1Pet 1:18 Knowing that it was not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, that you were redeemed from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers, 19 But with precious blood, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot, the blood of Christ;
As fallen human beings, we were in a dreadful situation before we experienced Christ's redemption: we were merchandise up for sale in an unclean marketplace, the marketplace of the vain manner of life. We were merchandise up for sale in Satan's shopping center, in his unclean, worldly market. Today all of human society is an unclean market. Although we were items on sale in Satan's shopping center, Christ came to purchase us, to redeem us. He paid a very high price to buy us--the price of His precious blood. Satan did not want Christ to buy us. Satan's plan was that we would be bought by someone else. Unwilling to release us, to let us go, he raised up many obstacles and barriers to frustrate Christ from purchasing us. Nevertheless, Christ died on the cross and shed His precious blood to redeem us. From our side, we were purchased, but from Satan's side, we were redeemed. The blood that redeemed us was an extraordinary kind of blood-- the blood of the God-man, Jesus Christ, the Man whose life reached the highest standard. The Lord Jesus is a Man mingled with God. Therefore, when this Man died on the cross, God also passed through death. No human words are adequate to explain this. Only the blood of Christ was qualified and sufficient to redeem us, to purchase us. We had been put on sale by the enemy Satan, our usurper. But Christ, our Redeemer, paid the highest price to purchase us. (c) 2007 Living Stream Ministry.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of First Peter, pp. 98-99. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: email@example.com.
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