Monday, November 13, 2017

God Has Redeemed Us With A Price

       "Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, in which you tend the church of God that he acquired with his own blood." (Acts 20:28)

       Prior to the Apostle Paul's departure from Miletus to Jerusalem, he summoned a farewell conference of bishops from the city of Ephesus. This meeting consisted of the apostle discussing how he had opened the door of salvation for his audience by proclaiming the entirety of God's salvation plan, the upcoming persecution that he must face as a result of his steadfast commitment to the gospel, gave an exhortation to the overseers to guard the faith against destructive heresies which could even arise from within the Christian congregations, and concluded with an inspired saying of the Lord Jesus Christ in condemnation of selfishness. Paul was for the last time reinforcing the necessity of self-dedication by attesting himself as an example of supporting the cause of Christ. He was consigning the task of preaching the gospel to the members of that community. We also learn from the text of Acts 20:28 the means by which God has enabled us to become His people.

       God has saved those who believe on Him by the shed blood of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. That was the cost for our debt of sin, and we should be forever grateful for His lovingkindness. Jesus Christ was crucified, buried, and resurrected for our transgressions. He gave Himself up as a sacrifice for our sins as an atonement for the sins of mankind. We do not belong to ourselves because He bought us with an infinite price. We are now able to rightly be deemed children of God. Indeed, the gospel is, "that gracious word of his that can build you up and give you the inheritance among all who are consecrated" (Acts 20:32).

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