If you appeal to the Father who judges impartially according to each one’s work, you are to conduct yourselves in reverence during your time living as strangers. For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb. (1 Peter 1:17-18)
Pastor John’s Notes:
Our redemption requires both the activity of God and ours as well. God’s work is to provide the means of our redemption. As we saw yesterday, he does this in two parts. First, we are justified (made right with God) through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Second, we are sanctified (made holy) through the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit. All this is God’s work, and it is no trivial matter. God gave his only Son as a sacrifice for us all.
But God’s activity requires our response. Having lived as enemies of God, we are now to live in holy reverence of God. This reverence can begin when we appreciate the cost of our deliverance. God gave his only Son for us. There is no way for us to measure the cost of this gift. All we can do is marvel at it. But the marveling leads us to humble ourselves, and the humbling of ourselves leads to yielding to God. And the yielding leads us to the pursuit of God. All of this pleases God, who leads us then into the new life he has prepared for us.
Holy Father, lead me into a deeper appreciation of the gift of your Son. Help me to see that I have been purchased at a great price. Bring me then into a place of humility and reverence with an ever-increasing appreciation for what you have done for me.