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Learn to live obedient (5)

4-The Written and the Truth
For it is written “Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16).

Our Lord Jesus Christ, says “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” (John 15:3). We cannot obey while being away from God’s word. Apostle Peter says “Purify your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit” (1 Peter 1:22).

God’s word is able and can free us from every intransigence and disobedience, for that, Apostle James says “Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).

Away from God’s word, we will be filled up with pride, arrogance, intransigence and determination. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword. Our Master, Glory to His name, has said in His last prayer “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17). “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

When we get closer to the word, we separate from our past, and realize the privileges reserved for us from our Heavenly Father, and we partake with him in His Holiness and His divine nature.

5 - Redemption with blood and paternal love
“Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18, 19).

How sweet the word of God is; after speaking about God who judges and about the fear and paternal prestige, Apostle Peter speaks about the redemption to assure and comfort us that, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Yes, our father chastens and judges and we fear Him, but this fear is not fear of slaves but fear of children. Therefore, while being chastened, we are confident that we are children and very dear to our God’s heart. If we sin, we must be chastened but we trust that we are redeemed by a precious blood.

Apostle Peter says: you were redeemed from your bad conduct, which means we were not redeemed from our sins and slavery only but also from our aimless conduct. Our conduct, in the past, was empty from any meaning or aim yet it was full of lusts and ignorance. We were redeemed from the emptiness and desolation. “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” (1 Corinthians 15:32). But now we are redeemed by the precious blood of God.

Magdy Samuel

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