I HAVE BEEN REDEEMED
In business school, I learned what the word redeemed meant as it related to bonds and other obligations. It involved a transfer of something of value (like cash) in exchange for the bond (a promise to pay). The issuer was freed from the bond (obligation) when the cash was paid.
Likewise, we are in bondage (we owe and have to pay) because of sin in our lives and the Father in heaven sent Jesus to redeem us from sin and darkness. We are in bondage because,
"...all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
And since we have all sinned, we deserve to die as payment for those sins,
"For the wages of sin is death..." (Romans 6:23).
Jesus died and went to hell for our sins so we wouldn't have to. And when he was raised from the dead, he put off all of our sins and ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father, where he is making intercession for us today. This is the Gospel and all we have to do is believe what Jesus did for us when he shed his blood and redeemed us.
Redeemed from Sins
We access this redemption for the forgiveness of our sins through faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul writing in Romans 3:23-26 stated,
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;"
A propitiation is an atoning sacrifice. It is used to gain or regain favor or goodwill and is an appeasement. God was appeased by the blood of Jesus concerning our sins and he put off dealing with our sins. Therefore, Jesus paid the penalty for our sins and iniquities. Writing in Ephesians chapter 1 verse 7, Paul was teaching about Jesus,
"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the richness of his grace:"
Jesus willingly did this in obedience to the Father so that we could be His people. Paul, again speaking about Jesus, wrote in Titus 1:14,
"Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquities, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."
Redeemed from the Law
God put His people in bondage through the Law of Moses because of their rebellion. This was ordained from the foundation of the world as was His desire to free us from this bondage by sending us His son Jesus. Paul writing in Galatians 3:29, says
"And if ye be Christ's then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
And continuing on in chapter 4 verse 3,
"Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: but when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."
Going back to chapter 3, verses 13 and 14, Paul writes,
"Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."
God told Abraham that all nations would be blessed through him and Abraham existed (was alive) before the law. The law became a curse to us as it keeps us from the blessings of Abraham. Jesus redeemed us from this curse so that we can be blessed through him.
Under the law, the priests went into the tabernacle to offer the blood of animals as a covering for the sins of the people and themselves. This had to be done once a year. Jesus shed his blood as a one-time offering to cleanse us from our sins for ever.
"Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us." (Hebrews 9:12).
"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14)
God sent Jesus to purify us so we could serve him and receive His blessings.
Redeemed from the Power of Darkness
Not only did God do this for us through Jesus so we could serve him, freed from our sins; he loosed us away from the powers of Satan. In Colossians chapter 1, starting in verse 13, Paul is talking about the Father,
"Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son; in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:"
We live with the kingdom of God in us rather than the kingdom of Satan when we have faith in what the blood of Jesus did for us. Again, this is the gospel of the Lord Jesus, which is the power of God for our salvation.
How does one know whether he is believing in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and whether we believe that we have been redeemed by his blood?
Do you live in Isaiah chapter 51 verse 11?
"Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head; they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away."
Once we have been redeemed from our sins, the law of Moses and the powers of darkness, we will be filled with gladness and everlasting joy!
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