Celebrate Redemption (Part 2)
by Taffi Dollar | 16 August 2017
Many times in Christian circles we hear the word “redeemed,” yet we do not know exactly what it means or what we are redeemed from. To be redeemed means to be bought back, repurchased, or to be rescued from captivity by payment of ransom. We were once held captive by the enemy. However, Jesus’ sacrifice set us free.
- As Christians, we were all in bondage until we realized our need for a Savior. We have all come to the end of ourselves.
- We cannot truly know what it means to be redeemed if we do not know what it means to be held captive.
- From what, exactly, are we redeemed?
- We ultimately are redeemed from the curse of the law.
- We are also redeemed from spiritual death and the curses that came upon mankind when Adam and Eve sinned.
- Those curses manifest through our past sins, mishaps, and mistakes. We are redeemed from being in bondage to the effects of those curses.
- We are delivered from being ruled and dominated by those issues, habits, diseases, and problems that destroy our lives.
- In the garden of Eden, it was Satan’s plan to keep us in captivity to continual suffering; he wanted to rob us of all God had in store for us.
- Satan wanted to rule over us only to keep us in bondage.
- Jesus didn’t just teach about the servant leader. He demonstrated it. He served His disciples and His followers. He was the type of leader He preached about .
- But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many (Matthew 20:25-28).
- Many people focus on themselves. They want to elevate themselves above others strictly due to their own ability.
- However, Jesus teaches us about the heart of a servant.
- It is not difficult to get our focus off of God and start fighting with one another to gain status.
- For example, Adam and Eve stopped focusing on God. They focused on themselves, then everything went to shambles. They started blaming each other and pointing fingers. They started to fight with one another only in a failed attempt to elevate themselves as individuals.
- With Jesus we find ultimate redemption and forgiveness. With Him, we are not blamed or condemned.
- In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:14).
- Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree (Galatians 3:13).
- He bought us back from the curses and their effects.
- At times, we allow the residue of the curses to linger by not renewing our minds and learning about our true freedom in Him.
- To change our thinking, we should remain steadfast in the Word of God by meditating on it.
- We do not have to tolerate the effects of curses.
- The blessings overtook those who harkened to the voice of God.
- The blessings were described in detail. And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways. And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee. And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee. The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them (Deuteronomy 28:1-14).
- The curses were described in detail as well. Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee. And whosoever lieth carnally with a woman, that is a bondmaid, betrothed to an husband, and not at all redeemed, nor freedom given her; she shall be scourged; they shall not be put to death, because she was not free (Leviticus 19:19, 20).
- Under the law, which included 600 plus laws added to the original ten, people lived in bondage to intricate details about daily living.
- For example, people had to be careful about their animals and breeding them. There were laws concerning clothing material and food to eat.
- Women had no worth—for instance, there was a law that prohibited parents from prostituting their daughters.
- By reading the law, we can understand what was going on with the people at that time.
- What Jesus did already was enough to make us holy.
- But [that appointed time came] when Christ (the Messiah) appeared as a High Priest of the better things that have come and are to come. [Then] through the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with [human] hands, that is, not a part of this material creation, He went once for all into the [Holy of] Holies [of heaven], not by virtue of the blood of goats and calves [by which to make reconciliation between God and man], but His own blood, having found and secured a complete redemption (an everlasting release for us) (Hebrews 9:11, 12, AMPC).
- We do not have to do works in order to be holy. And although you at one time were estranged and alienated from Him and were of hostile attitude of mind in your wicked activities, Yet now has [Christ, the Messiah] reconciled [you to God] in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His [the Father’s] presence (Colossians 1:21, 22, AMPC).
- We belong to Him. In Him, we are made holy. We are enough because He is enough.
- We are all one in Him.
- It took His blood to heal and restore us—therefore none of us can take the credit.
- Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (1 Peter 2:24).
- We needed a Savior. All of us, men, women, races, and classes.
- In Him, we are all viewed as one—there is no distinction.
- We are all restored in Him and can do whatever He wants us to do. Jesus abolished the female subordination that was operating in His time.
- He abolished racism and opened the door for everyone to walk in.
- He destroyed the walls between the classes. He restored us all to His finished work, to be His instruments without distinction or discrimination.
- We are no longer under the law. The Law served its purpose, showing us our sin. Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:20-28).
- However, we couldn’t do anything about sin. We needed a Savior to help us to live the way God wanted us to live and operate. We could not do it on our own.
Leviticus 19:19, 20
Hebrews 9:11, 12, AMPC
Colossians 1:21, 22, AMPC
1 Peter 2:24