Words of the redeemed

From the epistle for this Sunday:

If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. (1 Peter 1:17-19, NRSV)

The futile ways that we have been ransomed or redeemed from are the “desires you formerly had in ignorance” (1:14) that are set against the command to be holy in all our conduct.

Jesus saved us, so we might be holy, free from the desires that drive us and distract us but never satisfy us. We are saved so we might have “genuine mutual love” not the false kindness or the exploitative exchanges of the marketplace — it is not what you know it is who you know — not the dehumanizing transactions that reduce other human beings to means to achieve our ends.

Against all this human way of striving is set the word of the Lord. The word of the Lord endures forever. It is the word of new birth and holiness and hope in the grace of Jesus Christ.

And so, Peter calls us to put away all malice, guile, insincerity, envy, and slander (2:1). As an application, today, I am reflecting on the ways that these non-godly kinds of speech and — as I am a blogger — writing attract me. Do I speak or write in these ways rather than out of love? Do I cherish the sense of power and the applause of other people that can be won by engaging in these kinds of talk? Or do I speak and write as one redeemed by the blood of Jesus?


One thought on “Words of the redeemed

  1. “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.

    I wonder how thin the crowd got after that statement?

     Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is ityou do not discern this time? Luke 12:56

    Jesus lost a few with that statement.

    “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would haverepented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. Luke 10:13

    These towns would certainly have been offended.

    The apostles pointed out to Jesus his words offended.
    Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”
     But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14 Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”
    Matthew 15: 12-14

    The problem with blogging is there is no person to person personal relationship formed.
    I have found one can say just about anything to the opposing person if that person believes what you say is said in love for the person and your objective is to help not harm.


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