HE REDEEMED US
If Jesus rescued us from the control of our old selfish and greedy natures, and brought us back under His control, from what did He redeem us?
Redemption has to do with slavery. We were not only living under the control of darkness, we were also slaves to sin.
On one occasion Jesus was engaged in a debate with some Jews who were supposed to be His followers. They objected to being told that if they followed Jesus they would be free.
“They answered Him, ‘We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?’ Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.’” John 8:33, 34.
The Apostle Paul confirmed Jesus’ words by his own experience.
“We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.” Romans 7:14.
Adam and Eve sold themselves into slavery to sin when they chose to ignore God’s instruction and believe the devil’s lie. From that moment on, everyone born into the world is a slave to sin because we all come from Adam.
A slave can only be freed if someone pays the redemption price. God said that everyone who sins must die. Jesus redeemed us by dying in our place for sin so that we can be forgiven.
However, forgiveness of sin means much more than being freed from the consequences of our past. It also means being released from the grip of sin now. We have been redeemed from sin and redeemed to a new life of obedience to God.
When we were in the dominion of darkness we were slaves. We could not get free from the clutches of our old sinful nature. We needed someone who had no sin of His own to buy us out of slavery by paying the price for our sin. That’s what Jesus did for us. Since we are no longer slaves, we don’t need to live in sin any more. God did that for us BECAUSE OF HIS MERCY.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled upright and godly lives in this world, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness, and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do good.” Titus 1:11-14.