New Testament Realities continued…
I continued teaching on the realities of the New Testament for the fifth week, focusing on the truth about our redemption in Christ. Revelations 5:9 says, “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.”
Redemption means to purchase, repurchase, or to buy back. It means freedom from bondage; it involves the payment of a ransom. The ERV says that with His blood sacrifice Jesus BOUGHT PEOPLE FOR GOD. That’s redemption. Acts 20:28 says that we were purchased with the blood of Christ.
Redemption is quite broad, but I like Colossians 1:13-14: “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” God didn’t just snatch us out of darkness, the price of our deliverance was paid! Darkness has no power over us anymore! Hallelujah!
Our redemption wasn’t a temporal one; it was eternal. In the Old Testament, sacrifice was made annually for sins, but Jesus paid the price once for all! (Hebrews 9:11-15). Our deliverance and salvation was secured forever; we belong to God forever!
But we don’t take our redemption for granted. 1 Peter 1:18-19 says that we “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.”
A very expensive price was paid for our redemption, so we must always cherish it and be grateful for it. Amen.
Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim
Able Ministers Chapel