1. the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil.
“God’s plan for the redemption of his world”
synonyms: saving · saving/freeing from sin · vindication · absolution
2. the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt.
synonyms: retrieval · recovery · reclamation · repossession · return · rescue · exchange · swapping · bartering · conversion · return · trade-in · paying off · paying back · squaring · honoring · quittance · fulfillment · carrying out · observance · restoration · satisfying
This definition was the first thing I saw in a Google search. It’s interesting to see that the first example of the definition is “God’s plan for the redemption of his world.” This is indeed true, as evidenced in the Bible:
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30
The second definition: clearing a debt to regain a possession. Why does that sound familiar? Because Jesus paid the price to release us from sin. Some synonyms include “recovery,” “fulfillment,” “reclamation,” and “restoration.” We were dead in our sin, not realizing we were called for a greater purpose by One who loves us.
When I was nine I went through a phase that tested my parent’s patience. I call it the “That’s not fair!” phase. Everything that did or did not happen was “not fair.” When I think about that now I have to laugh. You see, God’s grace isn’t fair. We don’t get what we deserve. We deserve to be eternally separated from God. The laws in the OT set the standard for a blood sacrifice to atone for sins. While these laws were complex one easily comes to mind: the Passover lamb. This lamb was to be spotless and without blemish, presented to the Lord for the forgiveness of sins.
When Jesus died for us He presented Himself as the perfect Lamb without a blemish. Taking on the sin of the world He conquered death and rose again and took the rightful place in heaven. Through God’s mercy and grace we get what it truly “not fair”: eternal life with a loving Creator. Wow. The catch? (Is this some sort of Dr. Oz type thing?). Honestly? Believe in Jesus and repent. No magic potion. No giving away your credit card number. No doing a certain number of good deeds (not to say that we believers aren’t called to do good works, but that good deeds will not redeem us).
Repent. To acknowledge your sins and strive to turn away. To do a complete U-turn in your life and die to the world. To become a new creation, transformed and renewed.
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23
I know for a fact that a few of my readers may not understand this. Please talk to me. Or, wait for my blog posts. I’m writing them for you. This post concludes my theme Redemption. Feel free to reach out and connect.
Yours in Christ,
The Wednesday Witness
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