Ransomed From Inherited Futile Ways

1 Peter 1:14-21 ESV

“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’ And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”

Former Sinful Passions

So, what are some of our former sinful passions? Things like lying, cheating, stealing, gossiping, sexual immorality, malice, hatred, envy, and bitterness, etc.? If we are followers of Jesus Christ, in truth, we will no longer walk in these things. They will no longer have control over our lives to where we obey them in practice. We will no longer be conformed to these sinful desires. Now we will be obedient to our Lord. We will no longer live as slaves of sin but now we will live as slaves of God and of his righteousness.

For we are to be holy in all of our conduct. And to be holy means to be separate (unlike, different) from the world because we are now being conformed to the likeness of Jesus Christ in his character. So it means to take on the character of Christ in how we live and to cast off that sinful character that we had previously. So this means that our conduct should represent Christ. We should be those who are honest, trustworthy, morally pure, upright, godly, faithful and those who practice self-control.

We are not to be those who immerse ourselves in our culture and who become like the world so as to win the world to what? You aren’t winning anyone’s hearts to the true Jesus and to true salvation by conforming to the world so that the world will not feel judged by you and so that they will feel that you are one of them. You might be winning them to a false gospel which is all one-sided, teaching that Jesus does everything for us but that nothing is required of us in return – no repentance and no obedience.

For that is the gospel that those who want us to immerse ourselves in our culture are teaching, in practice. Now don’t go by people’s statements of faith, for often you will find that there is a huge disconnect between their statements of faith and what they are actually teaching, in practice. For it appears that the vast majority of what is called church here in America has swung over to follow a diluted gospel which leads people into one-sided relationships with Christ which are no relationship with Christ at all.

For they are teaching that Jesus does everything for us and we do nothing other than to “believe” which is not really defined, not usually, and so people think of belief as just some acceptance of God’s grace, forgiveness and/or his affection into their lives but minus repentance (turning away from their sins) and minus obedience to Christ and to his commands (New Covenant). And that is a one-sided relationship, not a union with Christ, not a covenant of marriage with Christ where we love and obey him and revere him.

Don’t Follow Them

And so we aren’t to follow in the ways of our ancestors who taught such things or those who are teaching such things today. We are not to adopt the ways of our ancestors who professed faith in Christ but who still lived in sin, and who taught that you can believe in Jesus and be on your way to heaven despite how you live on this earth. If our parents or grandparents set bad examples to follow, then we should not follow those examples. We should be those who seek out the truth for ourselves and who follow the truth.

So, just know that Jesus Christ died on that cross to deliver you from your slavery to sin and to empower you to live in obedience to his commands in walks of holiness and righteousness. He died to deliver you from the power of and slavery to sin so you will now be slaves of God and of his righteousness. He died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness, and that we might live for him and no longer for ourselves, and to buy us back for God so we will now honor God with our lives.

[Rom 6:1-23; Eph 4:17-24; 1 Pet 2:24; 2 Co 5:15,21; 1 Co 6:19-20]

And also know that if you continue walking in sin, making sin your practice (addiction, habit), and if walking in obedience to the Lord in his righteousness and holiness are not your practice, the Scriptures teach that you don’t know Jesus, and he doesn’t know you, and you are not born of God, but you are of the devil, and you are a liar if you claim to be in fellowship with the Lord. For not everyone who says to Jesus, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven but the one DOING the will of God.

[Lu 9:23-26; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Rom 1:18-32; Rom 2:6-8; 1 Co 6:9-10; 2 Co 5:10; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-11; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Heb 10:26-31; 1 Pet 1:17-21; Jn 15:1-11; Matt 7:21-23; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]

Oh, to Be Like Thee, Blessed Redeemer

Lyrics by Thomas O. Chisholm, 1897
Music by W. J. Kirkpatrick, 1897

Oh, to be like Thee! blessèd Redeemer,
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.

Oh, to be like Thee! full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wandering sinner to find.

O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer others to save.

O to be like Thee! while I am pleading,
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love;
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit me for life and Heaven above.

Oh, to be like Thee! Oh, to be like Thee,
Blessèd Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.

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