Summary: Examining the redemption that is possible through Christ
I Stand Redeemed
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- A gathering of friends at an English estate nearly turned to tragedy when one of the children strayed into deep water. The gardener heard the cries for help, plunged in, and rescued the drowning child. That youngster's name was Winston Churchill. His grateful parents asked the gardener what they could do to reward him. He hesitated, then said, "I wish my son could go to college someday and become a doctor." "We'll see to it," Churchill's parents promised. Years later, while Sir Winston was prime minister of England, he was stricken with pneumonia. The country's best physician was summoned. His name was Dr. Alexander Fleming, the man who discovered and developed penicillin. He was also the son of that gardener who had saved young Winston from drowning. Later Churchill remarked, "Rarely has one man owed his life twice to the same person." (Ron Hutchcraft, Wake Up Calls, Moody, 1990, p. 22.)
- Like Churchill I owe my life twice to the same person. My Heavenly Father gave me life and then gave me eternal life. You see the first time I was born I was conceived in sin and born in iniquity. I was on a path that led to condemnation and there was NOTHING I could do to change that. But God in His abundant mercy sought me and bought me with the precious blood of His dear Son. As I stand before you today, I Stand Redeemed!
"When I think of all my faults and my failures"
"When I consider all the times I let God down"
"I am humbled at the grace He has extended"
"I'm amazed at the mercy I have found"
"I could never earn His love on my own"
"Yet every time I come before His throne"
"I stand redeemed, by the blood of the Lamb"
"I stand redeemed before the great I Am"
"When He looks at me, He sees the nailed scarred Hands"
"That bought my liberty -- I stand redeemed"
(I Stand Redeemed, as sung by Legacy Five)
Praise God for redemption! It is that redemption that The Apostle Peter wrote about here in I Peter 1:18-25. I would like to walk through these verses and preach about the fact that "I Stand Redeemed". I hope and pray that you too can say "I Stand Redeemed". But if you can't say that at this moment... stick with me for a little while and I will show you that redemption is possible for you today! Let's begin in verse 18 and examine:
I. THE PLAN OF REDEMPTION - v18 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;
- God the Father created a perfect world. He created man and woman and placed them in "The Garden of Eden". God commanded them not to eat of "the tree of knowledge of good and evil" . God warned Adam that if he did, he would surly die. Satan came and tempted Adam and Adam failed, and from that very moment death and decay came into the perfect world that God had given man. For this reason we are guilty sinners as well - Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: