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In last weeks’ message in our Great Words of the Gospel series we
looked at the topic of salvation. We looked briefly at Old Testament
salvation and how God used the word Yeshua’ah to describe the salvation
and deliverance He gave the Israelites. We also looked at the animal
sacrifices that were required to temporary cover the peoples sin and
guilt until Christ came.
We then looked at New Testament salvation and how that is wrapped up
completely in the finished work of Christ. We saw the three aspects of
salvation that there is a need, a provision in Christ and a response
that we all need to make. We also looked at some verses of assurance and
a simple salvation prayer.
In this week’s message I want to look at another of the great words
of the gospel – redemption. This word hangs dependently on the finished
work of Christ on the cross. It is a key word that is wrapped up in our
faith and trust in Christ.
I want to start with a definition of redemption and then share four
things that redemption offers us.
Loving Heavenly Father,
Let Your people hear the good news of Your love, the good news of
Your forgiveness and the good news of Your acceptance in my words today.
Let me show them afresh Jesus and all He has done for them. Amen
What is Redemption?
Redemption is an important word in the Christian faith. Redemption is
about the buying back or release of an object or person. In the Bible
redemption refers to God’s ransoming of believers through the death of
Jesus Christ upon the cross and to all the benefits that this brings. So
Jesus paid the price on the cross to redeem us back to God.
1. We needed to be redeemed because we could save ourselves.
As we saw last week in my message about salvation we saw that in our
natural state without Christ we have all sinned and fallen short of the
glory of God (Romans
3:23) and that this sin separates us from God (Isaiah
Some people and some religions think they can redeem themselves by
good works. They think if their good deeds out way their bad deeds, then
God will accept them. The Bible tells us that salvation is not by good
works, so no-one can boast. It is a gift from God (Ephesians
This is where Christ comes in with His work on the cross. In Christ
we have been freed. Through His death on the cross as a payment for our
sin the price has been paid.
Colossians 1:13-14 “For he has rescued us from the dominion of
darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we
have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Ephesians 1:7 tells us that, “In him we have redemption through his
blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s
Mark 10:45 says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served,
but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
1 Timothy 2:5-6 tells us that, “There is one God and one mediator
between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom
for all men—the testimony given in its proper time”.
Jesus gave His life as a ransom for many. It is by Christ’s shed
blood that our sins are forgiven. We celebrate this each week in
communion. His death opened the way to God. He is the one mediator
between God and mankind. Our redemption
is 100% totally and completely paid for by the death of Christ. As
Jesus said in
John 19:30 before He died – it is finished. Three words that ring
out for all eternity.
2. We are freed from being slaves to sin
The Bible tells us that without Christ we were slaves to sin.
John 8:34 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a
slave to sin.” So in our natural state apart from Christ we are
slaves to sin and we need redeeming.
In the New Testament there are three main Greek words used to
describe redemption. In keeping with the thought of being a slave to sin
these words give us a picture of being bought and sold in a slave
The first word is Agorazo – this 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. They are kept and made to
work for the owner and once they are finished with them they can be
re-sold to someone else.
The second word is Exagorazo – this means to “purchase out of the
market”. This is like someone buying a slave and taking them as their
own property and never being sold again. They keep the slave to serve
them as their own property. It is a long term deal for the life of the
The final word is Lutroo – this means “to loosen” 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. We are forever
released from the market of sin. The power of sin and death has been
broken in our lives. We are set free and as
John 8:36 says, “If the son has set you free, you will be free
3. We are redeemed to live a new free life.
As we have seen we are redeemed by the work of Christ. There are four
main things we have in our redemption.
a. Justified before God
Romans 3:24 tells us that we “are justified freely by his grace
through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus”.
To justify or the term justification means “just as if I had never
sinned”. We now have right standing with God. When God looks at you and
I He looks at us through the lens of Christ – perfect, sinless and holy.
He doesn’t see our sin, He sees Jesus.
Isaiah 1:18 reminds us that, “Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they
shall be like wool.” For those in Christ, it is a present reality.
b. Set free from the law
Galatians 4:4-5 – But when the time had fully come, God sent his
Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we
might receive the full rights of sons”.
