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How Redemption Reconciles

John 8:32-36

We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30. You can also download our service at Baptist-Christian at iTtunes. Like many doctrines of Scripture reconciliation is bigger than just what we are studying now. Like a banquet, this is only one “dish” in the meal. When we allow God to show us through personal experience that He is working in our lives, it affects our hearts so we want to learn more of God, Who He is, and how He works in and through us as His children. The more we learn the more we are compelled to share our great salvation with those around us who are lost and dead in sin. Let’s consider

I. THE EXPLANATION OF REDEMPTION. Redemption focuses on the lost or unsaved. It teaches that sin is slavery, and the sinner is the slave. There are four word groups that speak of redemption. 1= ransom which means the price to buy a slave at the slave market – as in Matt. 20:28; Mark 10:45. 2= to buy for oneself by a price, as in Rev. 5:9. 3= to buy from a slave market never to return again to the market as a slave as in Gal. 3:13. 4= the full deliverance of the soul from sin, and the body from the grave, as in Rom. 3:24; 8:31. Here’s the application: as Paul teaches through Rom. 5:8 Christ paid the ransom price for us, and He did it with the intention we should never return as slaves to sin again. Our redemption means that we are now able and free to choose to live as God wants us to live.

II. THE ILLUSTRATION OF REDEMPTION. There are three major pictures of redemption presented in the OT. 1= Israel coming out of Egypt as slaves and being formed into a nation (Ex. 6:6). One animal can be used as a sacrifice for another (Ex. 13:13). 3= a lost estate can be purchased by a kinsman redeemer (Lev 25:25). Our salvation becomes even more dynamic as we see how Christ met all the requirements to be our Kinsman Redeemer; He was a close relative when He became one of us as dwelt among us as a man- (John 1:1-12). He was able to pay the price demanded with His sinless blood (Lev. 17:11; 1 Peter 1:18, 19). He was willing, not forced, to redeem us (Heb. 10:1-4). And He was not guilty of sin and didn’t need to redeem Himself (2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15). The truth that He was a close relative and had the ability to pay the price speaks to His humanity; His willingness and His sinlessness speaks to His Deity! Finally note,

III. THE REALIZATION OF REDEMPTION. Our redemption come into reality and is realized in the NT because 1= the human race needed to be redeemed (Rom 3:23; 8:1). 2=Redemption demanded bloodshed on a voluntary basis, allowing a substitute to die in the sinner’s place. Christ volunteered to die in your place while you were still His enemy! 3. Once the price of redemption is paid the slave does not have to return to the slave market as a slave. The Redeemer maintains the slaves freedom (The whole book of Galatians)! 4= The nature of our redemption is such that we aren’t even slaves of Christ, unless we choose to be bondslaves! When God changed (reconciled) us from being His enemies to being His adopted children, He did it through the redeeming work of Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection! We are completely redeemed, therefore, we are also completely reconciled!

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