Chapter Two – He Redeemed Us

CHAPTER TWO

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.

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3 thoughts on “Chapter Two – He Redeemed Us

  1. Think about this logically. If Jesus redeemed us from sin, then why do so many Christians go right on sinning?? What Jesus did was show us how to overcome sin in ourselves. Then he told us to follow or imitate him. That is the message so many miss. After his Resurrection he DID NOT say go into all the world and tell people they can do what they want, my death will save them from hell. Instead, he told the disciples to teach repentance and forgiveness of sins. We must first repent — that is, confess we have erred and change our lives. Then we are forgiven. It is the same lie we told ourselves in the Garden of Eden (and then we blamed a snake). We want to do everything our way instead of seeking and submitting to God’s way. We have to repent; no one can do that for us. Jesus shows and tells us how. ND of nomagicwandchristianity@wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Of course, I am not presenting a theological treatise about every aspect of redemption. I agree with what you have said, but the theme of my meditations is about God’s mercy – what He has done for us. The way people respond depends on a number of factors, one of which is the way they are taught by those responsible for interpreting the gospel. If Bible teachers and preachers were to follow the Word of God instead of presenting their own ideas, there would be far less misunderstanding and far fewer people falling away from the truth. Unfortunately the gospel has become humanistic – what God can do for me, rather than theistic – what God has done for Himself. Imagine if the gospel were presented as Peter did on the Day of Pentecost – “God has made this Jesus whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” The response of the crowd was “Men and brothers, what must we do?” This doesn’t sound like a bunch of people who are riding on God’s grace to do as they like!

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  2. Hello: The rest of that reference about Peter is that Peter said you must repent every one of you. That was my point. We have to do something. No one does it for us. Anyway, you have a nice post. I’m not complaining. But many Christians have been misled these days and think they can be sinful and justified at the same time. Best wishes for your spiritual journey. ND

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