Salvation in Judgment
Originally scheduled for August 21
1 Peter 1:17-19 NASB If
you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to
each one's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your
stay on earth; (18) knowing that you were not redeemed with
perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life
inherited from your forefathers, (19) but with precious blood, as of
a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
It has lately become
unfashionable in the church to speak of the possibilities of
Judgment Day. One should not conclude, however, that Judgment Day
will not occur simply because we are not preparing for it. In this
passage, Peter makes three points about Judgment Day which are
useful for us in preparing for it.
First, God is impartial in judging you by the works you have done.
This does not necessarily mean that he will be pleasing you, but you
can be assured of honest judgment by one who knows everything.
The subtle phrasing of “the time of your stay on earth” should
remind us that we are just passing through this world, it is not our
permanent home. We have a limited time to get it right.
Therefore, we should conduct ourselves in the fear of the Lord. A
parallel way to look at it might be this: an automobile can be very
destructive, which is why you should drive carefully.
We have been
redeemed. We been taken out the old lifestyle, the one we inherited
from our ancestors. If that lifestyle had produced heavenly results,
we’d probably stay with it. It produces futility instead. Just
because the wrong answer is an old one doesn’t make it a good idea.
God did this for us in a way which fits his eternal nature. Peter
tells us that we were not redeemed with “perishable things” — which
I would interpret to mean something like leaving the milk out of the
refrigerator — and gives us the example of gold and silver. God’s
definition of eternal seems to run a little longer than ours. He
didn’t buy us at the slave market.
us with the precious blood of his son, Jesus Christ. It is precious
because it is sinless, the perfect sacrifice. He went to the cross
like a lamb to the slaughter, and unblemished and spotless lamb.
When we partake of the cup of communion we are saying to the world
that by the blood of Christ we are redeemed. It is a reminder to us
of his sacrifice; and we need to be not so much taught as reminded.