“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet."--Matthew 5:13

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Purchased By His Blood

I have purchasing power. When I go shopping, I use a form of currency to purchase a product. Every country has their own form of currency. In America, we use the dollar. The dollars I use to purchase items have either been earned or given to me. Depending on its worth and quality, I may have to use more currency to buy an item.

Christ also has purchasing power. But the price of Christ's purchase never fluctuates. His purchase is the same price, albeit a mighty expensive one.

Calvary by Paolo Veronese
What did Christ purchase? Acts 20:28 states that Christ purchased the church. He purchased His people out of bondage from sin.

What did Christ purchase with? Christ's purchase was made by His blood and His atoning death on the cross (Acts 20:28). Christ's payment was so expensive that it cost Him His life. The blood of a righteous substitute was necessary for His people to be made clean.

Those that Christ purchased now belong to Him. Since He paid the price with His blood, His people have become heirs with Him (Romans 8:17). His people were once slaves to sin. But Christ set them free by His blood on the cross. He payed the price for His elect, when it was impossible for them to make the payment. By Christ's blood, His people are free (Ephesians 1:7).

Furthermore, Christ's payment lasts forever (Hebrews 7:25). Since Christ died for sin, nothing can separate His people from the love and grace of God (Romans 8:39). Nothing can snatch God's people out of His hand (John 10:29). They are His forever.

No matter how much money I have, my purchasing power is weak compared to the payment that Christ has made. Try to make it a point to remember His eternal payment as we celebrate His death this Friday.

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