1 Peter 1:1-2
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
1. There was blood in Christ; He took the true nature of His brethren that He might serve and satisfy God in the same nature that had offended.
2. This blood was shed. If you ask, who shed it? I answer, Judas by selling it; the priests by advising it; the people by consenting to it; Pilate by decreeing it; the soldiers by effecting it; Christ Himself by permitting it, and after presenting it to God (Hebrews 9:14), our sins, that chiefly caused it.
3. It is not enough that the blood of Christ be shed unless it be applied also, which the word "sprinkling" notes.
4. This effusion of blood was solemnly pre figured or foretold by the sacrifices of the law. For this word "sprinkled" is a metaphor borrowed from the legal sprinkling, which shows us two things.
(1) The great account that God and good men make of it in that it was so solemnly and anciently typed out.
(2) That the ceremonies of that Law are now abolished, seeing we have the true sprinkling of the blood.
5. That our estate in Christ is better now than our estate in Adam was. That Christ's righteousness imputed to us is better then that righteousness was, inherent in Adam. Now for the world to come; heaven is better than paradise.
6. We can never discern our comfort in the blood of Christ till we be sanctified in spirit, and set upon the reducing of our lives unto the obedience of Christ. Justification and sanctification are inseparable.
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