As I opened my email program to draft this message my inbox had one from the blood bank encouraging me to give a pint! I regularly donate blood, so at one level this is no surprise. But I thought it interesting because this “installment” is the one which addresses the truth of our identity as those who are blood bought!
Let’s briefly review. We have already discussed two phrases:
I am – what we are considering is true, not make believe, and our focus in not on what we do, but rather on who we are.
a dearly beloved – not just God so loves the world, but an individual—different from any other—whom Papa dearly loves—just as much as He loves Jesus!
And today, blood bought.
The idea that Jesus shed His blood on our behalf is oft stated in Scripture. But what is the point of including this in an affirmation of our identity? Why is being blood bought significant to who we ARE? Two key passages in the new testament help us understand.
In First Corinthians 6, God is speaking through Paul on the importance of living holy (doing the right thing, living different than when we were of the world). In that context he says, Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. Sometimes what we don’t know can hurt us! Did you hear the question? Paul asks specifically, Or do you not know? To live right you need to know that your body is a temple, that you are not your own, and that you have been bought with a price.
In the second passage, this one from First Peter, we are told that Jesus bought our redemption, we were bought and set free from slavery (a way of life which led nowhere). His purchase wasn’t accomplished with gold or silver, but rather with something far more precious: the blood of Jesus. Once again knowing the truth about being blood bought is being shared in the context of how we live. Peter says, live well while here on earth, knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
I absolutely believe we will live-out who we are. But often we need to know who we are before we will live it out. Regularly speaking an affirmation of our identity can be used by God to lead us into living (“walking about in”) newness of life. Based on the Scriptures, being blood bought is something we need to know before it will show up in how we live. Particularly as we approach Easter, may He remind you of what Christ has done as you affirm:
I am a dearly beloved, blood bought, child of the King.
May He enable us to live who we are.