1 Peter 1:18-19
18For 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 forefathers, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
The two epistles of Peter were addressed to Christians living in various parts of Asia Minor, consisting mostly of converted Gentiles (people of non-Jewish origin). Their past life was characterized by ”living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry” (1 Peter 4:3) .
To these people, Peter declares that they have been ”redeemed from the empty way of life handed down” to them from their forefathers.
This is a truth that people all over the world, regardless of culture or race, can relate to. As individuals, we may find ourselves trapped in certain patterns of lifestyle, some even in certain sin patterns, that seemed to have been handed down to us from our parents, sometimes even from earlier generations.
For example, say that the parents are heavy into use of drugs or alcohol. The children they raise may have this sin pattern passed down to them.
In other cases, it could a religious form of worship that is handed down through the generations. As believers, we need to know that the blood of Christ has redeemed us from such sin and lifestyle patterns we may find ourselves in.
It is an awesome thing to see people walk out free from the vain manner of life that has been handed down to them, through the redeeming power of the blood of Jesus. It is indeed an awesome thing to see a person who was raised in a family with years of idol worship be set free to worship the true and living God.
It is indeed an awesome thing to see a person raised in a family history of adultery or sexual immorality walk free from this.