Leslie M. John
”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)
Redemption, in the context of New Testament doctrine, is getting something back for the price paid; in other words, setting forth a sinner free from the bondage of sin with the price paid by Jesus Christ on the cross. It is to deliver sinner by paying a price.
According to 1 John 2:2 Jesus Christ is the propitiation for our sin; and not only for ours, but also for the sins of the whole world. The propitiation is appeasement, or reconciliation. Jesus became propitiation for us. We need Redemption and Justification before being accepted as the child of God.
It is not by silver or gold that we are redeemed but with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. He has purchased us by paying his blood as a price. Except by the blood of Jesus there is no salvation. No amount of good works of a person can save him from his sin. Good works can not earn salvation.
During the Old Testament period sacrifices were offered, but those sacrifices could not redeem a sinner from his sin. The sin of a person could be removed totally by the cleansing of it by the blood of Jesus Christ alone. He was sinless and he bore our sins upon himself and died for our sake on the cross. Jesus did that which the law could not do. The law was weak through the flesh. (Romans 8:3)
God sent his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, and condemned sin in the flesh. Jesus knew no sin but he was made to be sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
There are three things that take place in the process of redemption. It is buying sinner who is under bondage of sin. It is setting free the sinner from the bondage of sin, and it is freeing sinner from that bondage. It is like buying a product from the market-place, secondly taking out from its place and thirdly freeing that product totally from that place for the use by its buyer.
Every man is under the bondage of sin from the time he is born in the womb of his mother. Scripture says, there is no one righteous, and anyone who does not accept this fact makes God a liar.
”If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us”. (1 John 1:10)
Therefore, the man, who is under the bondage of sin, needs deliverance. This is what Christ did on the cross by dying in the stead of sinner taking upon himself the sins of the sinner fulfilling the law. A sinner who is redeemed is promised of everlasting life.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23)
Our bodies are made of dust and they return to dust but we rise in glory with glorified bodies. When the Lord comes the dead shall rise first and then those that are alive shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to the meet the Lord in the air and be with him for ever and ever. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
The law pointed out sin, but the grace delivered us from the bondage of sin. Accepting Jesus as the Lord and Savior will set a sinner free from the bondage of sin.
”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; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19)