Blood of Jesus
We read that it was “neither by the blood of goats or calves, but by His own blood that Jesus entered in once into the holy place – having obtained eternal redemption for us. The blood of Jesus did not cover for our sins.
Work of Christ
It must not be me that does the work but Christ working through me – are you willing to say ”not I but Christ worketh in me…?” Galatians 2:20 Praise the Lord that Christ’s work of redemption is complete – Hallelujah!
It is not just life; acceptance; redemption and righteousness that are in Him, but the creation; our hope; spiritual blessings; consolation… and consummation – and Peace and Effectual Prayer and Strength and Riches are all “In Christ”.
The Bible teaches we have continuity of salvation – from the day we first believed. Resting our confidence on Christ atoning work is what the bible teaches us to do. Trusting the Word of God about our redemption is what we should be doing. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, is the Bible’s clear instruction, for there can be little or no stability in the Christian life when this truth is doubted – but until this is resolved in a believer’s heart there can be little spiritual growth.
Kept and Sealed
For God is able to keep us from falling and to joyfully present us perfect to God. It is Jesus Himself who promised that both He and the Father would keep us safe, and Paul tells us that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption..
The Lord has made the gospel of grace effortless, very easy and very accessible. God made His gospel simple and clear – believe on the Lord Jesus OR be condemned. The redemption message is clear – salvation is of grace… thru Christ Jesus..
for He is the power of God and the wisdom of God, and in Him is salvation-: redemption : sanctification : glorification.
It is by God’s doing we are in Christ Jesus and eternally united with Him, and to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and Christ the wisdom of God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption 1Cor.1:24
Christ our Righteousness
Because we trust in Christ, He is our righteousness, our holiness and redemption. We have nothing at all to boast about, except in the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. Far be it from any of us who are His children to boast except in the cross of Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me – and I to the world. Galatians 6:14.
without which redemption would be impossible. Unless the Creator of the Universe had deigned to make Himself as nothing, by taking on Himself the form of a servant and being born in the likeness of men – we’d remain dead in our sins.
The very first thing to remember when we take this cup is that while we are taking it as the cup of salvation, while we are remembering the atonement which is in the Blood, and all the wonderful redemption which is ours because of that Blood, the cup does also speak to us of fellowship with His suffering....
Reality is not human goodness, nor holiness, nor heaven, nor hell; but Redemption; and the need to perceive this is the most vital need for the Christian worker to-day.
As workers we have to get used to the revelation that Redemption is the only Reality.
Personal holiness is an effect, not a cause, and if we place our faith in human goodness, in the effect of Redemption, we shall go under when the test comes.
As long as our eyes are upon our own personal whiteness we shall never get near the reality of Redemption.
Don't ask me to come into contact with the rugged reality of Redemption on behalf of the filth of human life as it is; what I want is anything God can do for me to make me more desirable in my own eyes.
Just as sin entered the world through the disobedience of one man, and death came through sin, causing condemnation and separation from God to be the inherited status of all people – so also redemption came to the world through the obedience of one Man, resulting in the forgiveness of sins for all humanity – and light and life and hope and peace and renewed fellowship with the Father – to ALL who would believe on His name. It was divine grace that provided a second Adam to redeem the fallen race of man.
Reality is Redemption, not my experience of Redemption; but Redemption has no meaning for me until it speaks the language of my conscious life.
If I am left with my experiences, my experiences have not been produced by Redemption.
The proof that they are produced by Redemption is that I am led out of myself all the time, I no longer pay any attention to my experiences as the ground of Reality, but only to the Reality which produces the experiences.
Plan of Redemption
Every member of the human race is a sinner – so all are under God’s condemnation, but God’s plan of redemption was so designed that sin could be eternally forgiven – the Lord Jesus willingly took the punishment to forgive the sin of the whole world.
Every barrier to God is lifted and every blockade to redemption has been removed, for in Christ Jesus, we who were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Simply believing in Christ has lifted every shackle with which we were bound.
Picture of Redemption
And then comes into view the river of life – living water to nourish all He made. And then we see the tree of life – that will feed the saints and heal the nations. And then we see the tree of knowledge..
We should almost be led to believe by certain emphases that redemption is the greatest thing in the universe, and that all God’s interest is in redemption, and that we should be occupied solely with redemption.
Redemption is a great thing.
We can never, never exaggerate, and I doubt whether we shall ever know what a great thing redemption is; and yet, great as redemption is in its scope, in its depth, in its cost, redemption is only incidental to the eternal purpose.
While the direction is toward ourselves – redemption, sanctification, glorification, and so on – or towards anything less than the Son Himself, we have not got God’s dynamic for accomplishing His work, and therefore it becomes necessary, as the sufficient, the adequate basis of the Holy Spirit’s operation, that there should be a revelation of Jesus Christ in the heart, for it is in relation to Him and what God has purposed concerning Him that all the energies of God are released and made active.
Christ became flesh and died to restore the original relationship between God and man. Christ took upon Himself all our spiritual accountability and clothed Himself with all man’s evil and wickedness. Christ paid the price of redemption – a premium, impossible for man to discharge. Christ did this willingly and in love – and God gives this freely to all who will believe in Him. Astoundingly John tells us in his gospel that God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Wonder of Redemption
The wonders of redemption and the glories of heir-ship with Christ.. plumb the depths of our grasp and scale the heights of our imaginations. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
He knew man would choose to violate the sacred position to which he was called – and yet in His grace God still chose to make man in His own image and likeness. For God had purposed that He would redeem His fallen creatures from their sin, He planned to appoint His only begotten Son to be the unique – perfect Son of Man.
The beautiful chorus that rang through the night sky – that was being sung by the heavenly choirs of rejoicing angels, must have been a strange sight – for angelic beings are not the favoured recipients of God’s amazing grace.
Redemption we read was the gift of grace, that was offered to the human race – so that whoever will believe on the only begotten Son of God will never perish but have everlasting life.
I am His, by creation, and I am His by redemption. I am His by right and I am His by purchased when I was lost. I am His body, soul, and spirit. I am His by the ransom of His precious blood. I am His by the conquest of the Spirit.
If your faith is in experiences, any thing that happens is likely to upset that faith; but nothing can ever upset God or the almighty Reality of Redemption; base your faith on that, and you are as eternally secure as God.
Christ is made unto us wisdom to enable us to walk aright in a perplexing world, righteousness to replace our sinfulness, sanctification to impart the growth we so greatly need, and redemption of the body to consummate the whole.
The Father rests in that; as Man having accomplished redemption, He has passed into the heavens, now to appear in the presence of God for us.' It is the glorified Lord Jesus who gives abiding rest to our souls, and not what our thoughts about ourselves may be.
Plan of Redemption
God made an entirely new creation in Christ from the flawed clay that we’d become. He did not try to re-educate Adam’s old race but set in motion His plan of redemption. He did not try to re-train us or to insist that we did lots of studying or good works. He did not try to improve us or to change us by making our fallen sin nature better.
Therefore we should not be in bondage to sin, for he that hath died (and that is everyone who is in the Lord Jesus) is justified (or released) from (the power of) sin' (Rom. 6:7); and we are now under grace, which does not demand righteousness of us, for the Lord Jesus was made unto us righteousness and sanctification and redemption (1 Cor. 1:30).
The contrast is painful in the extreme between the uniform language of the New Testament about Christians as thus called to worship in liberty and joy and nearness to the Father, and that of liturgies ancient and modern; and this because the results of redemption soon became merged and hidden in Jewish forms, and the law was recalled to the place of the Holy Spirit, and man in the flesh intruded wholesale into realms which belong only to those solemnly accredited as God's Church, the Body of Christ. -W.K.
He deliberately took upon His own shoulders, and bore in His own Person, the whole massed sin of the human race - He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, and by so doing He put the whole human race on the basis of Redemption.
A man cannot redeem himself; Redemption is God's bit, it is absolutely finished and complete; its reference to individual men is a question of their individual action.
A distinction must always be made between the revelation of Redemption and the conscious experience of salvation in a man's life.
