By Benjamin H. Liles
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, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. ~ 1 Peter 1:18-19, NKJV
So I tell you this, and testify to it in the Lord: You must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. ~ Ephesians 4:17, Berean Study
God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed. ~ Romans 3:25, Holman Christian Standard
Holiness isn't an act on our part. It was done and accomplished by the Son of God, Jesus Christ. He put Himself on the cross. He could have commanded thousands of angels to bring Himself off, but He chose the nails; all because He loved and forgave you.
You stand before a good and righteous judge. Why? Because of a crime you committed. It could be anything - shoplifting, money laundering, murdering someone, the pens you lifted from work - things punishable by the law. Just as this judge will do his job to pass sentence, in walks his son.
This guy has no record, no flaws like we do. He comes before his own dad and says, "Wait! Hold back and allow me to take ________'s place." He receives the penalty for the crime we committed.
So, what Paul and Peter are so eloquently saying is that we are no longer bound by useless things that we can be held accountable for due to the Father's patience and love toward us. I could give countless verses showing God's love for us. But it boils down to one thing.
How would you live your life knowing someone came to your aid, while you were weak, according to the law, and took your punishment? Wouldn't you live each day as if it were your last? Wouldn't you find a way to show your gratitude and praise Him for what He has done?
I'm not perfect by any means, I make mistakes just as everyone else does as well. I still sin. However, I believe in the One who died in my place, who passed on to me His righteousness because of my faith in who He claims to be: the Son of God. His name? Jesus Christ of Nazareth. We have a new way of thinking if we allow Him to change us from the inside out. And this is what holiness is, being changed from the inside out so that we become more like Him.