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Redeemed

September 17, 2012

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things…But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot…” – I Peter 1:18-19

 

The definition of the word ‘redeem’ is to ‘be bought or paid off; to be cleared by payment.’ When you think about it like that, it really makes perfect sense, because that’s exactly what Christ did for us: He paid our debt at the Cross, and we have been made clear by that payment. All we have to do is accept that He did it, and give Him what is rightfully His in return: which is everything we are. “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (I Cor. 6:20) When I think back to that day of my redemption, the day when I broke down before God and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior, I can’t help but smile when I recall the wonderful freedom I found in Him. Freedom from sin, freedom from the world, and freedom from my past. It seemed as if the very weight of the world had been lifted from my shoulders; or as if the elephant that had been sitting on my chest had finally stood up and walked away, and I was finally able to breathe for the first time in many, many years. There are all kinds of slavery in this world, and all types of bondage that people fight to be liberated from every day, but the only freedom that will carry over into the next life is that which we find in the Son of God: for, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

And that is the thing we must realize: that as children of the King, we have been reborn into an entirely different life: that which came before has passed forever beyond reach or remembrance, so long as we accept that it is so. The power of His blood cleanses us and releases us from all that would have once had claim to us, making us completely and totally His: and whatever belongs to Christ cannot be unworthy, tainted, or used. By virtue of His grace we are made worthy, clean, and new! “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  (II Cor. 5:17) ‘New’, it says. Not ‘fixed’, not ‘patched up’ or ‘updated’, but new. To be redeemed by the sanctifying blood and eternal grace of Christ is more than sufficient to ‘repair’ a person; it completely remakes you from crown to sole, imputes you with His righteousness and with His Holy Spirit. The man or woman that existed before that moment is replaced forever with the child born in the image of their Savior, made so by your faith and His grace: “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:26)

But it doesn’t stop there; far from it. Sanctification is a process, and to stay new we must constantly be renewed in both mind and spirit by establishing ourselves in His Word and His Holy Spirit; by conforming to His image. Like Peter, we will begin to sink if ever we take our eyes from our Lord, as our prosperity, health, and victory lies in Him and Him alone: there is no other way!! We must “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal. 5:1) We have to keep our eyes on Him, or else – redeemed or not – the waters will begin to close over our heads once more.

So today, take comfort in your redemption: for you have been reborn with God as your Father, and remade as co-heirs to the Kingdom with Christ. You have the Word and promises of God to stand upon and rest assured in, and it is your faith in Him that will overcome all this world can throw at you. If you do not know Christ, then now is the time: now is your opportunity to be welcomed into the fold and given the promise of the Kingdom and the eternal victory of our faith. Now is the day and hour of salvation wherein you can be made forever free, and forever new. After that, it is merely a matter of staying founded in Jesus, hearts and minds set upon Him; the victory and grace that His redemption brings and the promise of His word will do the rest. Because it is only when we are redeemed that we begin to live the life that we were truly destined to live.

 

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him: Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” – Col. 2:6-7

Be blessed,

Joshua

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