Redemption, according to Google is the action of saving or being saved from sin, error or evil or the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment or clearing a debt.
We were in need of salvation and had such a huge debt to pay but Jesus paid it all with His blood. Essentially, we were redeemed by God through the blood of Jesus.
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘cursed is anyone who is hung on a pole’”Galatians 3:13 NIV
The law has many protocols and is based on a break one, break all basis. That means no one is able to fulfil the law hence, the curses that accompany breaking it, follow (Romans 3:20). Disobedience and sin drifted us away from God, but by the reason of Jesus’ sacrifice, we have been reconciled with God (2 Corinthians 5:18). We have not been left to die a wretched death because of our numerous sins. God sent Jesus to hang on that cross for our sake that we may have life eternal…and this is where the redemption comes in. Because Jesus did not just do this and leave, He did not just restore our relationship with God, He also repossessed our lost dominion for our sake and delivered us from the curse of the law (Romans 6:14, 23; Romans 5:8-10; Colossians 1:13). Redemption!
Come into terms of your redemption.
Christ has paid the price, He bought you by His blood, not into slavery or shame but into freedom and glory. Maybe you messed up big time and you’re wondering does God still love me or am I still worthy of His love? Well, apart from the fact that Romans 8:39 tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, it is worthy of note that the price Jesus paid for us to become reunited with God is far greater than your past mistakes. 1 John 1:7 lets us know that the blood of Jesus cleanses away all our sins. Jesus died that we might live forever and rose in glory that we may have power.
A solid proof of our redemption is the deposition of the Holy Spirit in us. He is the guarantee of God that we would inherit His Kingdom (Ephesians 1:13 &14). The kingdom of God cannot be inherited by slaves –be it slaves to sin or the flesh –the kingdom of God can only be inherited by those confined within the freedom of salvation. That is what we get as the redeemed of the Lord. We have now been granted the access to God’s kingdom.
But, what exactly should a redeemed Christian behave like?
The only way we can show God our gratitude for this awesome gift is by living for His pleasure. It is not by how long we sit in church or by decking up in our best clothes every first Sunday to dance and sing –these things are also very good but it is more about our lifestyle. If you are given a second chance at your place of work to prove yourself, the only way you can show that you are grateful for such a grace is by actually proving yourself and not by slacking right? That’s the same with the redemption of our souls. The only way to tell God we appreciate that we have been redeemed is to live as someone who has been redeemed, not being enslaved to sin or the desires of the flesh.
Dear believer, live the totality of your life for God’s glory because you have not been bought on lease or borrowed by God, you have been bought completely by an expensive price; the blood of Jesus Christ!(1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Titus 2:14)
“In Him (Jesus Christ) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.”Ephesians 1:7