DAY 5 - IDENTITY: yOU ARE REDEEMED
Updated: Jan 16, 2020
Ephesians 1:7: "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."
YOU ARE REDEEMED! Redemption is the act of buying something back or paying a price or ransom to return something to your possession. Redemption is the English translation of the Greek word agorazo, meaning "to purchase in the marketplace." In ancient times, it often referred to the act of buying a slave. It carried the meaning of freeing someone from chains, prison, or slavery. The New Bible Dictionary gives this definition: "Redemption means deliverance from some evil by payment of a price."
What Does Redemption Mean to Christians?
1. Redemption means Jesus Christ, through his sacrificial death, purchased believers from the slavery of sin to set us free from that bondage.
2. Redemption always involves going from something to something else. In this case, it is Christ freeing us from the bondage of the law to freedom of a new life in him.
3. Redemptions also means "to obtain release by the payment of a price." The price (or ransom), in Christianity, was Christ's precious blood, obtaining our release from sin and death.
In Matthew 20:28, Jesus himself, the Son of God, said that he came to give himself as a ransom for many: "...even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
The same concept appears in the writings of the Apostle Paul: ...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. (Romans 3:23-25, ESV) I Corinthians 6:20 says. For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Jesus paid the price for your sin, to redeem your soul, your life - to restore to you your stolen, lost identity!