The Christian worker has to be a sacramental go-between, to be so identified with his Lord and the reality of His Redemption that He can continually bring His creating life through him.
When we preach the historic facts of the life and death of Our Lord as they are conveyed in the New Testament, our words are made sacramental, God uses them on the grounds of His Redemption to create in those who listen that which is not created otherwise.
If we preach the effects of Redemption in human life instead of the revelation regarding Jesus, the results in those who listen is not new birth, but refined spiritual culture, and the Spirit of God cannot witness to it because such preaching is another domain.
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you were SEALED for the day of redemption.Ephesians 4:30
God The Son promised that we would be sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise. God The Father sealed us and gave us the Holy Spirit as an assured down-payment. God the Holy Spirit sealed us until the glorious day of full and final redemption.
Day of Redemption
The Spirit was active in the work He did in you and you were completely passive. Every aspect of His work was done at a moment in time by the Spirit – you did nothing. But His work is also non-experiential and has nothing to do with emotion or feeling. And nothing can break His seal or interfere with His sealing work in you..
by Whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
– Ephesians 4:30 Oh that seal is fixed up to the rapture of the Church – our day of full and final redemption.
The indwelling Holy Spirit it a guaranteed pre-payment from God. He is our guarantee that God will finish the work in us – to that day of redemption. He is the down-payment of our inheritance, which is given by God to guarantee our full salvation.
God, Himself, has made each and every blood-bought child complete in Him. For of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. 1Cor.1:30
Were it not for the humanity of our Saviour and the blood that poured over the Mercy Seat of God, from His human heart of love… there could never have been redemption for the race of man – for only a perfect Man (a kinsman Redeemer), Who was born into the human race, could redeem fallen man from eternal separation from a holy God.
Redemption means that Jesus Christ can put into any man the hereditary disposition that was in Himself, and all the standards He gives are based on that disposition: His teaching is for the life He puts in.
The moral miracle of Redemption is that God can put into me a new disposition whereby I can live a totally new life.
Just as the disposition of sin entered into the human race by one man, so the Holy Spirit entered the human race by another Man; and Redemption means that I can be delivered from the heredity of sin and through Jesus Christ can receive an unsullied heredity, that it..
We murmur like the idolatrous children of Israel, when life gets uncomfortable. We complain self-pityingly, when circumstances do not meet our approval. We vainly attempt to add human self-merit into the equation of the redemption! We proudly seek to rely on self-effort for spiritual growth and soul-sanctification. We think that we can better advise God on the preferred direction our lives! We think we can even hold God accountable….!
But there is also a wider world that is in equal need of redemption from sin and everlasting life from above. There was the intriguing story of Moses the prophet, who was raised up by God to lead His people out of Egyptian bondage, and to guide them safely them through their wilderness walk, who declared:- the Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your own people.
The Son of God
The eternal Son of the Father is identified as the perfect Son of Mary – and the deity of Christ is married with the humanity of our Kinsman-Redeemer – as the never-ending love-story of redemption continues to be unfolded, to all with ears to hear. The Messiah of Israel and His sovereignty over the household of the Jewish nation was a vital role that Christ was to play on His first visit to earth.
Loyalty to Jesus Christ is the supernatural work of Redemption wrought in me by the Holy Ghost Who sheds abroad the love of God in my heart, and that love works efficaciously through me in contact with everyone I meet.
Oswald Chambers put it this way: “When the supreme Love of God in the giving of Himself has truly got hold of me, I love myself in the power of His love: that means a son of God being presented to God as a result of His effectual Redemption in bringing many sons to glory.
That is a gratification to God, because it is the returning back to Himself – the Love in expressed reality. When the redemption is effected in me, I am a delight to God, not to myself, I am not meant for myself, I am meant for God.”
There is nothing indicative of the miracle of Redemption in that.
Launch out in reckless belief that the Redemption is complete, and then bother no more about yourself, but begin to do as Jesus Christ said - pray for the friend who comes to you at midnight, pray for the saints, pray for all men.
We discover the love and mercy of a holy God Who took steps to save a fallen race that was lost in trespasses and sins – we see the scarlet thread of redemption streaming down through the pages of holy writ – to condemned humanity.
Israel and the Church
Christians are children now but the adoption of sons takes place later, for we know that: the whole creation groans, with birth pangs together until now, and not only that, but we also who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan in ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption – the redemption of our body.
And God desires that we are transformed into the image of the Son of His love, but we can hinder His good transforming work in our lives, and grieve His Spirit – and so we are warned not to grieve the Holy Spirit: do not GRIEVE the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption… Eph.4:30.
The context of grieving the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 4 which tells us: do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption (Eph.4:30) – let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, along with all malice (Eph.4:31) – and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (Eph.4:32) – The life-long sanctifying process is carried out in the power of the Holy Spirit, but the sanctifying process cannot be accomplished by the work of the flesh.
Spirit and Prayer
Believers may be divided by thousands of miles – separated by land and sea… but we can gather together in love and encouragement – in spirit and in prayer, reminding each other that the time is short and we are to look up. Christ is returning soon and our redemption draws closer with each passing day.
You have no idea of where God is going to engineer your circumstances, no knowledge of what strain is going to be put on you either at home or abroad, and if you waste your time in over-active energies instead of getting into soak on the great fundamental truths of God's Redemption, you will snap when the strain comes; but if this time of soaking before God is being spent in getting rooted and grounded in God on the unpractical line, you will remain true to Him what ever happens.
The cross was the one pivotal point and central spot in the history of the universe. The cross was the precise point where planned redemption became fulfilled reality. It is the one unique point in history where redemptions work was finished. The cross was a gateway connecting the old testament with the new testament.
Peace and Redemption
To Gideon the frightened He became SHALOM, and declared I AM your PEACE.
Righteousness and Redemption
To Jeremiah He became: “I AM your RIGHTEOUSNESS: In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this [is] his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness. (YHWH TZIDKENU)” Jer.23:6.
And to us He is the length, breadth, depth and height of our righteousness: “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 1Cor.1:30
Immediately you transact on the Redemption, and stop the impertinence of debate, God gives on the witness.
The Spirit of God witnesses to the Redemption of Our Lord, He does not witness to anything else; He cannot witness to our reason.
The simplicity that comes from our natural common-sense decisions is apt to be mistaken for the witness of the Spirit, but the Spirit witnesses only to His own nature, and to the work of Redemption, never to our reason.
We have been having a wonderful time this Session over the revelation of God's Redemption, our hearts are perfect towards Him; His wonderful works in us makes us know that in the main we are right with Him.
The word ‘Salvation’ is one all-embracing word that unites a variety of concepts – redemption – rebirth – justification – security – sanctification – growth – maturity – foreknowledge – election – predestination – righteousness – glorification – grace – reconciliation – new-life-in-Christ – new creation –adoption– saved by grace – born-from-above – baptised into Christ – accepted-in Him – citizens of heaven – etc
all facets of Salvation are by the power of God and because of the grace of God – all God does in redemption, rebirth, justification; and sanctification is by grace – all His foreknowledge; election; predestination sealing and adoption is of grace.
It was not just earthly blessings and temporal power that Paul discovered..
it was a cosmic redemption, – not merely a delivery from Rome’s tyranny. Paul discovered that God truly has delivered us …. God has delivered us from the power of darkness- and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.
You cannot intercede if you do not believe in the reality of the Redemption; you will turn intercession into futile sympathy with human beings which will only increase their submissive content to being out of touch with God.
When we pray on the ground of Redemption, God creates something He can create in no other way than through intercessory prayer.
Paul details how the righteous are justified by faith and are to live by faith – alone. He explains in great detail God’s wonderful plan of redemption – thru faith in Christ. He explains how Jesus us the federal head of an entirely new creation – in Christ – for the old fallen creation in Adam have the sentence of death upon their heads – but the new creation in Christ has the free gift of eternal life in their hearts.
You have to work out with concentration and care what God works in; not work your own salvation, but work it out, while you base resolutely in unshaken faith on the complete and perfect Redemption of the Lord.
entombed in the heart of the earth - for in Him was LIFE - the eternal, resurrected life that becomes our life, when we trust in Him for salvation. The plan of redemption dictated that death had no power over His sinless life for as the eternal Creator-God, He is a life-giving spirit.
