Summary: What does "redemption" mean? This sermon describes what being redeemed means.

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The Importance of Redemption

1 Peter 1:17-23

August 20, 2006 AM

Last week, we talked about being Holy – or the principle of Sanctification – being set apart for God’s service. This morning, we dive into the thought of how we can be sanctified and changed: the process of redemption.

Today’s passage shows why Jesus died on the Cross for our Sins. It shows why He suffered and bled – shedding His precious blood for our sins. It shows today – why being redeemed literally means life or death for an individual. Let’s read the text.


Redemption is defined as: “being purchased” or “to be purchased”

If you’ve been saved – you’ve been sins have been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ. You’ve been redeemed

Why is this so important?

I. We are not redeemed by:

a. Corruptible Things

i. Perishable Things

1. Silver and Gold

a. All of the money in the world cannot save you

“Men strive for the wealth of this wild, wicked world – they seek after honor and fame. So lavishly sporting their diamonds and pearls they put the dear Savior to shame. What profit is found in earth’s silver and gold? How sad at the close of life’s day, if for the exchange one must lose his own soul, from heaven’s door be turned away”

“I’d rather be in heaven than to own all earth’s silver and gold, I’d rather have Jesus than the diamonds of a palace to hold; I’d rather be a beggar, Live in a little shack by the road, Than to own all earth’s treasures, with no title to a future abode.:

b. Conversation – “Vain Conversation”

i. Aimless Conduct

1. Money can’t get you to heaven

2. Works can’t get you to heaven

a. A works based faith and salvation may lead someone to being a good person – but the road to heaven goes through Jesus, not just being good all the time.

II. We are redeemed by:

a. Precious Blood of Christ

i. Hebrews 9:11-14

1. Own Blood = Eternal Redemption for us

2. Purged the sins of the World

ii. Hebrews 9:15;26;28

1. Redemption = opportunity for eternal life

b. Blood came from a Spotless Lamb

i. Isaiah 53:7

1. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth.

ii. 1 Corinthians 5:7

1. Purge out the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

Israel’s redemption from bondage in Egypt required the sacrifice of a Pascal Lamb.

Our redemption from sin and its curse required the blood of Jesus Christ.

All of this happened because: God Loves You

1. Foreordained before the foundation of the world (20)

a. —“The redemption was in the plan of God before the world began” (Blum). The great things that God has done for us—planning Christ’s redemptive sacrifice and completing it in our time—place an additional incentive and obligation on us to keep on living a holy life. Redemption was no mere afterthought, no last-minute remedy God devised for an evil that he never dreamed would come up. In fact, God not only chose Christ before the foundation of the world, he chose us too.

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