TEXT: 1 Peter 1:17-21
READING: Ephesians 1:1-23
SUBJ: The blood of Christ and its value to all concerned: The Father, the Son, and we who believe.
AIM: That we might know of the price of our redemption as it is depicted to us in the blood of Christ.
INTR: The term “the blood” rolls easily off the lips of many who give little or no thought to what makes it the “precious blood.” They sing “Power in the Blood” without knowing the reason of it.
1. Spurgeon expressed a fear of preaching about the Gospel and not preaching the Gospel. The blood of Christ is the basis for all that is Gospel to us.
2. “Without shedding of blood is no remission.” Therefore, without shedding of blood there is no Gospel.
3. Yet, if we only see the act of bleeding and the pouring out of bodily fluid and do not see the depth of meaning and its value, we fail to see just how precious the blood of Christ is.
THESIS: It is the value placed on the blood by the Father, the Son, and us that truly deems it of great value and thus it is called precious.
I. Forasmuch as you know (vv. 17-18)
1. We know that any act of redeeming requires a payment – monetary or otherwise.
1) The price of some possession – animal or object
2) The freedom of one enslaved
2. What we first know about redemption is that no amount of money, labor or commitment can obtain it. Although many have died to save the life of another, nothing by the blood of Jesus can redeem us from sin and its consequences.
1) Consider the depth of sin: Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
2) The hopelessness of sins effect in us: “having no hope and without God in the world.”
3. The traditions that enslaved us were discovered to be vain (empty and profitless). Sin and empty practices are passed down from generations leaving all without hope.
4. We must be redeemed from the Law and its consequences and man does not have the price or even a part of it.
II. The precious Blood of Christ (v. 19)
1. Consider the “sweet smelling” sacrifices of the Old Testament and Who had to be pleased. The valued of a proper sacrifice was understood as that which pleased God.
2. Consider further that the blood of Christ is the same as ours (He is a man) but without any taint of sin and death.
3. The value of the blood of Christ is seen:
1) To God as the only price of ransom for His chosen ones
2) To the Son as giving all He had – “the life of the body is in the blood” and so the life of Christ.
3) To the believer, knowing of:
i. Justification –Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
ii. Forgiveness – Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
iii. Peace – Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
iv. And reconciliation – See Col 1:20 and 2 Cor 5:19 (God in Christ).
4. Further we think of cleansing (Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,) and the confirmation in that it is called the “blood of the everlasting covenant.”
5. We are made nigh by the “blood of Christ.”
6. Overcoming is by the “blood” (Rev. 12:11)
7. The Lamb of God “without blemish and without spot…” – Innocent, meek, without malice and so we understand the picture of Christ. (Note: Christ did not come into the world to act like a lamb. The lamb was put here to picture how Christ would act).
III. Our foreordained substitute (vv. 20-21)
1. What we now see and hear was determined before the foundation of the world.
2. A further note on the price of redemption is that it was known in eternity that no other would possess the necessary perfection to obtain satisfaction for His own.
3. It is by Him that we believe:
1) Ability is given
2) The sacrifice is provided
4. This is the God who declared acceptance of His offering by raising Him from the dead
5. Faith and hope are therefore in God
6. “ye know” (v. 18) to “believe” in (v. 21)