The Joy of Redemption

Mar. 7, 2018 | By Taffi Dollar

Summary

Redemption can be defined as being bought back from bondage; Jesus is the one who redeemed us. Understanding not just what redemption means, but also all its ramifications for us, allows us to operate at our highest potential and experience God’s best for us. Before Jesus came, the people lived in fear of punishment or death for breaking any aspect of the harsh, strict rules and regulations the Law of Moses dictated, but now we no longer have to live under the curses of the law. Christ went to the cross to free us from what has the power to harm us, but many believers still struggle joylessly, as if He had never won victory and freedom for them. Life is difficult and painful for them because they do not understand what being Christian means for them. To be redeemed is to be released from the blame and debt that sin causes, so that we can exchange a dreary existence for a glorious new life. Studying the Scriptures teaches us just how redemption frees us to walk in blessings and not under curses.
  1. We are redeemed from everything hateful, evil, and contrary to God’s Word.
    1. Even taking into consideration the Word of God broadcast everywhere through the media, many Christians are still living in bondage. They still operate under the curse of the Law of Moses, and live in defeat.
      1. O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth… (Galatians 3:1).
    2. 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).
      1. The power of Christ removes burdens and destroys yokes. Jesus bought us back for a price; He, Himself, was our ransom from captivity.
      2. Through His blood, we are no longer under sin’s control.
      3. Redemption means to re-purchase, get or win back, free from what distresses us, or to change for the better. It also means to release from blame or debt, or to exchange for something of value.
      4. In the Old Testament, the people could only hear from God through the priests. Now, we can hear directly from Him through the Holy Spirit, who gives us guidance and direction.
    3. Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified) (Galatians 3:13, AMPC).
      1. We have been redeemed from the curses of the law so that we can walk in the blessings of Gode.
  1. Jesus has given us back the authority mankind lost in the garden of Eden.
    1. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
      1. It is through Christ that we are empowered and enabled to prosper.
      2. When God created humanity, He blessed male and female, and gave them equal ability to succeed.
      3. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth(Genesis 1:27, 28).
    2. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3).
      1. The law brought doom, spiritual heaviness, and the weight of never feeling good enough to please God. It brought lingering shame and condemnation because of Adam and Eve’s sin. We are no longer to operate under the curse of the law.
      2. We can now rise above that, because we know that God favors us. We can succeed because of the value He places on us.
      3. What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour (Psalm 8:4, 5).
    3. According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (2 Peter 1:3, 4).
      1. Jesus is our redeemer, and we are beneficiaries of this redemption.
  1. Unlike under the old covenant, we can now approach God with no fear.
    1. And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed (Deuteronomy 28:23, 24).
      1. Under the old covenant, the people operated under a closed heaven. A ceiling existed over men and women, blocking their access to God.
      2. Jesus came to allow us to live under an open heaven. There is now no longer anything blocking our accessibility to God. We can freely approach Him.
    2. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
      1. Under the law, the people could not come to God or enter the holiest of holies without the threat of death, without performing extensive rituals first. Jesus undid these requirements.
      2. God does not keep us at arm’s length anymore. Jesus flung the doors of heaven wide open and He welcomes us.
      3. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).
    3. Let us then fearlessly  and confidently  and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it] (Hebrews 4:16, AMPC).
      1. God wants a relationship with us and He accepts us unconditionally. Jesus meets us right where we are.
      2. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6).
  1. We are free from emotional bondage, curses on our families, and defeat.
    1. Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long; and there shall be no might in thine hand. The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway...Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity (Deuteronomy 28:32, 33, 41).
      1. We have been redeemed from the curse of the unsaved household.
    2. And they answered, Believe in the Lord Jesus  Christ [give yourself up to Him, take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into His keeping] and you will be saved, [and this applies both to] you and your household as well (Acts 16:31, AMPC).
      1. It is vital that we believe right; we must avoid negativity.
      2. Jesus, Himself, was a believer. He believed that if He gave His blood, we would be saved and would choose to have a relationship with Him.
    3. So that you shall be driven mad by the sights which your eyes shall see (Deuteronomy 28:34, AMPC).
      1. In these end days, mental health issues and the spirit of fear are circulating in the world. We must speak in faith over ourselves and over our minds. The enemy wants to sift us.
      2. And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not… (Luke 22:31, 32).
      3. We must be aware of what we are looking at, listening to, and focusing on. These are the gates that will determine what is manifested in our lives.
      4. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8).
      5. Under the curse, people were enraged, fearful, and in emotional bondage. When Jesus ministered to a madman, He redeemed the man from bondage and put him back in his right mind (Mark 5:1-15).
    4. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm  and well-balanced mind  and discipline  and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7, AMPC).
      1. Under the law, the people were afflicted by the spirit of fear. Now, the Holy Spirit banishes that spirit and allows us to think like God wants us to think.
      2. God gave us the same authority that He gave Adam and Eve when He blessed them and gave them dominion over all the earthe blessed them H eblessed them .
      3. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth…And God blessed them…(Genesis 1:26, 28).
  1. The mind of Christ enables us to think like Him and live victoriously.
    1. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus(Philippians 2:5).
      1. We must align our minds with the mind of Christ. This is a mind of humility and self-control, a mindset that puts others first before our own selfish interests.
    2. Let each of you esteem  and look upon  and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others. Let this same attitude  and purpose  and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:] Who, although being essentially one with God  and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped  or retained, But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men  and was born a human being. And after He had appeared in human form, He abased  and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross! Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name (Philippians 2:4-9, AMPC).
      1. We need a mindset of service to others and of showing them the love of Christ.
      2. The beauty of biblical equality is that it enables everyone to operate in the fullness of their gifts and potential.
    3. And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life: In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see (Deuteronomy 28:66, 67).
      1. We have been redeemed from our lives hanging in doubt, and from the spirit of discontent.
      2. Under the curse, people’s lives had no purpose or direction; even now, many people still live in fear and doubt.
    4. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof (Matthew 6:25-34).
      1. Worry never changed anything for the better.
      2. We do not need to allow our lives to hang in doubt.

Scripture References

Galatians 3:1
Galatians 3:13
Galatians 3:13, AMPC
Ephesians 1:3
Genesis 1:26-28
1 Peter 1:3
Psalm 8:4, 5
2 Peter 1:3, 4
Deuteronomy 28:23, 24, 32, 33, 41, 66, 67
Hebrews 4:15
Matthew 11:28-30
Hebrews 4:16, AMPC
Ephesians 1:6
Acts 16:31, AMPC
Deuteronomy 28:34, AMPC
Luke 22:31, 32
Joshua 1:8
Mark 5:1-15
2 Timothy 1:7, AMPC
Philippians 2:5
Philippians 2:4-9, AMPC
Matthew 6:25-34

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