The apostle Paul often used the idea of being slaves to the law
because the people of the Old Testament lived under it and tried, and
failed, to live up to it. Now as Christ followers we are free from the
law and are adopted as God’s children. This verse says we have full
right as God’s children. The same rights as Jesus as we are co-heirs.
c. Free from a pointless existence
1 Peter 1:18-19 says, “For you know that it was not with perishable
things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way
of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious
blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect”.
Before I came to Christ I thought my life was full and exciting.
After coming to Christ, and the blinkers were taken off, I realised that
I was deceived and my life was way more empty than I could have
imagined. I filled it with pointless things like jobs, cars, sport,
fitness. Not that they are bad, but I filled my life with them and gave
them more weight or focus that they needed. Now my life is filled with
Christ. Filled to the point of overflowing and streams of living water
flow out that contain the love of Christ. It is a much better life than
I could ever imagined.
d. We have a great future hope
Revelation 21:3-4 says, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne
saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will
dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with
them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There
will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order
of things has passed away.”
As I touched on in Communion recently. The hope we have in Christ is
not just contained to the here and now. We also have a future hope. We
have a hope of spending eternity with the Lord. It will be a place where
there is no sickness or disease, a place where there will no wars or
fighting only perfect unity, it will be a place where everyone feels
good about themselves, it will be a place where we will not struggle
with sin; and best of all, it will be a place where we will see our Lord
face to face.
4. God redeemed us because of His love and mercy
What motivated the Creator of all things to redeem and save us?
“God’s motivation comes from the nature of God Himself. It is
expressed in four words – love, mercy, grace and kindness.
Can we imagine a love so great that it could give new life to those
who deserved God’s wrath? Or mercy so tender that it would reach down to
help the helpless? Or grace so full and free that it would pay the price
that sinners could not pay? Where else could we find kindness so rich
and full that it would embrace those who were, by nature, ‘the enemy’?”
(from KYB Ephesians study page 21).
God redeemed us because He loved us. He redeemed us because of His
mercy. He redeemed us because of His grace. He redeemed us because of
His kindness. It also gave Him good please to do it.
Before I close I want to share a story I read a little while ago that
helped me to understand redemption. It goes like this…
There was a story of the little boy who built a small sailboat. He
built the boat from a kit and had it all fixed up, he tarred and painted
it. Once it was ready he took it to the lake and pushed it in hoping it
would sail. Sure enough a wisp of breeze filled the little sail and it
billowed and went rippling along the waves.
Suddenly before the little boy knew it, the boat was out of his
reach, even though he waded in fast and tried to grab it. As he watched
it float away, he hoped maybe the breeze would shift and it would come
sailing back to him. Instead he watched it go farther and farther until
it was gone. He searched up and down the banks for hours, but he could
not find it.
Eventually when he lost all hope, he went home crying, his mother
asked, “What’s wrong, didn’t it work?” And he said, “It worked too
Sometime later, the little boy was downtown and walked past a second
hand store. There in the window he saw the boat. It was unmistakably
his, so he went in and said to the proprietor, “That’s my boat.” He
walked to the window, picked it up and started to leave with it. The
owner of the shop said, “Wait a minute, Sonny. That’s my boat. I bought
it from someone.” The boy said, “No, it’s my boat. I made it. See.” And
he showed him the little scratches and the marks where he hammered and
filed. The man said, “I’m sorry, Sonny. If you want it, you have to buy
The poor little guy didn’t have any money, but he worked hard and
saved his pennies. Finally, one day he had enough money. He went in and
bought the little boat. As he left the store holding the boat close to
him, he was heard saying, “You’re my boat. You’re twice my boat. First
you’re my boat ’cause I made you, and second you’re my boat ’cause I
If you ever think that you aren’t worth much, just remember what God
thinks of you. He thinks you’re His. Twice His. First you’re His because
He made you. And second you’re His because He bought you on the cross.
He paid a price to redeem you.
In today’s message we looked at the topic of Redemption. We saw that…
Let us pray.
Loving Heavenly Father, I thank You that You loved us so much that
Jesus came on died on the cross for our sin. I thank You that He paid
the price to redeem us and bring us back to You. I pray today that You
will sink this truth deep into our hearts and minds. That You love, that
You redeemed us and that You have brought us back into right
relationship with You – both now and for all eternity. I pray in Jesus’
By Dave Quinn
Founder of PASSION Australia
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