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I Pet. 1:18-19

THE PRICE OF A SOUL

Oct 4, 1970 am


I PETER, WRITTEN ON THEME "HOW SAINTS ARE TO SUFFER" (15 TIMES) - BUT HERE HE GIVES THE MOTIVE

  • I Pet. shows the sufficiency of God's Grace, how we are to stand fast in the grace- in Christ
  • Peter reminds us the cost of that grace - v.19 - "The precious Blood of Christ" - spent for us
  • Is there worth enough in any soul for His Blood to be spent? Are YOU of value to God?  How much should we value our own soul?  What value on the soul of another?  WHAT DOES GOD SAY?

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF REDEMPTION??

If we look through man's eyes, we might think Jesus was worth only 30 pieces of silver - - Judas did!

BUT WHAT IS REDEMPTION THAT IT SHOULD PLAY SUCH A GREAT PART IN GOD'S ETERNAL WORD?

  • The word comes from a Greek term - Lutero - Ransoming a slave, paying the price for a man in a slave market
  • Though God created mankind with certain rights - liberty -- we have sold our birthright many ways
  • Sin with its glitter tricks mankind into slavery - promises to make us gods - makes us vain slaves!  v.18b

WHAT DID GOD PAY FOR OUR REDEMPTION, TO BUY US BACK FROM THE SLAVE MARKET OF SIN?

  • Not corruptible things - silver, gold - the value of these fluctuates - always has - mutual funds
  • We have taken years of vain conversations - rituals - making ceremonies of sin- deeper into sin
  • The only thing of sufficient value to buy us out was the Blood of Christ - God offered this for us!

WHAT VALUE WOULD YOU PLACE ON THE BLOOD OF CHRIST, WHAT VALUE MAKES IT CALLED PRECIOUS?

  • There are seven things in I Peter called precious - read it and count them each one!
  • The greatest of these is the precious Blood of Jesus Christ - God's only begotten Son!
  • As we count cost - what value of blood?  Another's?  Ours? Our children? Our only child?

The world tries to discount the Blood - but denying it will not reduce its value!

HOW MUCH DOES GOD VALUE A HUMAN SOUL??

Jesus told His disciples that they were of more value than many sparrows - Matt 10:31 - can you tell that to the Audubon Society?

WHERE CAN WE REALLY FIND JUST HOW MUCH GOD VALUES A HUMAN SOUL; ALL SOULS, EVEN ONE?

  • The judgment and justice of God is without respect of persons- but fair to all - I Pet 1:17
  • But there must be some reason why He has not destroyed us all - why longsuffering?  II Pet 3:9
  • God loves us enough that He made it possible for us to become His Sons - Joint Heirs with Christ

IN EVERY DETAIL AND FACT, MANKIND IS THE VERY CENTER OF GOD'S CREATION, THE WORLD FOR US

  • The world and all the wonderful things - created for our enjoyment, amusement, and use
  • It is God's great love for mankind that moved Him to His great plan for our salvation
  • But God's love is personal- individual - for each person - God is concerned about YOU!

JESUS CHRIST, GOD'S ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, SHOWS US THE HEART AND LOVE OF GOD FOR EACH PERSON

  • Jesus came to the earth for the express purpose of ransoming us - with His blood - Matt 20:28, 29
  • Jesus told His disciples about His blood - Matt 26:28 - "My blood, shed for remission of sin"
  • Jesus felt the personal worth of each soul- story of the 90 and 9 - value of one sheep - YOU

Great truth - "There is worth enough in any rascal to cost the spilling of the Precious Blood" - Austin O'Malley

HOW MUCH SHOULD WE VALUE A SOUL?

We live in an age of collectives - value of all mankind - but I want to see the value of one!

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF YOUR OWN SOUL?  WHAT IS THE VALUE OF YOUR OWN LIFE?

  • It is a strange paradox that man will grasp with such greed, yet sell himself so cheaply
  • Mark 8:36 asks just what a man would give in exchange for his soul - the whole world?
  • Some would hang on, just to throw away eternity - but real value is shown by giving to God

WHAT VALUE DO YOU PLACE ON THE SOUL OF ANOTHER?  ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT SOULWINNING?

  • When a family was lost - thousands were willing to go - Remember Kathy Fiscus in a well?
  • Like the Aurora Borealis - shown value of light - so in darkness men see value of a soul
  • But the real value is not the physical house - but the Soul of man - We miss the mark!

CAN YOU COUNT THE COST OF LETTING A SOUL GO, CAN WE TELL THE LOSS TO ALL MANKIND?

  • A Sunday School teacher missed a person- let the person drop - can we ever count the cost to the world?
  • This happened -- to Marylyn Monroe, an Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan, Kruschev, and Stalin -- Anti-Christ?
  • If Jesus counted each soul worth the cost of His own blood, why do we quit so easily?

As we promote in Sunday School, many are lost - will you help reach one?

CAN WE READJUST OUR VALUES IN THE LIGHT OF HIS GREAT LOVE?  VALUES FOR SELF AND OTHERS?

  • If Jesus loved you enough to die for you, then show your appreciation by receiving Him as your Savior
  • He shed His blood publicly - why not confess Him so - be baptized and become a local church member!
  • Once you learn the price of a soul, will you fail to witness and try to win?  Will you just let the world go by - unconcerned?

Give a word for those He gave His life for.