And Romans is a book that systematically and logically takes us into a fuller understanding of God’s plans and purposes for salvation, for redemption, sanctification, glorification and all that accompanies the riches of God’s grace towards us, who were once dead in trespasses and sins, but have now been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
The book of Ezra along with all Scripture demonstrates that God's plans and purposes for the redemption of the world, through our Lord Jesus Christ, can never be thwarted and that He will use whosoever He chooses to fulfil all He wills.
Throughout history, the Lord has used gentile nations and pagan kings in forwarding His unfolding plan of redemption.
Praise God that His word will not return to Him void and that through the act of this pagan gentile, God’s plan of redemption was forwarded by king Cyrus, who declared that Jerusalem would be rebuilt and decreed that the Holy Temple of God must be restored.
But how gracious Jesus was to these two troubled souls, for he then opened-up the Scriptures to them, and gave them an exclusive Bible study, on His mission and ministry, His Person and Work, His death and His resurrection and God's entire plan of salvation for the redemption of mankind.
No doubt, Jesus graciously gave a full review of the fall of man and God's plan of redemption through His promised Seed.
He no doubt touched on His Life, His ministry, His mission and His work on the cross for the forgiveness of sin, the redemption of mankind and life everlasting, as outlined in so many prophetic books.
Attempts were made to incorporate Jewish rites into Christian worship; to confuse Israel with the Church and to combine the programme God must carry out through His chosen nation – Israel, with the work He is currently undertaking through the body of Christ – which is the Church.“Circumcision” was a special sign, which God specifically gave to the nation of Israel – through Abraham It was a sign that sealed the unique and important role they were to play in God’s plan for man’s redemption.
God in His eternal and infinite wisdom has chosen to share with the fallen race of finite humanity certain truths of His Person, His character, His purpose - and His plans for the redemption of mankind.
The final chapter in God’s plan of redemption is played out in graphic detail, until the Lord Jesus, the supreme Ruler of heaven and earth, bursts through the clouds, accompanied by the armies of heaven – with “King of kings and Lord of lords”, written on His robe and on His thigh.
Let us be part of Paul's “OTHERS' as we share the good news of the Christ crucified, risen and ascended for the redemption of mankind - so that whosoever believes on Him for salvation, will not perish but have everlasting life.
And the gift of God that the Lord Jesus spoke-of to this woman-at-the-well is His free gift of salvation, which is openly available to all who will accept God's gracious offer of redemption, and be cleansed of their sin - by faith in Christ.
And although the written Scriptures, the Messiah and God's plan of redemption was to come through the Jewish nation, God in His grace knew that for a time Israel would have to be set aside, due to unbelief.
who is dead in sins, estranged from God and steeped in apostasy as recorded in the Old Testament - to the 27 New Testament chapters that follow, which deal with redemption and comfort, forgiveness and grace - and joyfully terminates with a new heaven and a new earth.
The unfolding story of redemption only comes to full fruition with the sacrificial death and glorious resurrection of Christ..
as we trace the scarlet story of redemption through its precious pages..
Those Roman soldiers could never have imagined the part they would play in the glorious story of the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, as they crucified: 'Jesus of Nazareth - the King of the Jews', on a wooden cross outside the city gates of Jerusalem - and divided up His garments amongst themselves, by casting lots.
Though the heavens declare the glory of God, it is through His Word that the Lord has unveiled Himself to His people, through His names and His character, His plan of redemption and His purposes for those that trust on His name.Psalm 48
In the meantime, God in His grace is taking from among the Gentiles, a people for His name – through whom He is forwarding His plan of redemption..
You see, EVERY prophecy concerning Christ MUST be fulfilled, if He is to return to earth and complete God’s programme of redemption, and the salvation of the world.
When God’s programme through the Church has been completed, then the Lord will remove the witness of His Church from the earth and graciously re-establish His work of redemption through Israel – during the coming time of Jacob’s Trouble.
In consideration of the amazing grace that God has bestowed on each one of us, by the redemption of our lives, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ - should we not seek to honour God, no matter what our status, skills, colour, parentage or gender?
The mystery of our call to glory is that we can rejoice greatly despite our trials and losses, because we have an unfailing hope in our eternal inheritance and the glorious redemption of our bodies, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Satan's questioning of God's Word was the catalyst that incited the fall of man - and yet in His grace, God used this catastrophic fall of mankind to be the very trigger whereby His amazing plan for the redemption of humanity in particular..
and the redemption of creation in general, was called into action.
And as the appointed time for the work of redemption drew ever closer, the Lord Jesus is found on His face beseeching the Father: if you are willing, remove this cup from Me..
The Father always hears the prayers of His only begotten Son, and had there been an alternative way to secure the redemption of mankind, God would surely have interjected...but on this occasion the heavens remained silent - for there was no other way.
In the same way, after supper, He also took the cup, and said, this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many, for forgiveness of sins. It was the cup of redemption He lifted in His hand and gave to His disciples. THIS is the new covenant in My blood, He told them.
It should be a joy for every Christian to rejoice together in the simple message of salvation by grace – through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.It was the uncomplicated message of redemption that Jude planned to share with fellow believers in Christ, when he started to pen his epistle.
But if we are unwilling to take up the gauntlet, God will carry out His initiative through another willing servant or use an alternative course, in order to complete His plan of redemption.
Esther would have lost an opportunity to be used by God in His unfolding plan of redemption..
Let us be ready and willing like queen Esther to carry out the work that God has prepared for us to do, even when the task seems difficult, dangerous or daunting - for who knows whether or not you have been placed in this particular position - to pay a little part in the history of man's redemption.
He used the wicked plans of godless men in the court of king Ahasuerus to move forward His redemption plan into the next phase of fulfilment, and Esther and Mordecai were tools God used to thwart this evil.
It was God Who planned the redemption of mankind before the foundation of the world and by the grace of God, through faith in Christ, we have become the children of God and joint heirs with the beloved Son of His love.
Both Abraham and Stephen demonstrated an unshakable faith in our almighty God, for they knew that nothing in the heavens above, the earth beneath or the waters under the earth is able to thwart God's perfect plan of redemption, for both the people Israel that the Christian Church.
THIS is the day of Israel's redemption when His people cry out to the Lord Jesus, Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord - SAVE us.
What rejoicing will flood the earth for this is the great day towards which the Lord's plan of redemption has been steadily moving for millennia.
At His first coming, it was a Roman sword that pierced His side, from which poured redemption's blood-red stream over the sinful race of fallen man - as a dying, sin-cursed earth, groaned beneath the weight of sin, waiting in hope for this special day of redemption.
Paradise with the tree of life and its healing river was lost when Adam sinned, but God's amazing plan of redemption was gradually unfolded throughout Scripture, and the tree of life reappears in the book of Revelation - which concludes with words of blessing, that comfort and strengthen the hearts of all believers.
Zechariah’s song of praise is often called ‘the Benedictus’, and its primary focus is about the coming Saviour, Who would accomplish redemption for Israel. He was to be a descendant of the great king David, as foretold by prophets of old, and He would bring salvation to His people, Israel.
Today Israel looks back on their redemption from Egypt, but all who trust in God's only begotten Son, rejoice that we have been redeemed from the pit of death and destruction - and the only acceptable redemption price was the precious blood of our Saviour, Jesus Christ our Lord.
For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, Paul reminded then, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and gave thanks, and broke it and said, “This is My body, which is given for you – do this in remembrance of Me.” May we never forget the enormous price that was paid for our redemption, at the cross.
The Bible is God's wonderful plan of man's redemption from start to finish.
But as God brings His plan for man's redemption to its glorious and climatic conclusion..
The Bible is a record of God's wonderful plan of man's redemption and the amazing grace that caused God to send His only begotten Son to die on the cross to pay the price for our sin, and this will be brought to its final conclusion when God makes a new heaven and a new earth..
