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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

What Money Cannot Buy

Today's Verse:

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; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: ~1 Peter 1:18-19

 

All of us understand the importance of money. Money is the means by which we transact business and purchases. It is what drives economies and is the engine behind the free enterprise system. You need money to buy the necessities and luxuries in life. However, there are things in life that money cannot buy. Money cannot buy real love. Money cannot buy real happiness. Money cannot buy you good health when you have been diagnosed with a serious disease. Beyond all of these things, money cannot buy you eternal life. The most important thought is, "When I leave this life, where will I go?" Our devotion this morning teaches us the importance of being 100% sure that you are going to Heaven when you leave this life. It teaches us that eternal life is not something we can purchase, but something that has been purchased for us.

 

We see an executed promise.

“Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.” After Adam and Eve sinned, God gave the promise of the Messiah Who would come to be the payment for our sin. Adam and Eve were gripped with the serious consequence of their sin, and they were anxious for the Messiah to come during their lifetime. God’s plan was that “when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law.” Peter reminded the believers that Jesus came and fulfilled the promise of the Father when He (that is, Jesus) died for our sins. The Son of God is the only man Who could take away our sins. The long, awaited promise was executed and completed.

 

We see an extravagant payment.

Peter explains to us how this payment for our sins was made. It was not a financial transaction paid by monetary means, as silver and gold. Back in those days, the most accepted means of payment universally for anything was with silver and gold. However, silver and gold cannot pay for our sins! Silver and gold are corruptible and insufficient. Only the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is sufficient to pay our sin debt in full. His blood is sinless and holy blood. His blood that was shed was personal blood. His blood is purifying blood that washes away all of our sins. His blood is payment blood! The blood of an innocent lamb, of bulls, and of goats cannot satisfy the just demands of God in full. Jesus' shed blood paid our sin debt in full. That’s why it is called precious blood. His shed blood was an extravagant payment. Money cannot buy salvation: only the shed blood of Christ can.

 

We see our exalted Prince.

In v. 21, we read a wonderful statement concerning Jesus and His fulfillment of our sin debt. It says God gave Him glory. God has highly exalted Jesus as Lord and King. He rose victorious over the grave. He conquered sin, Satan, and death. He ascended up into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God. He is the head of the body, the church. He is far above all principalities, powers, creation, and the heavenlies. He is our exalted Prince!

 

We see an excellent procurement.

The most important action that must be procured is that you must believe that Christ took your place and mine by dying for us. When you put your faith alone in Jesus for your sins, then you have faith and hope in God. You have a faith that is obedient and a hope that is complete. Taking Jesus as your Savior is the best thing you can do. By doing so, you are accepting for your eternal security what money cannot buy.

 

Jesus' shed blood has purchased our salvation and paid the sin debt in full. If you are already saved, give God the glory for this. If you are not saved, call on the Lord right now to be your Savior, and He will forgive you of all your sins and make you a son of God today.

 

Have an eternally secure God Morning!

 

Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Samuel 18-20

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