17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 1 Peter 1:17-21
Someday all of us will stand in judgement before the Lord. Believers will go through the Bemaseat judgment which will be a judgement of our faithfulness with the gifts given here on earth in service to the Lord. With knowledge of this truth we should have a holy fear of who the Lord is. Some look at their relationship with God as some type of hobby or something that is flippant. But we need to recognize the price that was paid for our freedom as believers in Jesus Christ.
It was the precious blood of Jesus that set us free. Under the Old Covenant Israel had animal sacrifices and the reason this was instituted is because life was found in the blood. So to give an accounting of their sin the life of an animal was taken. But this had to be performed over and over again. The blood of animals covered the sin, but did not remove the sin and set them free.
But it is through Christ alone that we are set free. His sacrifice only had to happen one time because His sacrifice was perfect. He gave His very lives for ours and His life was without sin. He didn’t deserve the cross and the wrath poured out upon Him. But His love led Him to Calvary, His love led Him to the cross, His love held Him to the cross. He laid down His life simply because of His love for us.
Jesus death and resurrection were foreordained before the foundations of the earth. The Lord knew that when He created Adam and Eve that they would indeed sin and reject His commands. That sin would enter in and separate the human race from God. But long before anything was created the plan was put into place.
But Jesus coming and giving His life, He would one day rule the earth through love. All those who would rule and reign with Him would do so out of freewill and out of choice. Those who follow Christ do so because they choose to follow Him. The kings of the earth now force people to serve and submit to them. But in Christ all things are done in love. Jesus gave His love and the plan for Him laying down His life was before anything was created.
Before even angels were created the Lord knew that Satan would rebel and a third of the angels would follow after him. Many people ask “why would God create Satan if he knew he would rebel”. The answer simply is God’s ways are above our ways and someday when we walk with the Lord in His kingdom we will fully understand all things. But God knows all things and nothing takes Him by surprise.
He knows our every mistake and shortcoming and has chosen us in light of knowing all this. I often am in awe as I sit in the Lord’s presence and think about His love, grace, and mercy for me. I understand fully that it is by His grace alone as I sit and type these words. None of us who follow Christ have anything to be prideful about. We are nothing without Jesus and the more we come to know Him the more we come to know the depth of His sacrifice for us.