Most people would put gold and silver pretty high up on the list for ‘money speaks’ in this world, and silver and gold are commodities that are highly valued by the rich and poor alike, but they are perishable and valueless when it come to the redemption of a lost humanity.
But God in His grace redeemed us – God in His love bought us back by paying an enormous price for our redemption.
And through poetry and prose, prophecy and promises the Word of God was gradually unveiled to the fallen sons of Adam, revealing God’s plan of redemption through the gradual unfolding of His word of truth. And in this Psalm of praise to the God of language is a wonderful, poetic example of the might and magnificence of every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, as verse by verse, it unfolds a treasure-trove of truth that permits us a tiny glimpse into the very heart of God.
God in His wisdom knew man would sin and graciously set His plan of redemption in motion, whereby a second and final Adam was sent to redeem His fallen race - for as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
God is no respecter of persons and throughout Scripture we discover verse after verse that reminds us that it was the love of God that caused Him to send His only begotten Son to die on the cross for our redemption… and it was by the grace of God that His free gift of eternal life is given to whosoever will believe on Jesus Christ as Saviour – that is all it takes.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son for the redemption of all mankind, and Christian women, who are married to unbelieving men, are supplied with the greatest opportunity to draw them to faith in Christ.
but this is failure to recognise God's incredible grace in His simple plan for man's redemption - for as by ONE sin we were all made sinners..
It was by God's grace that Adam's condemnation rested on ONE single act of disobedience - in order that by God's grace man's redemption could also rest on ONE act of obedience - one single act of sacrifice which made possible the justification of all who will believe.
For the unbeliever faith in God is trusting in the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus for redemption…trusting Him for the forgiveness of sins – and that pleases God, for it is not His will that anyone should perish.
The cruel suffering and humiliation that accompanied Christ’s cruel death at Calvary was designed to bring to completion God’s fore-ordained, redemption plan, which purposed to bring many condemned sinners back into a right relationship with God, by faith, and adopt them into His family, as His children.
God set in motion His new work of redemption - and His glorious plan of salvation started to unfold.
God's Sabbath rest was rudely interrupted by sin, but God in His grace knew before the foundation of the world that man would disobey Him and His work of redemption would have to begin at a point in time.
to pay the price for sin - and so began God's ongoing work of redemption.
The Holy Trinity started to work for the redemption of the human race..
No doubt, as David reflected on life and living, in the knowledge that the Messiah was coming one day to sit on his throne and establish an everlasting kingdom, that David cried out, blessed be my Rock and exalted be the GOD of my salvation. David knew his Saviour was coming one day, and together with all Old Testament saints, he looked forward to that day of redemption, and rejoiced in the God of their salvation - Who was to come.
The earlier hymn of joy was sung by Mary, when she visited the heavily-pregnant Elisabeth, a few months before John was born... and Zachariah continues the theme of worship and praise as he opened his 'Benedictus', with the words, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and redeemed His people — Blessed the God of Israel, Who has come and provided redemption for His people.
God's plan of redemption was foreordained in the heavenly council chambers before the foundation of the world.
And John, the son of Zacharias the priest, was to be forerunner to the prophesied Messiah, Who was to visit and accomplish redemption for His people Israel.
His inspired words continue to glorify our Father in heaven as he spoke of Christ's advent and finished work of redemption, which was accomplished at Calvary and will be completed in the future.
John's prophesy was written in such a way that the future redemption of His people had already been accomplished.
But despite man's rebellious rejection of His plan of redemption, God the Father graciously spoke once more to humankind, through His dearly beloved Son - Who Himself is God and the heir of all things – Who Himself is God-eternal; God-all-holy; God-almighty; God from eternity … and through Whom also He created the world.
Every aspect of God's amazing plan of redemption, that is received by faith in Christ's sacrificial death and His glorious resurrection, was in accordance with the eternal purpose and plan of God, which was hidden for ages and generations..
God is omniscient, and knew that man would be tempted of Satan and fail to obey His instructions... and so God in His grace, forged the plan of redemption, before the creation of the world.
God's plan of redemption was kept hidden, for they would not have crucified Christ if they had understood the far-reaching effects of His redemptive plan.
There is no-one excluded from this glorious promise which already is yes and amen in Christ, according to His riches in mercy and it encompasses plenteous redemption and abundance of life in the eternal ages to come.
Unbeknown to both women, God had planned to use their desperate situation to demonstrate His grace towards them and to forward His perfect plan of redemption, and as the story unfolds, we are increasingly aware of God's providential work in their lives -
His will be a kingdom standing on the sacrificial offering of Christ on the cross, for the redemption of the world.
First the redemption of mankind and then the setting up of Godly appointed authority on earth, when God's lost kingdom is regained - through Jesus Christ - God of gods; Light of lights; King of kings and Lord of heaven and earth.
The free, unmerited gift of eternal life to all who believe in His name is the most wonderful addition to our redemption, but His glorious resurrection from the dead is beyond our comprehension, for through His bodily resurrection He broke the power of death in the mortal bodies of all who would trust His name - and because He lives we too will live, with a spirit, a soul and a glorified body.
And it was out of love that God sent His only begotten Son so that all who trust in Him for their redemption are saved by grace through faith... transferred from being a member of the kingdom of Satan through physical birth into Adam's fallen race..
This 'dispensation of the grace of God', as Paul called it, was to be a season, during which the Lord would carry out His plans and purposes, for the redemption of mankind, through a different group of people.
But it is God's will that after salvation we put away such worldly pursuits, and leave that old life behind us, together with those former desires, as we press towards the goal of our calling - just as the Lord Jesus, set His own face as a flint towards Jerusalem, the cross and the redemption of mankind.
It was for the redemption of the human race that He had to be forsaken so tragically. It was for this reason that He was born into His own creation and for this reason that He died for the sin of the world – and praise God that Jesus our precious Saviour and kinsman Redeemer drank the Father’s bitter cup to its dregs – so that you and I who believe on His name, would not perish but have eternal life, with Him.
And Paul wants us to know that our great salvation and amazing redemption is only by the grace and mercy of God - Paul therefore desires that we are constrained by a grateful heart and a deep love for our Father, to present our bodies as a living sacrifice - holy and acceptable to the Lord.
No doubt she recalled his warning that a sword would one day pierce her own soul, to the end that the thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.While still not yet fully comprehending the deeper and eternal significance of Christ’s redeeming work, His mother and John must have been standing among the mocking crowd and cruel soldiers together with a few faithful followers, who loved Him dearly – but friend of foe alike, every one needed to be washed in His redeeming blood or pay the consequences of sin’s deadly hold.Devoted obedience to the Father, gracious redemption of humanity, a glorious bride for Himself and the victorious reclamation of the kingdom was the goal of His divine calling, yet the loving-kindness He showed towards His mother, demonstrates the humanity of our Lord and the empathetic nature of God for His children – for when Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple He loved standing nearby, He said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple he loved, “Here is your mother.”
God in His grace formed a plan of redemption, whereby He offered to pardon every man's many transgressions, and declare all who believe in His Word, (Christ, the Word made flesh), to be justified in His sight, clothed in His own righteousness, forgiven of sin and returned into fellowship with God..
Psalm 2 explains that God's plan of redemption was to return man's dominion over the world through Christ, to make the nations His inheritance and to give Him the ends of the earth as His eternal possession.
The holy Lamb of God was slain from the foundation of the world so that all rebellious human-kind could be offered the free gift of redemption for the forgiveness of sins, an escape from death’s cruel sting, a release from the curse of the Law and eternal salvation with life more abundant.
There are many stories in the Bible that God uses to paint a striking word-picture of His love for His people Israel, and the lives of various characters in scripture are used in different ways, to illustrate God’s message of redemption, and teaches us some important lessons.
He wrote of our wonderful redemption; our heavenly inheritance; the indwelling Holy Spirit; and the peace of God we have received through His sacrificial blood.
He prayed that God would bestow on them a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ Jesus, and He began to explain the mystery of God's will - the redemption of man through the Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom He plans to usher in the fullness of the times and bring everything everything together in Him.
out of Ur of the Chaldees, that Stephen presented his detailed and inspired defence, by going step by step through the entire history of Israel in order to lay before them God's amazing plan of redemption..
