Johnie Edwards
A new movie was recently filmed in Bloomington, Indiana called, “Redemption.” The Bible often speaks of redemption. Thus, we take a look:

1. Christ Died to Redeem Us. Paul wrote Titus concerning Christ, “Who have himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Tit. 2:14). Christ paid the demanded price that we might have remission of our sins. Paul told the Ephesian pastors that the Lord’s church was “purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20:28). Without the death of Christ, there would be no redemption!

2. My Redeemer Liveth. The Hebrew writer said of Christ, “he ever liveth” (Heb. 7:25). Job, of old, said, “For I know that my redeemer liveth” (Job 19:25). Our redeemer is not dead, but much alive. Didn’t Matthew report, “God is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Matt. 22:32)?

3. Redemption Made Possible by the Blood of Christ. No blood, no redemption! It’s that simple. The Holy Spirit said, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold . . . but with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish, and without spot” (1 Pet. 1:18-19).

4. Redemption is in Christ. The Roman Christians were told, “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 3:24). Paul likewise wrote the Ephesians, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Eph. 1:7). Do you know how one gets into Christ, where redemption is? Galatians 3:27 says we are “baptized into Christ” (Gal. 3:27). Have you been baptized into Christ to be redeemed?

5. Eternal Redemption Awaits The Faithful. The writer of Hebrews said, Christ “. . . by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Heb. 9:12). What a promise to the faithful in Christ! Are you one of the faithful in Christ?

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Truth Magazine Vol. XLIV: 13  p12  July 6, 2000