Ephesians 1:7 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace
Hebrews 9:14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
Colossians 1:13-14 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
past tense: redeemed; past participle: redeemed
1. compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something).
synonyms: save, compensate for the defects of, vindicate compensating, compensatory, extenuating, redemptive; do something that compensates for poor past performance or behavior. vindicate, free from blame, absolve (of a person) atone or make amends for (error or evil). atone for, make amends for, make restitution for save (someone) from sin, error, or evil. save, deliver from sin, convert
2. gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment.
synonyms: retrieve, regain, recover, get back, reclaim, repossess; buy back
To surrender to Christ, to believe with faith that Jesus Christ died and rose for the sins of all who confess and repent, is to have already been redeemed.
Whether I “feel” like it or not, I am forgiven and set free.
The redemptive power of Christ, the atonement for our sins is a price paid in blood, a price that Jesus paid on the cross. This is not something we earn, need to strive for, can obtain through any other means than by His complete and perfect sacrifice.
That is His promise to us, His forgiveness of our sins because of what He did. A life poured out so that we may live whole and free in Him. Thank you Jesus!!!
This has been a very elusive concept for me to grasp deep in my heart in that since coming to Christ I realize more each day how short I fall in my walk and Satan is all too quick to attempt to use that against me. As more of myself is revealed to me about the truths of my behaviors of selfishness and self-preservation (and the longer my amends list grows) the more I come to understand grace and redemption are the free gift of God.
It is His blood that directly washes away the shame of the past, the emptiness of broken relationships, eliminates the resentments over yesterday. If we will wake each day with the awareness that yesterday is gone and today has amazing potential with God at the helm and our eternity is secure we will have no choice but to experience joy, because true joy is only found at the foot of the cross. It is Him that we put our hope, trust, purpose and path upon.
God’s promise of Justification through the sacrificial work of His only begotten Son is complete. His work is done. And we are free.
Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.
Whether we are a new Christian coming to recognize the incredible power in the blood of Jesus for the first time, or a seasoned cross-bearer who has grown weary, the deeper we experience restorative healing for the past, present and future sins that so deeply carve away at the image God created us in, the more profoundly complete our lives can become in the present.
As a new creation in Christ we are not called to walk around with our head down broken in shame and sorrow, God tells us to life our head high and walk tall in Him.
Romans 5:9-11 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Father God I thank you this morning for Your Word that sets my soul free, that tells me that I am chosen, loved and redeemed by Your work on the cross, by the blood that You spilled out for all mankind. The bonds of my addictions, the self-imposed prison of resentments, the fear of future events, the disappointments of today’s shortfalls are all lies from Satan meant to steal away the incredible peace and joy that You have ordained for all who call on You as our Lord and Savior. You are my King and I am your humble and grateful servant. Help me hear only Your voice Lord who promises me that I am redeemed because of what you did, not sentenced to suffer because of what I have done. Let this day be one of rejoicing in Your atonement and fill our eyes, hearts and minds with the things that please, honor and glorify You alone Lord. It is in Your precious name I pray…