He spoke of other patriarchs like Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and David and described historical events like Israel's redemption from Egypt, their wilderness wanderings and their conquests in the promised land.
Step by step, Stephen laid out God's plan of redemption for mankind through Israel.
Stephen was slowly unfolding God's redemption plan in order to bring them to repentance for the terrible travesty that had recently been carried out..
This is not a subject that should be swept under the Church carpet, as so often happens in Christendom today – but is a serious subject that should be faced, and unbelievers should be challenged, so that they may hear the glorious gospel of grace and believe the message of redemption by grace through faith in Christ – and be SAVED.
And as we glimpse forward into chapter 6, we know that the breaking of the first seal will bring the rider of a white horse onto the world scene - as the opening scenario in the great, and dreadful Day of the Lord - redemption's final act.
God’s divine plan of redemption does not yield to man’s imagination; man’s expectation; man’s ordered will or man’s demands.
The redemption of all that Adam lost and Christ’s consummate victory over the power of Satan must precede His messianic rule.
Christ’s Messianic mission dictated that first there must be the sacrificial cross to pay that price for man’s sin. First the redemption cost had to be paid and then a new creation in Christ could be established to govern God’s kingdom on earth – in righteousness.
National restoration; universal redemption and the spiritual healing of both the northern and southern kingdoms are the key elements, while echoes of God's judgement on the wicked precede and follow this message of hope for Israel.
The Lord Jesus was to be the ultimate and final King of kings , Who would sit on David's throne, but this would only happen in God's timing and would be carried out to fulfil God's perfect plan and purposes for the redemption of the whole world.
He had read the words of Isaiah, who proclaimed their Messiah would be led as a lamb to the slaughter, and he watched as Jesus became the sacrificial Lamb of God, on the cross of Calvary - as the redemption price for the sin of the world.
But at His second advent the same, slaughtered Lamb would return as the conquering Lion of the tribe of Judah - but the scars He bore and the death He died qualified Him to open the seven-sealed scroll - for the punishment of the wicked and the redemption of ALL who would believe on His name.
Jesus, is the eternal God and perfect Man, and He is the only Member of the Godhead and only Member of the Human race Who has the strength and wisdom; power and knowledge; authority and intelligence and the sinless perfection to open the redemption Scroll.
The hour those Gentiles came to see Jesus seemed to be the climatic watershed that caused our Lord to Know that the hour had come when He would led as a lamb to the slaughter and given into the hands of wicked men to fulfil fulfill God's perfect plan of redemption.
Peter's protest, which attempted to save Jesus from being handed over to the Gentile nations, and crucified on the cross, to pay the price for the sin of the world, may have been born out of deep love for his Master, but ignorance of God's perfect plan of redemption.
Romans carefully and systematically spells out every aspect of our great salvation - the universal sinfulness of man; our individual need of a Saviour; the terms and conditions of redemption and what it means to be justified, sanctified, resurrected and glorified.
The removal of the Church at the end of this dispensation will identify another marker in God's unfolding plan of redemption For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also, and this is the point, in history, when God will once more start working through Israel as His earthly witnesses - and we will be in Christ's presence forever.
to tell the nations of God's goodness and grace, His long-suffering and mercy – His plan of redemption and offer of salvation to all who would trust in His name.
When Israel failed in their mission the first time, and were exiled to Babylon, and God purposed to use Cyrus, a Persian emperor to move His eternal plan of redemption forward, and to set the Jewish exiles free from their 70-year long captivity in Babylon, so that they could obey His command to tell the world that God is the Lord.
God's plan of redemption did not deny God's righteous character, which dictates that sin is punishable by death, but in His mercy, He designed a way of salvation, where sinful man is cleansed and declared righteous, by the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Spirit of God - through faith in Christ.
And so it was, at this point in God's plan of salvation, that Christ... the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world, could step forward and carry out the final act, which would irrevocably set in motion the full and final redemption of the world.
The theme of Exodus is redemption and the founding of Israel.
However sin must always be punished and when God's plan of redemption is traced from Genesis to Revelation, it is the long-suffering and merciful nature of God that is clearly identified in all His wonderful works... and His goodness and grace towards the rebellious heart of man is clearly seen.
He has chosen to use each of us as Ministers of Reconciliation in His perfect plan of redemption, and His indwelling Spirit provides the power we need, to fulfil the mission and ministry He has for each of His children.
that it was only by God's amazing grace, that he permitted one fallen man to dictate the destiny of all humanity, so that ONE PERFECT MAN - the Man Christ Jesus, could determine the redemption of ALL - for as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
If God had so designed His plan of redemption that Adam paid the price for his own sin, alone... and we paid the debt for all our sin - NO-ONE could ever be saved.
BUT, because sin entered the word by one man's sin - God could offer His gracious plan of redemption to ALL..
Whatever the reason for the division, every 'book' tells the ongoing story of redemption and each section ends with a beautiful doxology of thanksgiving and praise to God.
and serve as reminders to nurture humility of heart, as the graciousness of God is beautifully reveled through His promise of redemption - causing His people to offer praise and thanksgiving for the mighty miracles He has performed towards them.
Yet restoration was promised to the nation, when they turn from their wicked ways, while gracious redemption is pictured through the life-story of Hosea's adulterous wife, when she was brought back into fellowship with her long-suffering husband - which will happen for Israel, at the close of the 7-year tribulation.
This attention to detail also provides us with the political climate of the day, the subjugation under which the Son of God, came into the world, the subjects who would play a part in the unfolding story of redemption; the regions that were under their control, and their interactions with the Redeemer and His unfolding plan of redemption.
When unbelievable decisions are made by leaders and governments that impact the lives of God's people, the Lord takes the schemes of men and blends them with the lives of His people, and uses them to forward His plan of redemption, which He purposed before the world began.
As the world charges forward into an increasingly uncertain future, let us recall the wonderful way God moved the heart of famous men and insignificant people to fulfil His perfect plans and purposes for the redemption of the world and trust Him today, and thank Him for His never-failing goodness and grace.
God's wonderful plan of redemption and His amazing mercy and grace, beautifully unfolds within the pages of Scripture and streams through God's word like a golden thread of hope - a scarlet stream of life-giving blood.
It was as this final Passover approached, that we find Jesus washing His disciples’ feet in the upper room, breaking bread, which represented His body, and sharing the cup of redemption, which symbolised His blood – shed for the sin of the whole world.
Hebrews is a wonderful instrument, used by God, to open men's understanding to God's perfect plan of redemption, which He purposed in His heart before the foundation of the world.
By His goodness and grace God purposed to use the Church as the instrument to secure better promises for Israel (heavenly, as well as earthly promises) - just as He used Israel as His instrument to bring the glorious gospel of redemption through their Jewish Messiah to the Gentiles.
The damning truth of man's sinful nature, was the foundation upon which the rest of Romans was laid - and from this point on, Paul lays out the most comprehensive treatise of God's amazing plan of redemption - through Jesus Christ our Lord.
YES, despite his prophecies of doom and destruction, Zephaniah concludes his inspired writings with a promise of the restoration of Gentile nations; the reinstatement of Israel as His chosen inheritance; the redemption of His people Israel and the return of their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as God of gods; King of kings and Lord of the eternal ruler of heaven and earth.
However, the work in which the Lord is engaged today is the work of redemption.
Indeed, Jesus reminded us My Father is still working, and I am working as well. And we praise God that His work of redemption was finished at Calvary, when Jesus cried out with a loud voice – Telestai!
Christ finished His work of redemption at Calvary and a day is coming when everything that man lost at the fall will be fully redeemed and finally handed back to God, when God’s enemies have been subdued and Christ is all in all.
God moves in mysterious ways to perform His mighty deeds and fulfil His plans and purposes for the redemption of mankind, and this is clearly seen in the life of Jesus.
Every stumbling-block that seemed to hinder the out-working of God's perfect plan became a spring-board which He used to establish His will for the redemption of mankind and the glory of His holy name.
