Proverbs 21: King James Bible
A Ransom – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 18
18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – A Ransom
There are two words here that need to be focused on in the scripture above. These two words are the qualifications that the Lord gives us, in order for us to be the beneficiaries of the good end of the verse.
The two qualifying words are, “righteous” and “upright.” These two words tell us who will benefit when it comes time to stand before the Lord, and be held accountable for our lives.
On the other hand, there are two disqualifying words in the verse above, that we can also see as the antithesis of the first two. Those who qualify under these two words are unfortunately on the terrible end of the verse above.
Those two words are, “wicked” and “transgressor.” When standing before our Lord, it would be better for anyone, if these traits are not listed among those that the Lord may be searching for.
But we’ve all sinned and come short of the glory of God, right? Anyone honest can say quickly, absolutely. There is not a soul on the face of this earth that hasn’t sinned.
For (what I believe to be) over 6,000 years; from Adam to today, there has only been one that has walked the earth, that had not sinned. That one person would be Christ Jesus himself.
So what does that mean? Well, if you take into account all of the sin that man has committed since Adam, and project all of the sin that is yet to be fulfilled, that’s quite a large ransom to be paid. The wages of sin is death, and those wages must be paid in full. That is a true and faithful statement, moreover, a law of sorts that has been true since before sin entered the earth.
When you think about it, the Lord gave Adam fair warning before he sinned. Eat it and die (paraphrasing). So before sin even entered into the earth, this was a pre-existing statute.
As aforementioned, the wages of sin is death. This is something that I think many people don’t understand about the crucifixion of our Lord. When the only person who had no sin at all ever came, Christ Jesus, and was obedient even unto death, even the death on the cross, he bore the punishment for every sin ever committed, and even those yet to have been committed.
Once on the cross he became sin. Jesus took on wickedness, took on transgression, took on every trait that goes along with sin, as these traits are sinful all by themselves. The Father could no longer look upon him, and for the first time in Jesus’s life, he was alone without the Father.
Darkness came upon an early hour, as all of man’s sin concentrated within Jesus. He became unrecognizable to those who knew him, his bones came out of joint, he was as a worm in the sight of those who beheld him, despised and cursed.
We tend to only think on the physical beatings and torments that come with scourging and crucifixion. after just a little while, Jesus points us to Psalms chapter 22, by saying, “Father, why has thou forsaken me?”
When we go and take a look at Psalm 22, it becomes a little easier to understand the inner workings of what went on within Jesus while he was on the cross. But even though it may help us to understand, there is nothing that we can even begin to relate with, or compare to, exactly just how bad it became for him during those hours.
And I said all of that to say this…
There is none who are righteous by their own merit. There are none who are upright by the Lord’s standards, all by themselves. Only through Christ Jesus, will the Lord look upon us favorably when we are standing before him.
Only by believing and receiving Christ Jesus, can the Lord no longer see us as wicked or sinful transgressors. He sent his only begotten Son into the world, to become the ransom of our own souls to accomplish this, and is the only way by which we are saved at all. Only through Christ Jesus.
If you are not saved in this manner, or if you even question whether or not you’re sure about your eternal whereabouts when you die, please head over to the Salvation page, and make your destination a sure thing for all of eternity.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 20: King James Bible
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Matthew 27: King James Bible
45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
2 Corinthians 5: King James Bible
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
1 Timothy 2: King James Bible
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Thank you for all of your graces, and all of your mercies that you’ve shed upon all of us. Thank you for all of your blessings given, to we who so narrowly deserve it if at all. Above all, thank you for giving all and doing all, that we may become righteousness in Christ Jesus. Without you, we are truly nothing but dust awaiting death. May as many as is numbered to come into your fold be brought in and lay hold of you, and the salvation that you have to offer, and given so much to have made available. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you accepted tho only one who has paid a ransom for your soul with his own life?
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- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 15 P.190 – Prayer of the Upright
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 12 P.131 – Words of the Wicked
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 10 P.105 – Righteous and the Wicked
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 13 P.148 – Light of Darkness