OUT OF THE SLAVE MARKET

Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct 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

You probably read the same thing that I did: “A four day week is being suggested.” Fortunately, my father did not read that article; he probably would have had a stroke or heart-attack. One of his unique attitudes was: “Work is fun!” Believing that, with all his heart, he disciplined himself along those lines and to make sure that we, his children, would gain that identical attitude. It did not kill any of us!

As I was reading Romans 1, I was reminded that when the Apostle Paul began that epistle he began with the words: “Paul, an apostle…” Literally it might be translated, “Paul, a bond-slave…” You see, a slave was purchased out of the slave-market. If at the fulfillment of his time of service, he chose to remain with his master, he was pierced through the ear with an awl. This was an indication that he loved his master with such love that he was now a “bond-servant.” I sometimes thought that I was a slave, but as the years rolled by, I have more and more appreciation of my father’s direction in our lives, at a very early age.

More and more I have sought to be identified as a “bond-servant” of Jesus Christ. You see, Jesus Christ paid the price for my procurement from the slave market when He went to Calvary as my substitute. I was a child of the devil, but I was purchased with His blood, redeemed at Calvary, and became a “child of God” when in faith I trusted Him as Savior and Lord of my life.

Follow for a moment that momentous event: “Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” (1 Peter 1:18,19)

His sinlessness, His spotlessness, His unblemished sacrifice and His risen, resurrected personage is the basis of mans redemption… His soon return is promised!

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