, without blemish, spotless and without blame from the very point of His conception. This is why his embryo was called a "holy thing" (Luke 1:35).
His blood therefore qualified to be offered for the salvation of mankind. It is in this blood you are saved or redeemed to become the child of God. This is the blood that is very precious to God. This is the blood we all have access to becoming members of the family of God.
If one therefore claims to be saved or redeemed without the blood of Christ, he is not redeemed at all. This is because redemption cannot be through silver, gold, or any other corruptible thing. Salvation cannot be through the traditions of our fathers. It is only through the precious blood of Jesus. If you are saved by this sinless blood, then you can gratefully appreciate God for your salvation.
But if you are not yet saved, it is possible to be saved today, because we are in the day of His salvation.

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