May 06, 2021 – Thursday
1 Peter 1:18-21 NIV
18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors,
19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake
21 Through Him you believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
Our aim here is to get to verse 21 and Through Him you believe in God, but we need a bit of context so we will begin with verse 18. But first who was Peter writing to in this letter. He was writing to exiled or persecuted Christians throughout Asia Minor. He wants them to know they are now part of the family of Abraham and like Jews who are Christians, they fall under the new Passover with Jesus as the sacrificial lamb.
With the above in mind, verses 18-19 makes a great deal of sense where Peter states their redemption was not through some tradition or way of life from the past or idols of gold or silver, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. And while Jesus was without blemish or defect, all idols were perishable and corruptible things, even gold and silver. Here they are to see Christ’s blood as the real atonement for the sins of the world, just as they had likely heard about John the Baptist looking at Jesus and calling Him the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).
Coming now to verse 20-21, we find Jesus was chosen before the creation of the world to become the lamb without blemish or defect and would be the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. This was revealed in these last times in the time of the gospels as the last required sacrifice as the last bestowing of divine mercy on mankind. Knowing God raised Him from the dead, we can believe in God Who glorified Jesus. As a result our faith and hope are in God. For as Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:18, All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. Jesus did that for us and what are we to do with the ministry of reconciliation? Paul answers in 5:19b-20a, And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.
No matter our circumstances, as Christians, knowing the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins and His resurrection on the third day, we have the honor of being His ambassadors to the world around us. Let us not shirk from this honor because of what the world might think of us, but stand firm knowing Jesus said in Matthew 10:22, You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your wonderful mercy that You brought to all of us through Your Son. Your love and mercy are without bounds. You have done all that is necessary to bring us back to You through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. It is my prayer more and more will listen and see the truth in their hearts. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.