Redemption is an important word

March 20th, 2012

Redemption is an important word in the Christian faith. The Bible tells us that as Christians we are redeemed from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13).

Redemption is about being set free because a price has been paid to free us. For the Christian that is Christ’s death on the cross for us.

In the New Testament there are three main Greek words used to describe redemption.

  • Agorazo – means to “purchase in the market”. This is like a slave bought and sold in the slave market. They are always a slave and can be re-sold at any time.
  • Exagorazo – means to “purchase out of the market”. This is like someone buying a slave and it never being sold again. They keep the slave to serve them as their own property.
  • Lutroo – means “to loose” or to “set free by paying a price”. The slave is permanently purchased out of the market and set free from the market forever. This is what we have in Christ as believers and disciples.

This last word Lutroo gives us a clear picture of what we have in Christ. True freedom. We are no longer a slave to sin.

I really love being a Christian. I love the freedom I feel because I know Christ. I am not bound up by the world’s standard or rules or a slave to sin. I am free because Jesus paid a price for me and then He set me free.

As John 8:36 says, “So if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed”. That is great news!

God Bless,

Dave