“For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” 1 Peter 1:18-19 NLT
A ransom is the paying of a certain price to obtain one’s freedom. In Biblical times a slave was ransomed thru the money a person paid for their freedom. Our Heavenly Father, knowing how desperately engulfed in sin His creation was, paid the ultimate price to ransom us. It’s interesting to me how this translation refers to a person’s life prior to their conversion. It’s empty. Anything that’s empty can be of no value to anyone. For example, an empty water jug, an empty gas can, an empty bank account and so on. If not filled with something, preferably what it is designed to hold, it is of no help to us. Our soul had been bought back from the edge of sins ledge and has had new life breathed into it. Only the One who created us can do that for us.
I’m sure you must realize that all the amassed riches of the world cannot save us from our sin. Anything this world offers is temporal in that it shall either decay and crumble into dust or lose it’s value over time. The only thing that could possibly erase every sin and wash us white as freshly fallen snow is the blood of Christ. He is the spotless Lamb spoken of in scripture. He is the only sinless One who conquered death and the grave. He is the only One that now sits enthroned at the right hand of the Holy Father.
There is no only name by which men may be saved (Acts 4:12). Men attempt to find a simpler way to get to heaven. However, these ways are without sacrifice or a standard to follow. Men fail to listen to the one story that can liberate them from the bondage they are in. They are heavy laden with sin and don’t realize it. They’ll come up with all sorts of ideas, notions and concepts to replace the one way to eternal life. It’s so much simpler than most realize. Access to God’s heaven only comes thru Christ’s blood. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource(s): American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2011; published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company and the Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2012.