REDEMPTION THROUGH THE SON
Redemption is the noun form of the verb redeem. Here are two dictionary meanings of “redeem” from the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:
(a) To purchase back; to ransom; to liberate or rescue from captivity or bondage, or from any obligation or liability to suffer or to be forfeited, by paying an equivalent; as, to redeem prisoners or captured goods; to redeem a pledge.
(b) To repurchase what has been sold; to regain possession of a thing alienated, by repaying the value of it to the possessor.
This is what Jesus has done for us sinners. Jesus has purchased us back with His blood. We have received forgiveness according to the riches of His grace. Jesus has obtained eternal redemption for us. It is of interest to note that the Old Testament understanding of forgiveness of sin was through the offering of sacrifices for sin. But these are declared in the New Testament to be no longer of necessity. They were only pictures of the real Redeemer, Jesus Christ. God has wisdom and prudence beyond our comprehension.
The particulars of God’s redemptive plan are made known to us in the gospel. God revealed it according to the good pleasure of His will. This Paul said came to pass in the dispensation of the fullness of time. That is when the right time came. This thus speaks of God’s progressive revelation. The redemptive work of Christ leads us to obtain an inheritance. He has predestinated us according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His own will. The Apostle repeated the similar refrain: “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ” (Eph 1:12). We have assurance of forgiveness because of Christ’s redemptive work.
THOUGHT: “Redeemed how I love to proclaim it.”
PRAYER: Lord, I thank Thee for paying the penalty for my sins.