Every unfortunate happening was used by God to fulfil His greater plan and purpose for the redemption of mankind and to fulfil the prophetic Scriptures.
As we read through the familiar Nativity story that is celebrated year after year and as we sing the lovely carols and choruses that tell of His birth, may we never cease to be filled with awe and wonder at God's amazing precision and perfect timing, as He worked in the geopolitical climate, the socio-economic landscape and the lives of countless individuals and groups, to forward His plan of redemption for the greater glory of His name.
By skilfully laying down the origin of Israel and their role in God's plan of redemption, Paul is emphasising the importance of God's sovereign choice, by selecting Isaac as the child of promise rather than Ishmael and His choice of Jacob over his brother Esau.
God communicated His Own eternal plans and loving purposes to all humanity throughout the pages of Holy Scripture, at the centre of which is His amazing plan of salvation, whereby the sinless sacrificial Lamb of God would pay the full redemption price for all who would believe on His name.
But the amazing gospel of grace was entrusted to Paul, the apostle to the gentiles, who joyfully finishes this sentence of humanity’s condemnation with a wonderful proclamation of God’s eternal plan of salvation – that the guilty man is, justified freely by God’s grace, which is based on the redemption price that was paid at Calvary: the shed blood of the sinless Son of God, Jesus Christ our God and Lord.
The 'hour had come' for the Son of Man to be glorified... and His sacrifice on the cross would honour the Father and bring His amazing plan of redemption to that climatic and pivotal point in history, when death would be swallowed up in victory.
They were the ones that God would use to spread the good news of the glorious gospel of redemption to a lost and dying world - a world that was drowning in trespasses; dead in their sin and eternally separated from the almighty God.
But the rest of God's people, who have not trusted Christ for their redemption, must face the great and dreadful day of the Lord, when the full force of God's wrath will be poured out on this Christ-rejecting, sinful world.
John was deeply distressed and his heart was ready to break for he KNEW that the scroll had to be opened, if God's plans and purposes for the restoration of the earth and redemption of man was to be realised.
The scroll contained the answers to universal questions and prophetic utterances, that were given centuries earlier, but unless the seals were broken, the prophecies could never be fulfilled; the curse could never be lifted from the earth; God's plan of redemption for humanity would remain stillborn and the promised Kingdom of God could never be realised.
John and all of us who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ have a promised hope that can never fail, for Jesus, (The Man Who was God and the God Who is Man) broke the power of Satan, sin, death, and hell at the cross, and although its final fulfilment is yet future... we can rejoice greatly knowing that the Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome, and HE IS able to open the book... and one day soon will begin to unseal those seven seals on the scroll in the hand of the Almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ - and in so doing will set the stage for the final scene in God's amazing plan of redemption.
sharing in our mortal, human make-up of flesh and blood, without which the redemption of mankind would have been utterly impossible - without which all humanity would have remained dead in their sins and powerless to overcome death.
Before the cross, Israel were looking forward to their full and final redemption, which would happen through the shed blood of Christ, the Lamb of God - when He would instigate the New Covenant - in His blood.
The giving of the Law to the nation of Israel was one of the most important events in the history of mankind's redemption, and an important step in the chronicles of the covenant nation of Israel - through Whom God's anointed Saviour was to be born.
The giving of the Law to the nation of Israel was one of the most important events in the history of man's redemption, and an important step in the chronicles of the covenant nation of Israel - through Whom God's anointed Son was born.
But God started to unfold His wonderful plan of redemption - and man was covered with the blood of an animal, until the appointed Seed of the woman would finally crush the head of the serpent - on Calvary's cross, to pay the price for your sins and mine.
But it is also a demonstration of God’s goodness and grace to the whole unsaved world, both Jew and Gentile alike – for it is not God’s will that any should perish but that all should come to repentance – by turning from sin and believing in Christ for their redemption.
Before the death of Christ, God was working through the Jewish nation to forward His redemption plan, but following His resurrection and ascension, God set Israel aside for a season, and began a new work through the Church - the Body of Christ.
The history of redemption is rooted in Genesis and is further developed in every additional Old Testament book.
Isaiah also writes of the promised regathering, restoration and ultimate redemption of a remnant of righteous Israel, and despite the shocking proclamation that their King would one day be led as a lamb to the slaughter, Isaiah also trumpeted a message of hope for the righteous remnant, who trusted God’s word and lived their life by faith.
They came to understand that the Messiah had to suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day, if the plan of salvation, which God Himself ordained in eternity past was to accomplish its great work of man's reconciliation to God, the redemption of human-kind, the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting, for all who would believe on His name.
The indestructible life of Christ Jesus, was greater than king David, for He was raised from the dead by the almighty power of God and was the perfect Sacrifice for their sin – and by faith in Him, redemption would be theirs.
As we journey through the Word of God, may our hearts and minds be open to all the Lord has to teach us, so that we are guided into all truth about the Lord Jesus, which are hidden therein... knowing that God's plan of redemption is a most precious scarlet thread that weaves its way through each book and every character.
Jeremiah prophesied of their future redemption and the coming kingdom of peace and prosperity, which would be placed under the authoritative sceptre of their promised Messiah.
Although there was a partial fulfilment of Israel's release from their captivity in Assyria and Egypt, the full and final fulfilment of this passage, where the kingdoms of Israel and Judah will unite to serve the Lord their God, and David their king, will take place after Israel, as a nation, cries out to the Lord for redemption - during the coming time of Jacob's Trouble.
Today, Israel has been set aside and God is working His work of redemption through the Body of Christ, which is the Church.
Had the story ended here it would have been a disappointing end to three wonderful years... but this is not the finale, but a vital step in the unfolding story of redemption - for following the cross was the resurrection, when death was swallowed up in victory; and following his denial was Peter's restoration and commission to feed Christ's sheep and care for His lambs.
The ongoing story of redemption continues today and as we read through the Scriptures we are reminded of our own human frailty; the need to trust in the Lord with all our heart and of His sufficient grace in time of need.
Paul can legitimately call the Lord Jesus Christ, “the Saviour of all men.' Christ's death on the cross paid the redemption price for the sin of the whole of humanity - so that whosoever believes on Him will not perish but have everlasting life.
The book of Acts in general is a history book with minimal doctrinal content, because the full revelation of God to man, through His written word, had not yet been fully penned and finalised by God’s appointed prophets and Christ’s chosen apostles – nevertheless it is a book that opens our understanding to God’s glorious plan of redemption and His wonderful purpose of the ages.
Shocking thought this miscarriage of justice was - when the children of men slaughtered their Creator – they actually performed a major part of God’s determined plan of redemption – so that whosever believed on the Lord Jesus Christ would not perish but have everlasting life.
Both are a picture of our great redemption in Christ through the forgiveness of sin and our life everlasting... and we are further reminded that we are covered in Christ's own righteousness and have found rest from our labour in Him.
Redemption is not only the forgiveness of sins committed in our bodies.
Redemption is becoming fully and increasingly identified with the very nature and mind of the Lord Jesus Himself.
Redemption is becoming so fully identified with Christ Jesus our Lord, that we can say with Paul... that the life that I now live in this mortal body is not me... (my old former self, my old-man, my Adamic sin-nature), it is not me that lives and influences my life choices and thoughts, but the indwelling Spirit of Christ, Who has sway and influence on my newly 'born-again' human spirit.
In spite of His own gracious words, His miraculous works and His supernatural testimony, the Son of God was falsely accused of blasphemy, unjustly condemned to die and cruelly crucified on a Roman cross - that the will of God, for the redemption of mankind, might be fulfilled - so that God's holy wrath against the sin of mankind might be poured out on Christ in our stead, and God would be fully satisfied.
Why did they miss the supernatural birth of John the Baptist and his call for the nation to repent, for the kingdom of God was near. Isaiah had foretold that he was sent to prepare the way of the Lord. John's father was Zachariah, the priest, who had been struck dumb in the Temple of the Lord, while carrying out his priestly duties. He remained unable to speak during his wife's pregnancy, yet prophesised of the soon arrival of the Messiah, at his son's own miraculous birth - Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, Zechariah proclaimed for God has visited us and has accomplished redemption for His people, Israel. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the royal house of David His servant. Zechariah rejoiced that Old Testament prophecy was being fulfilled and prophesised of things to come.
