Strength
March 5, 2011
Patience
March 8, 2011
Strength
March 5, 2011
Patience
March 8, 2011

Redemption

Redemption

Greek = ἀπολύτρωσις

Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary = From a compound of apo (ἀπο) meaning from or out of and lutron a ransom from the root luo meaning to loosen something as with a redemptive price.

 Merriam-Webster = n – the act or process of redeeming. Verb (redeem) – to buy back, to free from what distresses or harms, to free from captivity by payment of a ransom.

 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 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: Colossians 1:12-14 (KJV). We can see from this verse that redemption is part of our inheritance.

Redemption is a word common to the language of the Christian. We know it involves our salvation. Our redemption comes through the shed blood of Jesus and involves forgiveness of sins. It has to do with a specific part of our salvation however.

I think the closest synonym is deliverance. Redemption specifically says that God has delivered us from the kingdom of darkness and translated us to the kingdom of light through the ransom Jesus paid on the cross. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all… 1 Timothy 2:5-6 (KJV) Redemption denotes a deliverance has taken place through payment. This is an important part of our salvation. God has set the captive free.

Our redemption, though free to us, was not free. For ye are bought with a price. 1 Corinthians 6:20 (KJV) It was a price we couldn’t pay. God took the initiative to pay the penalty of the debt of sin. The law of sin and death held us for ransom. (Colossians 1:13) Jesus paid the ultimate price to buy us back from death and to give us life and delivered us from the wrath to come. (1Thessalonians 1:10)

The Old Testament sets the scene for redemption. God delivered Israel from bondage in Egypt. The first five books of the bible are about their redemption. The book of Ruth talks about the Kinsman Redeemer. There is a thread of redemption through all the books in the Old Testament. It’s in the New Testament we get the clear picture of Jesus as our redeemer.

Some theologians have debated about this payment. Who was paid? Whom did it cost? I don’t think there is a need to continue that debate. For the sins of Israel, a blood sacrifice was needed, a life for a life, to suffice God’s just demands for the debt of sin. The blood of bulls and goats cost the giver the price of the animal. The shed blood satisfied the requirement. Nobody received the payment. The ransom price paid the cost of the sacrifice needed to satisfy the just requirements of the law. The same with Jesus. He paid the cost by giving Himself as the sacrifice. 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 (KJV). There was no money paid to anyone, not Satan, or another entity. It was the cost of the sacrifice.

Our redemption was finished on the cross. It was the price of deliverance from the bondage of sin. With His blood, Jesus made the final payment. There need not be any more sacrifice. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV) Jesus is our redemption. He is our redeemer even though the King James Version does not use the word redeemer in the New Testament.

The total completion of our redemption is yet to come. 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) Then even our bodies will receive the benefits of redemption. That will finish the story of redemption our total deliverance, spirit, soul, and body.

Our redemption is a gift of God’s grace. We can’t earn it or merit it. We only need receive it by grace through faith. We have been redeemed by the blood of the lamb-Jesus.