Encouragements for our troubled times No. 50

COVID-19 Series | Date: 04 March 2021

The Elders and Deacons want to encourage the members and those who regularly meet with us through this weekly letter. If you have news which you would be happy to share with the fellowship or request for prayer, then please let us know.

A message from our Pastor

1 Peter 1:18-19

“Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver and gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

We live in times when an old error has crept back into our churches. It is one that the Roman Catholic Church has kept alive, but, in recent times has started to be heard in evangelical churches. It is the error that our salvation will ultimately be decided upon by our works. This teaching has been popularised by people like John Piper who calls it final salvation.

Now, this error can be very troubling to the saint, because we know that when we have done our best, we are still unprofitable servants. Therefore, if our salvation, at the last, must stand on our works then, we fear we will not be saved. So, it is good to be reminded of these precious promises and truths that we find in these verses.

They remind us that we are already redeemed. That our Saviour has already purchased us from the works of the law so that we no longer have to keep them to live eternally. He has kept them for us, paid the price for us, and has bought us back from the condemnation of the law. We are now the redeemed of the Lord and no more price has to be paid for us; “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

And we were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver and gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers. Nothing of this world or of man was required for our salvation. God did not require offerings or sacrifices that we could make, for our salvation. He did not require good works or a pious life before He would save us. No, the requirements for our salvation were completely and entirely placed on Jesus' shoulders. His works on Calvary and the merit of the sacrifice that He made for our sin there are the only requirement for our salvation.

O, how wonderful to know that we were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. Nothing that we could ever offer could be worthy but the precious blood of Christ is infinitely worthy and covers all our sin. He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. Only He can remove sin. Only His perfect sacrifice is without spot or stain and is acceptable to God. And it’s because of this great price that has been paid for us we now glorify God with our bodies and with our spirits which are now God’s.

Therefore, brethren do not let this error trouble you but be comforted with the truth that if you are redeemed by the precious blood of our Saviour then you are, and ever will be, His precious purchased possession now and for all eternity.

There is a fountain filled with blood Drawn from Immanuel’s veins; And sinners, plunged beneath that flood, Lose all their guilty stain.