March 18th, 2010, 04:20 PM
Christian Fundamentals – Redemption
What is the redemption of the soul?
In the Bible, redemption can mean to buy back or to loose and set free. All who know what it is to have their sins forgiven, having put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus, are told in the NT that they have been redeemed "with the precious blood of Christ." (1 Peter 1:19). This means that we have been bought and set free through His blood. In order to buy back or to set persons free, a price has to be paid. The price was paid in full by the Lord Jesus at Calvary's cross when He shed His precious blood for us. "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins." (Ephesians 1:7)
What does redemption mean to us?
Once we realise we have been redeemed by the blood of the Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God, we can be assured that we have been completely delivered from our sins and brought back to God. This is seen in the book of Exodus when God told Moses that He would redeem the people of Israel from Egypt "with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments." (Exodus 6:6). They were bought by God and set free from Egypt (which is a type or picture of the world system) so that they might become a special people for God's pleasure.
Why have we been redeemed?
We, like the people of Israel, have been redeemed so that we as believers might also become a people for God's pleasure, this time by being brought into Christ's Assembly or Church [His Bride]. This is set out in Revelation 5:6-10, where the new song that is sung in heaven is to the Lamb of God, our Lord Jesus, who "hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and has made us unto our God kings and priests." So we have been established as royal priests with a real appreciation of our great Redeemer in our hearts, able to serve God by praising and worshipping Him for eternity. like Job, we can say "For I know that my Redeemer liveth." (Job 19:25)
What is the redemption of the body?
We are told in Romans 8:23 that our bodies will be redeemed. This means that when the Lord Jesus comes to take believers to be with Himself, our bodies will be changed to become like His own glorious body (1 Corinthians 15:52). This is the completion of our redemption, and is yet to come, perhaps very soon. Our souls have already been redeemed by the blood of the Lord Jesus but we are still here waiting to have our poor, weak mortal bodies changed "that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body." (Philippians 3:21). We will then be perfectly suited to enter with Him into heaven where we shall sing the new song of Revelation 5.
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