Each census was to be attended with a redemption. Every one of the Lord’s people was thus to be redeemed as a testimony to all generations that redemption is essential to acceptance with God. Had we not been bought with a price, the fierce plagues of divine punishment would have followed us even to the lowest hell.
God sets his own estimate upon men, for he best knows their value. The standard of our indebtedness is not left to be fixed by our own feelings; the Lord’s own will is the law of our condition. Duty is duty, because He requires it.
Exodus 30:14, 15
Believers vary in knowledge, gifts, and graces, but they are all redeemed with the same price. The meanest believer was bought with the same blood as the chief of the apostles. The poor, the obscure, the faulty, the illiterate, are as dear to the heart of Jesus as the richest and most gifted saint. What a sweet thought! Here is the true equality. “His righteousness is unto all and upon all them that believe, for there is no difference.” Let us all equally bless and love the Lord by whose blood we are equally redeemed.
A memorial of them testifying that the price was paid, and a memorial to them of their great indebtedness to the Redeemer.
1 Peter 1:15-21
The obligations arising out of our redemption by the Lord Jesus are set forth in 1 Peter 1:15-21.
1 Peter 1:16
The essence of religion consists in the imitation of him whom we worship.
1 Peter 1:17
Let a childlike fear of offending your Great Father ever restrain you from sin. “Blessed is the man who feareth always.”
1 Peter 1:18-19
The same price which redeems us from destruction also redeems us from our vain conversation; and this is no less than the heart’s blood of the Son of God. Until the world can offer us something more precious than the blood of Jesus, we shall feel ourselves bound by bonds of love to walk in holiness, to Jesus’ praise.
1 Peter 1:20, 21
The love of Jesus to us is no novelty; he was ordained to redeem us ere worlds began; let none of the trifles of earth charm us with their new pretensions. It was truly practical love which brought him to earth to be our suffering substitute; let our love be practical too; not in word only, but in deed and in truth. O to be a redeemed family, and to live as such. The Lord grant it for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Lord, I desire to live as one
Who bears a blood-bought name,
As one who fears but grieving Thee,
And knows no other shame.
As one by whom Thy walk below
Should never be forgot;
As one who fain would keep apart
From all Thou lovest not.