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Posted by lnger
Before we can understand the Biblical concept of Redemption as it applies to Jesus Christ and His work on the cross, we must understand the basic meaning of the word Redemption. The word means to buy back by paying a price, and set free. 1) Man’s ruin, “For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.” Isaiah 52:3 KJV 2) Man’s helplessness, “None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:” Psalms 49:7 KJV 3) A redeemer provided, “Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.” Job 33:24 KJV 4) Redemption by blood, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” Ephesians 1:7 KJV 5) Redemption by power, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14 KJV 6)Redemption from iniquity, “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Titus 2:14 KJV 7)Redemption from the curse, “Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” Galatians 3:3 KJV and 8) Redemption of the body, “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” Romans 8:23 KJV Now lets look at the four characteristics of Redemption, Bondage, Redeemer, Ransom, and Freedom. The term Bondage, we’re primarily thinking about the bondage that’s a restriction placed upon an individual’s freedom in this life, usually by other men and women, but which also has the possibility that the bondage may be removed by a completed work of redemption. The redeemer is, in more common terms a ‘buyer’ or a ‘purchaser’ who must pay a price to secure the release of an object or person. But we shouldn’t think that, for instance, the purchasing of an item in a department store or corner shop is a demonstration of redemption for there’s no freedom that the item is being brought into that existed before it was offered for sale. The price paid by the redeemer secures freedom that was in existence before the bondage was imposed upon it, and this can’t be said of articles for sale. Ransom is a price paid by the redeemer to cancel the bondage that existed. It was usually a ‘monetary’ payment but it could be material objects or even, on rare occasions, a person’s life. In that way, so it was thought, the blood sacrifice “The Ransom” bought for them a release from the anger of the God and a freedom that had previously been experienced. Freedom is what had been a bondage was removed and the individual person or object was restored into its original freedom, its primary state. It didn’t bring a newness of situation but a restoration. This is quite important. Though we may see many people throughout the world being brought into situations that are a better expression of freedom, redemption primarily concerned itself with the restoration of what was once available, not of bringing about a newness of experience that had previously been unknown. However, when we go on to look at the redemption that has been secured through Christ on the cross, the fullness of the freedom available will be seen to be that which existed only for the first man and woman on the earth, before the first sin was committed. Summarizing then, the action of the redeemer by paying the ransom effected freedom from bondage, a release. The Bible says, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” 1 Peter 1:18-19 KJV The blessing which the Christian enjoys as a result of redemption is that of forgiveness of his sins. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. Sin is pictured as a debt of such magnitude that man has no hope of ever being able to repay. We are redeemed people through Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection. We too are told many times to be willing to share with those in need. The Bible says, “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrews 13:16 KJV The confidence we have as Christians is that God has something good planned for us. Suffering was not part of His original act of creation, but it serves as a temporary reminder of what happens in a world where God’s order has been broken. It also motivates us to spread the word about God’s plan to redeem the world from the suffering caused by sin. Remember, in the hands of our Creator and Redeemer, we are “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” God can use the twists and turns in our lives to make us more like His Son. So why not today open up your heart to Jesus Christ, because He is the One that died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins so you could have the free gift of eternal life. Amen
By: Jeff Ellinger
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Posted by lnger
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16 KJV