The Futile Way of Life Is Inherited
The Futile Way of Life Is Inherited
1 Peter 1:17-19 says:
And if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each man’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay upon earth; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
Peter’s words here are extremely precious. First of all, they point out who we are. We are the ones who pray to God the Father. Sounds impressive. And we all know that our Father will very impartially judge us all according to our work.
In other words, we can’t afford to be hypocrites because our God knows our every thought and intent. Our God is merciful and loving, but He is also just. If we make out like good Christians, but act like a bunch of heathens once we’re outside of the church parking lot, our heavenly Father will take that into account on our judgment day.
That is precisely why we need to respectfully fear our Redeemer every day of our lives.
To be “redeemed” is to be “bought” — just as we redeem a coupon and it buys us something. The coupon we present for our redemption is dripping with the blood of Jesus. It says something to the effect that I get to have all of eternal life for free, just because Jesus has already paid for this gift with His blood on the cross. This coupon is validated with the blood of Christ. It will never lose its redemptive value of 100% eternal life and freedom from all sin.
So, what am I going to do with this coupon that has been freely given to me? Will I throw it in the garbage? Will I carelessly lose it with the sins of unbelief and self-righteousness? Will I misplace it and imagine that my church attendance and good works will serve just as well for this special coupon?
There is no money in heaven. We were not bought with worthless money or good works. We were bought and totally paid for with the blood of Jesus. So? We don’t belong to ourselves. We belong to God. He bought us.
Well, who / what did we belong to before? We used to belong to the “futile way of life inherited from our forefathers“. What was that? It was idol worship, superstitions, fears, demons, myths, fables, lies, hatreds, falsehoods, orgies, sexual misconduct, stealings, murders, and the like.
Because of the blood of Jesus, we are now free, free, free. We are free from all the lies contained in the various belief systems of idol worship, superstitions, witchcraft, fears and myths of all sorts.
We don’t have to live like our forefathers any more. They were heathens.
Why do we, as redeemed children of the one and only LORD God, want to go back to that worthless way of life and impose that worthlessness on our children? Is this what we want our children to inherit from us? Do we really want our children to be afraid of nothings?
Our stay on earth in this life is relatively very short. So short that Peter warns us that we need to conduct ourselves in fear. We are all sinners. God knows that and is so willing to forgive all our sins through our Savior. But, we cannot mock the LORD Almighty by claiming to be Christians and yet denying Christ by taking part in the falsehoods He died to free us from.
We have been freed from all lies, superstitions, witchcrafts, and everything else that is futile in this world. Why don’t we act like it? Why don’t we respect the dying love of our Savior enough to turn away from all those myths and loose life styles? This is only the junk we inherited from our forefathers. It’s worthless.
Don’t we want to live in freedom, love and faith? Peter tells us in 1 Peter 4:3,
“For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles…”
In other words, enough is enough. None of that stuff does us any good. And it certainly is not good for the growing faith of our children.
We need to care for our children with the love of God. Let us serve the living God and not the figment of someone’s imagination.