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From: Rob Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Rob Smith <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, April 24, 2017 7:24 AM
1 Peter 1:18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
The word 'ransom' comes from old French words that mean: the sum paid for release of a prisoner or captured man. Can there be any doubt about the effectiveness of our salvation when the payment made was the life blood of Jesus? Can there be any doubt that this payment will satisfy the debt we owe for our sins? A ransom is a transaction. It isn't a pretty transaction but when it comes to saving lives it is a necessary one and one that was definitely accomplished. How is it that some wonder if they can know, for sure, if they are saved when such a clear and compelling ransom payment has been made. Perhaps they have not crossed the threshold of trust...of reliance...of faith that (a) they are a prisoner themselves and (b) the ransom was paid for them, personally.
Jesus has accomplished the payment and all people can look on the transaction, as they reflect on the Cross, and say, "Yes...your ransom payment applies to me!" and "I was a prisoner but you have set me free!"