SALVATION: God Gave the Greatest gift of All
Have you opened your gift? REDEMPTION
Part 2 continued from August 8th
There is one great word that captures the essence of our salvation this morning, and that word is redemption.
Redemption involves the blood of Jesus shed as He died on the Cross to pay the purchase price of our salvation. So redemption sums up Christ's death, His blood shed, His life given as a substitutionary sacrifice. So if any portion of salvation can be ranked as any more vital than any other—redemption would be at the top of the list.
Remember the illustration of the “Big Three Doctrines” from youth ministry many years ago? The big three we need to always understand are: redemption, justification, and sanctification.
We started life on earth as dead in our trespasses and sin (pictured by my pen laying on the palm of my hand); redemption is when Jesus reached down and bought us out of the slave market of sin (that is my hand grasping the pen); justification is Jesus lifting me to be seated with Him already in Heaven, we are completely freed from the penalty and record of our sin; sanctification is God forever binding our souls into His grasp and pulling us closer and closer to Him until at the end of our earthly life, He safely lands us into His Presence for ever.
So we may say that salvation starts with Christ's work on the cross and Christ's work on the cross as He shed His blood in death for our sins is redemption.
Peter at the end of his life summed up our redemption with these precious words in I Peter 1:18-19:
“…knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
So Christ's sacrifice as a lamb is the picture of redemption. Immediately that should remind us of many verses that are vital and central to salvation.
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Because of our sin—we are all slaves in bondage to sin and death; so we need Christ's payment of His death to buy us and take us out of the slave market of sin.
The gift of salvation is about Jesus who died to take slaves and make them freed forever—that’s redemption! A Sinner stands before God as a slave and is granted freedom by Christ's payment.
In Redemption we go from being a slave chained to our sins to complete freedom by God and a new focus.
Christ's death to pay the price of our sin is so wonderful that we, the redeemed of all the ages will be joined by the angels so that together we may sing a new song, as Revelation records:
And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:9–12)
OPEN THE GIFT OF REDEMPTION
We need to experience what the Scriptures often declare—God has liberated us from our slavery to sin, broken sins chains that long had enslaved us and freed us to focus our lives on what really matters to Him.
- Romans 3:24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”. Because I’m redeemed—Jesus destroyed the records of my sins and took my punishment. Say that aloud with me
- Romans 8:23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. Because I’m redeemed—I have a new body coming! Say that aloud with me
- 1 Corinthians 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. This verse summarizes the three tenses of our salvation. In the past we have been saved from the penalty of sin (righteousness); and in the present we are being saved from the power of sin (sanctification); and in the future we shall be saved from the presence of sin (redemption). Because I’m redeemed—Jesus is all I need! Say that aloud with me
- 1 Corinthians 6:20 “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s”. Christ bought me from the slave market with a high price—I belong to God. Say that aloud with me
- 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Because I’m redeemed—I will live for my Redeemer. Say that aloud with me
- Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Because I’m redeemed—I no longer live for myself! Say that aloud with me
- Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. Since we have not been saved by our good works, we cannot be lost by our bad works. Because I’m redeemed—my sins are forgiven forever. Say that aloud with me
- Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them”. Because Christ bought me in redemption—I am God's workmanship. Say that aloud with me
- Philippians 1:6 “…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”. Because I’m redeemed—God will finish what He started in me. Say that aloud with me
- Colossians 2:13-14 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Because I’m redeemed—my sin debt is forever paid in full. Say that aloud with me
- Titus 2:14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Because I’m redeemed—I am set free from every bondage to be zealous for God! Say that aloud with me
- Revelation 5:9-12 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.” 11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,12 saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” Because I’m redeemed—I will worship the Lord forever! Say that aloud with me
Communion is celebrating our Redeemer, thanking Him for our redemption, and declaring the truths of our redeemed lives.
Be sure you have opened the gift of salvation, given by Jesus.
- Because I’m redeemed—Jesus destroyed the records of my sins and took my punishment.
- Because I’m redeemed—I have a new body coming.
- Because I’m redeemed—Jesus is all I need!
- Christ bought me from the slave market with a high price—I belong to God.
- Because I’m redeemed—I will live for my Redeemer.
- Because I’m redeemed—I no longer live for myself!
- Because I’m redeemed—my sins are forgiven forever.
- Because Christ bought me in redemption—I am God's workmanship
- Because I’m redeemed—God will finish what He started in me.
- Because I’m redeemed—my sin debt is forever paid in full.
- Because I’m redeemed—I am set free from every bondage to be zealous for God!
- Because I’m redeemed—I will worship the Lord forever!
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