“For… you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.”
1 Peter 1:18‭-‬19

Anyone who understands salvation will unequivocally agree that it’s the most valuable gift in the whole world.

Naturally, anything of great value is costly and not free. This gift, on the other hand, is different. It is free! To partake of its benefits, all one has to do is believe.

To be honest, this begs the question of the value of this salvation. Based on worldly standards, anything of value can only be acquired with something equally valuable such as money, treasures, assets, equities, etc.

So, the question is “Was a price paid for salvation?” If yes, “How much?” Our anchor scripture answers this clearly – the precious blood of Jesus Christ!

Apostle Peter, using comparisons, explained the value of this salvation. He used adjectives like “without defect or blemish” (1 Peter 1:19), “imperishable”, “unfading”, “uncorrupted” (1 Peter 1:4) to convey his point. He also said it’s not like unto “perishable things like silver or gold” (1 Peter 1:18).

And these are just a few examples from the word of God.

Knowing how costly our salvation is, how are we supposed to conduct ourselves? Apostle Paul gives us a clue in 2 Corinthians 5:15 (HCSB):

“And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.”

In essence, as soon as we believe the Gospel, we have committed ourselves to bid our personal ambitions and desires goodbye. We now live for the One who died for us – Jesus.

Another scripture that explains this is Galatians 2:20 NKJV. It reads:

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

This seems like a lot to demand of us but if we call to mind the value of the salvation we’ve received, we will agree it’s worth it.

Having learnt all this, my instruction to you is this: Make a conscious effort today and for the rest of your life to conduct your affairs as someone whom Christ died for. Live for Him and Him alone.

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