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Scripture Reading: Hebrews 9:11-15
Redemption: Ransomed from Sin
1. Christians have been saved (delivered) from sin’s danger and reconciled to God.
2. Redemption views salvation in Christ from the standpoint of bondage and freedom, of liberty and release from the guilt and punishment of sins we have committed.
I. WE NEED REDEMPTION FROM OUR SINS.
A. All Have Sinned, Rom. 3:23; 1 Jno. 5:19.
1. Sin violates God’s law (1 Jno. 3:4) and causes spiritual death, 1 Jno. 3:4; Rom. 7:9 (6:23); Jas. 1:15.
2. Means man is spiritually separated from God, Isa. 59:2.
B. Being in the Bondage of Sin, Mankind Needs Redemption.
1. Redeem (lutroō): “1) to release on receipt of ransom 2) to redeem, liberate by payment of ransom” (Thayer).
2. “a releasing effected by payment of ransom…deliverance…liberation procured by the payment of a ransom.”
3. Ransom (antilutron): “what is given in exchange for another as the price of his redemption, ransom” (Thayer), 1 Tim. 2:6.
II. REDEEMED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB.
A. The Old Testament Taught Blood (Life) Atones for Sin, Lev. 1:1-4.
B. But, the Animal Sacrifices of the Law of Moses Could Never Redeem Sinners, Heb. 10:1-4.
1. They were a shadow of what is needed to redeem sinners from sin, but they were incapable of taking away sins, 10:4.
2. Neither can money redeem (ransom) sinners, 1 Pet. 1:18.
3. Jesus gave His life as the ransom price, Matt. 20:28; 1 Tim. 2:6.
B. The Lamb of God Takes Away Sins of the World, Jno. 1:29.
1. Redemption through His blood, Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14.
2. God prepared Jesus a body for the sacrifice, Heb. 10:5-10.
a. Precious blood: Held in honor, of great price, esteemed, 1 Pet. 1:19.
b. Obtained eternal redemption, Heb. 9:12-15.
3. Laid on Him the iniquity of us all, Isa. 53:6.
4. Redeemed to God by His blood, Rev. 5:9.
III. THE BLESSING OF REDEMPTION BRINGS OBLIGATIONS.
A. The Blessings of Redemption:
1. Are in Christ Jesus, Rom. 3:24 (Rom. 6:3; Gal. 3:27).
2. Forgiveness of sins, Eph. 1:7.
3. Set free from sin, Rom. 6:22.
4. Added to His church, being purchased with His blood, Acts 2:47; 20:28. (This means the church is essential, not optional.)
5. Purified to belong to Christ, Tit. 2:14.
B. We have Obligations Because We are Redeemed.
1. To glorify God in your body, 1 Cor. 6:19-20.
-Our body either reflects Christ or the world, and its use either honors God or satisfies selfish, worldly desires, 1 Pet. 4:2.
2. To serve Christ rather than become subservient to men, 1 Cor. 7:23-24. (cf. Matt. 20:28).
a. Cleansed and enlivened to serve the living God, Heb. 9:14.
b. We cannot serve two masters, Lk. 16:13.
3. To be zealous of good works, Tit. 2:14.
IV. WE MUST PREACH THE GOSPEL OF REDEMPTION.
A. The Gospel of Redemption:
1. Preaching that identifies, rebukes and corrects sin, 2 Tim. 4:2 (3:16).
2. Preaching that turns the sinner to Christ and to His plan of redemption, Eph. 1:7-9. (how to be redeemed)
3. Preaching that exhorts the church (the redeemed) to be faithful to Christ, Rev. 5:9-10.
B. False Messages of Redemption Include:
1. The social gospel.
2. The patriotic gospel.
3. The self-esteem/self-improvement gospel.
4. The self-defined gospel.
5. The “faith only” gospel (fails to reach the blood, Rom. 6:3).
6. All the “gospels” of men rather than gospel of Christ, Gal. 1:6-7.
1. God’s plan of redemption provides the ransom that frees sinners from the bondage and death of sin – the precious blood of the Lamb (1 Pet. 1:19).
2. God be praised for such a gift!
3. Christ be honored and obeyed for such a sacrifice!
By: Joe R. Price
Posted: July 26, 2013