Wednesday's Words

The word for this week is redemption.

The biblical definition is--to purchase back something that had been lost, by the payment of a ransom. The Greek word so rendered is apolutrosis , a word occurring nine times in Scripture, and always with the idea of a ransom or price paid.

What makes redemption so uniquely special is that the debt against us is not viewed as simply cancelled, but is fully paid. Christ's blood or life, which he surrendered for them, is the "ransom" by which the deliverance of his people from the servitude of sin and from its penal consequences is secured. It is the plain doctrine of Scripture that "Christ saves us neither by the mere exercise of power, nor by his doctrine, nor by his example, nor by the moral influence which he exerted, nor by any subjective influence on his people, whether natural or mystical, but as a satisfaction to divine justice, as an expiation for sin, and as a ransom from the curse and authority of the law, thus reconciling us to God by making it consistent with his perfection to exercise mercy toward sinners" (Hodge's Systematic Theology).

In the New Testament, redemption is used to refer both to deliverance from sin and freedom from captivity. Therefore, by His redemption of our lost soul we are released from the penalty of sin that condemned us and we are reconciled to God. That which was lost has now been recovered by transaction of payment.

Redemption may be illustrated in the following story of a boy and his boat.

Tom carried his new boat to the edge of the river. He carefully placed it in the water and slowly let out the string. How smoothly the boat sailed! Tom sat in the warm sunshine, admiring the little boat that he had built. Suddenly a strong current caught the boat. Tom tried to pull it back to shore, but the string broke. The little boat raced downstream.

Tom ran along the sandy shore as fast as he could. But his little boat soon slipped out of sight. All afternoon he searched for the boat. Finally, when it was too dark to look any longer, Tom sadly went home.

A few days later, on the way home from school, Tom spotted a boat just like his in a store window. When he got closer, he could see -- sure enough -- it was his!

Tom hurried to the store manager: "Sir, that's my boat in your window! I made it!"

"Sorry, son, but someone else brought it in this morning. If you want it, you'll have to buy it for one dollar."

Tom ran home and counted all his money. Exactly one dollar! When he reached the store, he rushed to the counter. "Here's the money for my boat." As he left the store, Tom hugged his boat and said, "Now you're twice mine. First, I made you and now I bought you."

God made us and God so loved us because we were and are special to Him! What Satan stole by deception that day in the garden, God purchased with all He had to offer on Golgotha; His only begotten Son.

"God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ die for us." Romans 5:8

God's word reminds us how our redemption was secured through Christ.

"For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

2 Corinthians 5:21

"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace." Ephesians 1:7

Indeed, Jesus paid it all; all to Him I owe. Sin left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.

In better understanding redemption, is there someone in your circle of influence that needs to be redeemed by the blood of Jesus today? Is there evidence to believe they're being held captive by the cruel taskmaster of sin and need to be released from their sin debt? The need to be redeemed by God is urgent in order that they be released to live in victory over sin rather than continuing to be destroyed by it. Will you offer them what God offered you by grace? Will you make His offering of Himself on your behalf known this week while your hands are warm and the opportunity to accept it remains?

"Now is the acceptable time, behold today is the day of salvation!" 2 Corinthians 6:2

There is no 'get out of jail free card' for those who reject His offer of release through redemption. There is no 'time off for good behavior' from the cruel taskmaster of sin.

Those are just a couple of reasons to share the good news that Jesus saves, secures, sanctifies and satisfies the deepest longing of the soul held captive and condemned already.

May His truth set us free to serve and to share the good news of redemption with those God so loves! May His truth set us free to do that today!

"Let the redeemed of the Lord, say so, whom He has redeemed from the hands of the Adversary!"

Psalm 107:2

Are you willing to 'say so' today?

God's best to all, both now and forever amen!

Pastor Keith

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