Bible Passage:1 Peter 1:18
knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers.
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This should draw you, he would say, to the fear of God, that you should remember how much it has cost that you might be redeemed. Before, you were citizens of the world and were held in subjection to the devil, but now God has rescued you from such a state and has set you firm in another, so that your citizenship is in heaven, and now strangers and guests upon earth. See at how great a cost God has reclaimed you and how great the treasure is with which you have been purchased and brought into this state to become the children of God! For this reason, pass your time in this world in fear; see to it that you do not despise such redemption and lose the noble, precious treasure. Here it is well to mark that Peter says you are redeemed from your futile way of life which you inherited from your forefathers. This is as much as to say: All that which our ancestors have invented and done was evil. What from them has been taught you concerning the worship of God is also evil, for it has cost the Son of God His blood to redeem people therefrom. Whatever therefore has not been washed in this blood is all poisoned and cursed by reason of the flesh. The more a man undertakes to make himself righteous and has not Christ, the more he confounds himself and sinks deeper in blindness and wickedness, and condemns himself by rejecting this precious blood.
Behold the Savior of mankind
Nailed to the shameful tree!
How vast the love that Him inclined
To bleed and die for Thee!
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