When teaching Jews, his message of redemption would begin with the Patriarchs, as he guided them through the Old Testament prophecies and psalms that pointed to Christ.
When instructing Gentiles of the gospel, he would often begin by pointing to the God of Creation, the sinfulness of man, the need for forgiveness and God's plan of redemption through the death, burial and resurrection of His only begotten Son.
What a glorious future hope - that we will be forever with the Lord in the company of all the saints of old - who by grace through faith have trusted Christ for the remission of sin and the redemption of their spirit, soul and body.
God made His redemption plan in the eternal council chambers of heaven, and set it in motion the moment that Adam sinned.
God's plan of redemption was not fully known until He sent JESUS, His only begotten Son into the world - that we might live through Him, and be declared righteous, by God's grace - through faith - faith in His redemptive blood.
For 4000 years, God's plan of redemption slowly unfolded, until the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us.
Trusting in the power of God and His faithfulness towards His people, together with a dedicated prayer life, is often the process God uses in forwarding His own plans and purposes for the redemption of His people.
God is still in the business of using his faithful servants to forward His perfect plan of redemption.
Only THEN could the nation of Israel fulfil their ministry of being a light to lighten the Gentiles – but they refused, and God set Israel aside for a season, while He continued His work of redemption through the Church.
God knew He would have to continue His work of redemption through the Gentiles from every nation - because of Israel's rejection.
We have been bought with a price and received the life of Christ but too often we allow the old sin nature to surface in our lives and Paul warns that allowing sin to take control in our hearts, rather than the new life in Christ causes the indwelling Spirit (Who has sealed us unto the day of redemption) to be grieved and distressed.
Let us submit in all things to the Spirit knowing that we are sealed by Him, unto the day of redemption.
This is one of many stories or happenings in the Old Testament that God uses to point us to Christ, which gives us greater understanding of His plan of redemption and encourages us to live by faith and not by sight.
May we remember the beautiful picture of Abraham's offering of his only begotten son and give thanks to God that He was ready and willing to sacrifice His only begotten Son on the cross, for our redemption.
The redemption of humanity is foremost in His will, but He has laid out clear principles and practices for Christian living, in Scripture - practices and principles that we would do well to read, know, learn and apply thoroughly.
are eagerly waiting for our adoption as sons - the redemption of our body.' Indeed, as Paul writes in Romans 8: For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
And not only this, but we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons - the redemption of our body.
and the wages of sin is death. He further testifies that there is only one road to redemption.
He warns that there is only one way by which man may be saved, and that is by faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the propitiation for our sins - and through Whom the redemption price for the sin of mankind was paid in full..
or that we did something to warrant our redemption.
His love stretches from eternity past, where the interactive, mutual love of each member of the Trinity united to formulate God's amazing plan of redemption - and it stretches on into the eternal ages to come, for God's love is everlasting and remains forever.
Hebrews is a book that not only opens God's progressive plan of redemption for Christians today, but was originally written to help Jewish Christians, in the early Church, understand that a change in dispensations took place with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Israel's miraculous redemption was immediately followed by Israel's shocking disobedience and is recorded in the Scripture for our learning.
The everlasting story of redemption began to be implemented in the garden with the fall of man.
The wonderful story of redemption is picked up by Peter following the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus - when the promised Holy Spirit was sent from heaven to indwell and empower all who believe.
He rehearsed the story of redemption, reminding them of God's promise to send a Saviour.
And having laid out the everlasting story of redemption, which had just culminated in Israel's rejection of the Holy One of Israel..
God's everlasting story of redemption is still as exciting, potent, powerful and precious today as it was on that first day of Pentecost.
He is the 'down-payment', of our full inheritance in Christ, which is being kept by God in trust for us, unto the day of redemption - that wonderful day when Christ comes in the clouds of glory to take us to be with Himself in heaven.
The whole crux of God's plan of redemption, is that man sinned..
And the whole beautiful, bloody story of man's fall from grace, and his final redemption unfolds for our learning, through the Scriptures.
From Genesis to the Apocalypse, we discover God's perfect plan of Salvation. The final chapter of the story of redemption is written in that book of Revelation, where Jesus Christ, the righteous God-Man, is fully and finally revealed.
The eternal Son of God became the perfect Son of Man, Who alone could justifiably proclaim, before Abraham was - I AM. He could therefore legitimately proclaim, I AM the Root of David and I AM the Stem of David. Book by book, chapter by chapter and verse by verse, God's perfect plan of redemption and His eternal purposes for mankind continued to unfold, until Jesus came in the likeness of human flesh.
Not only does it provide a peep into Israel's past history and the interesting way provision was made for widows, orphans, and other impoverished people, but it provides a beautiful picture of God's plan of redemption, where Naomi is identified as a type of Israel; Ruth is typified as the Gentile bride of Christ, while Boaz, the man she weds, is portrayed as a type of Christ - her Kinsman-Redeemer and beloved bridegroom.
He knew that as the story of Ruth and Boaz unfolded, He would use this very scenario to bless the two women who placed their hope in Him, and to forward His plan of redemption for the whole of humanity... and so Ruth gleaned in the fields belonging to Boaz - Naomi's wealthy relative!
God works all things together for good to those that trust Him, and He had planned to use them to carry forward His perfect plan of Redemption.
As we look down the periscope of life to the birth of the Lord Jesus, we are reminded in Luke's gospel, that the love-story, that blossomed between Ruth and Boaz - which is recorded in the final chapters of the book, was beautifully orchestrated by the Lord in the progressive unfolding of His wonderful plan of redemption, for we read that the Lord Jesus was........ the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz....
you see the ONE and only Work that was carried out for the redemption of fallen mankind and you see the ONE and only gospel of the grace of God - the message of the Cross, which is foolishness to those that are perishing but to us who have been saved (i.e.
Thank GOD that our salvation and heavenly privileges, as well as Israel's restoration, redemption, reunification, and earthly kingdom, stands fast on the word of God and not on our actions or attitudes.
He used historical evidence, logical arguments, theological grounds and practical reasoning to show that the resurrection of the dead was a major part of God's amazing plan of salvation, for the redemption of mankind.
It was Jesus whom Malachi called the Sun of righteousness Who will come with healing in his wings, and Zachariah rejoiced that the Messiah had come to visit His people, and prophesied of their coming redemption and deliverance from their enemies.
It was sin that separated man from God, but even before the foundation of the world, God in His omniscience knew that mankind was going to rebel against Him - but He is full of tender-love towards His creation and in His mercy and grace... (and at the enormous cost of the life of His only Begotten Son), God set in motion His amazing plan of redemption, to save mankind from eternal separation from Himself.
And in his summation before addressing the past role, present situation and future position of Israel in God's perfect plan of redemption, Paul closes this section of his epistle to the Roman with the most blessed assurance of our eternal security in Christ.
Roman is the the most thorough, scientific statement of the divine plan of redemption and the only place where a complete, systematic teaching of all the fundamentals of the Christian faith can be found.
The Rider of the white horse is the same risen, ascended and glorified Son of Man Who was standing amidst the seven candlesticks at the start of his prophetic, end-time vision, when John was told to write the things that were, the things that are and the things that shall be hereafter. God's plan of redemption which He purposed before the foundation of the earth was coming to its ultimate climax when Man - through Christ, would win back dominion of the earth in righteousness - for with His blood He has set us free from the power of sin and death and hell.
She was ready and willing to commit the desires of her heart to the Lord... and God not only fulfilled the desire of her heart, but used the son she would bear to play an important role in the history of her people, and in God's own plan of redemption for all whose hope is in Him.
The finished work of Christ does not only refer to our initial salvation, when we first believed, and ongoing sanctification; throughout our earthly life, – but Christ’s work at Calvary incorporates our final glorification; the redemption of our bodies, when Christ returns to claim the church as His bride – the time when we are officially adopted as sons of God – it is a complete package, because we are complete in Him!
