Sunday, September 11, 2011

Costly Redemption

 1Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:
 2Both low and high, rich and poor, together.
 3My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
 4I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
 5Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?
 6They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
 7None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
 8(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)
 9That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption. 

Costly Redemption

True wisdom is ageless, priceless, and applies to all men, which is noted in Psalm 49, which begins with a command:
 1 Hear this, all peoples;
         Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
 2 Both low and high,
         Rich and poor together. (NKJV)
Note that this command applies to everyone, whether rich or poor; in other words, no one is exempt. What could be so important that we should stop everything and listen to the Psalmist? The wisdom of the Psalmist transcends all peoples and all times as he refers to something more important than life itself, and that is the state of our souls!

In truth, any wealth we gain in this life is inconsequential if it is at the cost of our souls. Our bodies live just a few fleeting years, but what then? Can those who trust in their wealth redeem the souls of their friends and families? Can they even redeem their own souls?

Ours is a costly redemption--one that a mere man is helpless to pay. Satan knew that when he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden; he knew that the knowledge of good and evil came at a terrible cost. His was a plan to destroy the entire human race.

God, in His great love, however, already had a solution in place. What man could not do, He would accomplish through the precious blood of His own dear Son who would come to this earth and give His life to purchase a people for God! Yes, ours is a costly redemption! For we are not speaking of just this physical life, but we are speaking of the eternal life of our souls. 

Our bodies will live only a few short years, but our souls will live for eternity. The question, then, is what will happen to our souls upon our death? How can the souls of a corrupt people even hope to live in eternity with a perfect and holy God? 

It is all rather amazing, is it not? God, in His great love and wisdom, not only created man, but rescued him from a fate truly worse than this physical death. In Christ we have a redemption pure and free; go to Him that you may still live forever and not see corruption!

Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all!

God Bless You,

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