|1 Peter 1:17-19 |
17 And if you call on him as Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in reverent fear; [Notice! God judges all persons without partiality according to every man's work; all persons includes those in the churches to whom Peter was writing; for if you are not holy, (still sinning), when you die, you are defiled and will be banned from heaven. From the word of the Lord within: "Everyone is expecting Jesus to be their excuse. No man is promoted or excused that repeats sin. Only a heart that is purged of sin is acceptable to God."]
18 You know that from your vain way of life, handed down from your ancestors, you were ransomed, not with perishable things like silver and gold,
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.