Let us undertake to read, mark, learn, inwardly digest its truth and tell others the the message of reconciliation and redemption - although sadly the are likely to be those who do not obey the message through pride, unbelief and rebellion.
As a Hebrew of the Hebrews and a highly educated Pharisee, who held the most advantageous Jewish pedigree, Paul took pains to emphasize that although the Jewish nation was God's chosen people, they do not hold a monopoly on God's justification and redemption..
for justification and redemption is by grace through faith in Christ - to Jew and Gentile alike.
How important when reading any section of Scriptures that we read it literally; grammatically, dispensationally and in its correct historical context, if we are to grow in grace; come to a deeper understanding of God's glorious plan of redemption... and discover the role of Israel and the function of the Church.
If we trusted Christ for our redemption by faith and received the life of Christ as a free gift of grace, should not we also choose to live our life in spirit and truth - should not we who have received ALL from Christ Jesus, so walk in Him?
Our salvation was given to us freely by God's grace and yet the high cost of our redemption is incalculable.
Living a holy life should not be a considered a burden or a strain but should be motivated by a reverential fear and unquenchable awe of God - combined with a heart of unending gratitude for the incredible price that God was prepared to pay for the price of our redemption.
But from the foundation of the world God had set in motion His plans and purposes for the redemption of mankind, by sending His dearly beloved Son to be the propitiation for the sin of the whole world.
But from the beginning, God knew the wrong choices Adam and his race would make and in His goodness and grace had foreordained a wonderful plan of redemption, which would come through the unique and perfect Seed of the woman..
His plan was the redemption of mankind, and He would achieve it by paying the price for the sin of the whole world Himself - and He would do this by means of His own death - for the wages of sin is death!
Timothy had been taught the scriptures from childhood and so he was ready and willing to be taught the rest of God's Story of Redemption through the apostle Paul, who had been given many mysteries from God..
It means that the singular message of redemption is similarly being watered down..
Although the reach of redemption was to encompass the whole earth, for the grace of God is without measure and beyond our understanding, it was the little nation of Israel through whom the Seed was to be secretly transported, so that He could fulfil God's promise and prophecies to unite the divided kingdoms of Judah and Israel into one glorious kingdom and to save that little nation from their sins.
In former times, an annual atonement was made for the sin of the nation, where the blood of animals covered their sin for a single year, and yet through the sacrifice of His life, Christ Jesus obtained eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting for all who would believe in Him.
But God in His grace formulated a perfect plan of redemption for all mankind, by sending His only begotten Son to become a Man, so that His perfect life and sacrificial death would satisfy God's righteous anger against all sin - including my sin and including yours.
and in Him our redemption price was paid in full at Calvary.
In His grace, He set in motion His plan of redemption when the man He made in His own image and likeness sinned.
It also introduces God's amazing plan of redemption, which begins to be unfolded, from the time when Adam and his wife disobeyed the word of the Lord and hid from Him - for they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
However, the amazing plan of redemption was set in motion the moment they sinned against their Lord... when they put 'self' on the throne of their lives.
God set in motion the plan of redemption, which He had purposed in the eternal council chambers of God from before the foundation of the world.
and so God caused holy men of God to record His plan of redemption in the holy scriptures.
They kept the exciting news of redemption to themselves and refused to be a light to the gentile nations.
The multiplied false god's of the Gentiles nation, were introduced by Satan to deceive them from finding the truth, while the Jews jealously guarded the good news of redemption and disobeyed God's command to tell forth the glory of His name.
Our past redemption, our present sanctification and our future glorification is ours through Christ Who loved us and gave Himself for us - and we live this life by grace, through faith in the work of the Lord Jesus, on the cross...
In a few simple words, Paul compacts the wonderful news that was purposed in the eternal council chambers of heaven before the world was made - a plan that was put into operation when our first parents sinned against God – a testimony of God’s amazing grace and a never-ending story of redemption, where God Himself is reconciling the world back to Himself, through the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus.
the unchanging, all-powerful, eternal, omniscient God of heaven and earth, Who was and Who is and Who is to come, chose to complete His communication concerning His glorious plan of redemption for His people, in this final book of the Bible.
God's plan of redemption for fallen sinners was the promised 'hope', which would come through the sacrificial death and glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And Paul could hardly conceal his praise and thanksgiving that in God's own time and God's own way, the Son of God was revealed; the message of redemption was proclaimed - and Paul was entrusted to preach the precious gospel of grace, as commanded by Christ - our God our Saviour.
Israel had been selected out of the sea of nations to be God's chosen people, and this initial statement preceded the long list of requirements that were to be given to Israel by God, following their redemption from slavery.
God used Hosea's grievous relationship with his wife and the names of their three children to convey an important message to Israel, about their fractured relationship with God, which would result in their punishment and judgement, but would one day end with their restoration and redemption.
Though the context of this verse is Israel's Babylonian captivity and their eventual restoration and redemption, this precious verse states an eternal principle and timeless promise - that the Lord is ever near to all who seek Him, and those that search for Him aright, are certain of finding Him.
And yet for a time He was made a little lower than the angels, in order to obey His Father, carry out the will of God and complete His perfect plan of redemption, which necessitated Christ's suffering and death as our kinsman-Redeemer.
Every member of the Body of Christ has a part to play in God's progressive plan of redemption, and He Who started the good work in our lives at salvation is faithful to complete it, until the day of Christ Jesus.
but He is also a God of righteousness and justice, where sin must be punished, and His wrath must be poured out on a world, that deliberately disobeys His voice, rejects His offer of redemption and refuses His free-gift of Salvation - through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son.
And since the birth of the Church we too have groaned with creation for the redemption of our bodies, for Christ Himself promised, I go to prepare a place for you, but I will return and take you to be with Myself, in My Father’s house.
Israel as a nation was adopted God’s son in its infancy – but Israel lived in unbelief and is awaiting a future redemption, when the nation will cry, blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord.
Each is already redeemed, and redemption touches every aspect of our lives – body, soul and spirit.
And we are redeemed in body – for though this is a future hope to be finalised at the rapture of the saints, the redemption of our bodies is a secure reality, which is founded upon God’s sure Word.
Salvation is often an umbrella term, and covers justification; forgiveness; sanctification; glorification; redemption; reconciliation and propitiation.
Forgiveness; redemption and the impartation of God's righteousness on a guilty sinner rests on faith alone, and Paul points out the inability of the Mosaic Law or any legalist practice to restore a guilty sinner into fellowship with the Father.
He recognised that God's plan of redemption had to come through the nation..
Both the man and woman were equally guilty and both stood in need of redemption, but as the federal head of humanity it was Adam who shouldered the ultimate responsibility - for by one man... sin entered into the world, and death by sin - for the wages of sin is death, and so death passed upon all his descendants, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
For as in Adam all die However, in His unfathomable grace He designed a plan of redemption before the foundation of the world, that - in Christ all will be made alive.
Paul knew the horror of the domain of darkness from which we all have been redeemed and like these dear believers in Colossae, we too have been saved from the wrath to come and brought into the kingdom of God's dear Son - in Whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Praise God for Jesus Christ, our kinsman.Redeemer, in Whom we have redemption - the forgiveness of sins.
Although the reach of redemption was to encompass the whole earth, for the grace of God is without measure and beyond our understanding, it was the little nation of Israel through whom the Seed was to be secretly transported so that He could fulfil God’s promises and prophecies to unite the divided kingdom of Judah and Israel, into one glorious kingdom, and to save that little nation from their sins.
But the scarlet thread of redemption started to stream throughout earth’s history, because fallen man found grace in the heart of God for the redeeming blood His Son was pre-ordained to be poured out from Emmanuel’s veins in bringing many sons to glory – and we are those sons of the Father, for we have become a new creation in Christ.
But the Church is not the only recipient of God’s gift of redemption, nor are we the only part of God’s creation that was affected by sin, for the whole of God’s creation has been groaning together with labor pains under the weight of sin’s curse.
While His plan of redemption never altered, God began dealings with man through the principles and practices given to the Church - through Christ's holy apostles and prophets, rather than the Law given through Moses.