You Can’t Buy It

You cannot buy your redemption.  You can put your trust in your wealth here on earth, but it will fail you.  There is one thing that is certain: ALL MEN DIE.  Both the rich and the poor alike will meet this fate. 

Psalm 49 makes this point very clear.  All die, both rich and poor, both wise and unwise. 

It states in verses 7-9, “No man can by any means redeem his brother or give to God a ransom for him– for the redemption of his soul is costly, and he should cease trying forever– that he should live on eternally, that he should not undergo decay.”

Verse 10, “For he sees that even wise men die; the stupid and the senseless alike perish and leave their wealth to others.

Even if you were to pool all the wealth of the world into your bank account and were in some way to be able to transfer that into redeeming power, you would not be able to pay the ransom for the soul of one of your friends, or yourself.  Like the psalm says in verse 8, “for the redemption of [your] soul is costly.”

We need a ransom that is worth far more than we could ever pay for the sin debt that is on our account.  Just one sin gives us an eternity of sin debt.  And we each have more sins than we would like to even think about, much less one sin!  In Proverbs 11, verse 4, we read, “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.”

This righteousness is not our own righteousness.  For our own righteousness “is as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6) but it is the righteousness of Jesus Christ the Son of God (Philippians 3:9, 1 Corinthians 1:30-31, Romans 3:22, 8:9-11.)  This righteousness comes from being washed clean from our sins in blood of the Lamb who was slain on the cross at calvary.  Jesus is the ransom.  Christ is the One who can pay the price of our sin debt.  John 14:6 says, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

You can’t buy your way.  Jesus is the only One who can pay the penalty for our sin.  And He has done that.  We must come through Him.  “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out” Acts 3:18a. 

Matt Redman has written a song on his latest album that I would like to leave you with.  It is titled “This Is How We Know.”  Video

This is how we know, this is how we know what love is:
Just one look at Your cross.
This is where we see, this is where we see how love works,
For You surrendered it all.
And this is how we know that You have loved us first,
And this is where we chose to love You in return.

For You so loved the world, that You gave Your only Son.
Love amazing, so divine; we will love You in return.
For this life that You give, for this death that You have died;
Love amazing, so divine; we will love You in reply, Lord.

And our love will be loud, our love will be strong;
Our love should be hands and feet that love You in this world.
So let it stay true, and let it endure;
That You will be glorified and worshipped and adored.

King Jesus, we love You, for we have been loved.
King Jesus, we love You, for we have been loved.
We have been loved.

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