So was I speaking and weeping in the most bitter contrition of my heart, when, lo! I heard from a neighbouring house a voice, as of boy or girl, I know not, chanting, and oft repeating, “Take up and read; Take up and read." -Augustine of Hippo
We owed a debt for sin that we could not pay. God could pay the debt but he did not owe it. Christ came to pay the debt we owed by taking our place on the cross. Rescued by His blood. Redeemed by His blood. Reconciled to God by His blood.
but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. - Romans 5:20-21