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Up-Dated - Friday, April 04, 2014

Table of Contents
* What is Redemption?
* The Redeemed are Bought from ...
* Consequences of the Law
* We can't Redeem Each Other
* What are the Mechanics of Redemption?
* Redemption brings Forgiveness of Sins
* Redemption Provides Adoption and Heirship
* Assurance in Redemption
* Redemption is of God not Man

What is redemption?

1 Cor 6:20  "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

The soul (ye) is bought with the price of the precious blood of Christ.  Praise God with all you are (body, soul and spirit).

All three parts of man belong to God.  People who are not saved take something to themselves that really belongs to God.

No place in the Scriptures does it speak of God ever selling off any of those He bought.  We are assured that we are going to stay bought; redeemed; belonging to God.


The redeemed are bought from ...


Psa 49:15  "But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah."

God will buy my soul from the powerful grave (death). The Psalm writer spoke of future redemption .

Even though redemption had not occurred in his time the Psalm-writer was very much assured that it would come about sooner or later.  Redemption occurred 2000 years ago for us, we ought to be all the more assured.


Rom 6:18  "Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness."

Everyone serves one or the other: sin or righteousness.  See all of Romans 6.  Freedom from sin is assurance of never going to Hell.

Titus 2:14  "Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."

Jesus gave Himself (redeemer) for us (redeemed) to buy us from all sin and cleanse us for Himself to be peculiarly anxious to do what is right.

The redeemed feel a sense to do good.
Everyone that is ever truly saved, feels at once a need to do right, to go good things. 

The constant turning down of that urging will cause the urge to go away.  This contributes to the "feeling" that a saint is not saved

But redemption will never go away.
The constant giving in to the urge to do good, helps to be even more assured.


Consequences of the law

Gal 3:13  "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:"

Jesus bought us out of the eternal consequences of the law, death in Hell, by taking on those consequences Himself, suffering our Hell for us.

Christ has paid, with His blood, the eternity in Hell for all sinners for all time.

Since the Lord has paid for our eternity in Hell, by paying for all our sins, then in order for us to lose our redemption, we must sin a sin that has not been paid. 

That would mean that Jesus must not have done a complete job.

Jesus has done a finished work and we are assured that every sin is under the blood.


We can't redeem each other

Psa 49:7  "None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:"

No man can pay for anothers part in Hell, nor extort God into freeing him.

Redemption is not of man, but of God and is divine. 
* Divine in being able to include all sin.
* Divine in being able to include all sinners.
* Divine in being able, where man is not able.

Redemption gives us assurance because it is not of us, but of God and He does it because of our helplessness to save ourselves, not our being good.

There is great assurance, if our helplessness is the qualifier, not our abilities.


What are the mechanics of redemption?
It is in Christ.

Rom 3:24  "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:"

Redemption makes me just-if-I'd (justified) never sinned.  This redemption is in Jesus Christ.

Not only are we as if we never sinned in the past, but also as if we had never sinned in the future, because we are bought (redeemed) from all sin in the past and all sin in the future.

Being considered to have never sinned in the past and to never sin in the future tells us most assuredly that we can never sin a sin for which there is no redemption (payment) already paid.


Redemption brings forgiveness of sins

Eph 1:7  "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;"

The blood of Christ redeems (buys) sinners by forgiving sin according to the extent that God is able.

God's ability to forgive is most able, endless.

In order for all our sins not to be forgiven, then Jesus would not have been able to forgive or forgive all or forgive some part.  Since Jesus divinely forgave with godly capacity, we can most assuredly take confidence that all our sins are forgiven.


Redemption provides adoption and heirship

Gal 4:4  "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,"

Gal 4:5  "To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."

At the appropriate time the Father sent the Son to live by the Law to be able to buy (redeem) sinners from under the Law to offer adoption to those that would place their trust in Him.

"Might" in verse 5 does not indicate that a person may or may not receive adoption one day, depending on his conduct.

"Might" indicates that adoption is offered to any that "might" receive it.

Confidently receive adoption after humbly receiving Christ.


Assurance in redemption


Eph 4:30  "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."

Every former sinner is sealed by the Holy Ghost unto the day that you begin to live in the redemption that was made 2000 years ago, even if you grieve Him.

If grieving the Holy Ghost with sin will not cause us to lose our redemption, then what can?

Notice the "sealing unto the day of redemption".  We are redeemed presently, but the "day of redemption" is the day our redemption is complete, when we receive our glorified bodies.  Verse covered elsewhere in this study.

Look at the next verse in this study to see that we are already bought (redeemed).


Redemption is of God not man.

Luke 1:68  "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,"

The Lord God came down and redeemed man to Himself.

Redemption is an act of God, not man.

We can confidently live out our time on earth, knowing that an unfailing God has bought us and not a failing man.

Acts 20:28  "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood."

Pastors should be careful with the charge the Holy Ghost has given to nourish the Church that was bought by God's own blood.

Our redemption is sure in that it was bought, not with the blood of man or sacrifices, but with the blood of God.

Rom 3:24  "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:"

Jesus Christ has redeemed (bought) us by His grace (power) justifying the formerly condemned.

Redemption changes our condition from condemned to guiltless.

Why should a person be concerned about their eternal condition once they have been redeemed?

Heb 9:12  "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us."

Jesus eternally redeemed (bought) us by taking His Own blood and sprinkling it on the Mercy Seat.

An eternal redemption does not have to be repeated because it is sufficient for eternity.
* Each person must be redeemed only once
* Each person can be redeemed only once

Revel in your redemption, a once and for all purchase.

1 Pet 1:18  "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;"

1 Pet 1:19  "But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:"

The redeemed are redeemed by the sinless Redeemer, not by sinful things.

The perfect blood does a perfect job, complete job,  and eternal job.

Feel confident in your redemption if it was done by the blood of Christ and not the vain traditions of man.

Rev 5:9  "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;"

All sang in Heaven, "Jesus is worthy to release judgment, because He was executed to redeem all of mankind.

Jesus redeemed (bought) sinners out of every nation, not just Israel.

The descendants of Abraham were promised first a sure eternal life, but God is now saving sinners out of every nation.


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