No man can possibly redeem his brother or pay his ransom to God. For the redemption of his soul is costly, and never can payment suffice, that he should live on forever and not see decay… But God will redeem my life from Sheol, for He will surely take me to Himself. —Psalm 49:7-9, 15
Sin is a serious matter. It is an eternal matter. There is eternal life and there is eternal death. Every person is an eternal person. Each of us will spend eternity in heaven or hell. To reject what God has done for us through Jesus is to condemn oneself forever in hell. We are told that “Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (John 3:18) and “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. Whoever rejects the Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36).
Sin is so evil. No man can right himself before a Perfect, Pure and Almighty God. No man can make another right before Almighty God. “No man can possibly redeem his brother or pay his ransom to God.” Why? “For the redemption of his soul is costly, and never can payment suffice, that he should live on forever and not see decay.” No amount of work or wealth can ever make a person right before God.
If you could own the wealth of the whole world it would never be enough to be right with God. A person cannot payoff God to be made right. “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Mark 8:36-37). What can a man give? Nothing! No payment is ever enough and no work is ever enough. All religious systems that encourage payment or works are a false system.
So how can man be made right with God? Man cannot do it, but God can! “But God will redeem my life from Sheol, for He will surely take me to Himself.” Yes! “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God” (I Peter 1:18-21).
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” —Romans 10:9-13
Dear Father I so thank You for what You have done for me through Jesus. May I live a life of gratitude and faithfulness to You. Thank You for Who You are and that You do all things right and that I can trust You fully. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.