Ransom - Means

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

Our point is to find how Jesus Christ become 'Ransom'. The common meaning is that ransom is paid for consideration or demanded for the release of someone or something from captivity. Here, the life of Jesus Christ, or the blood of him, was paid as ransom to redeem people from their captivity. Matthew 20:28 and Mark 10:45 say, "to give his life a ransom for many." Here, the ransom is made for many people, but not for all people of the world. When the letter is to believers it applies to all. 1 Timothy 2:6 says, "Who gave himself a ransom for all," Now, the ransom is for some Jews and to the believers. So, it is clear, who the ransom is for. Let us see what the ransom is for. We will find that the ransom is given to redeem the Jews from the ordinances of the law, and to redeem all believers from captivity from "Sin" itself.

"Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us:" Jesus Christ has redeemed the believing Jews from the curse of the law, and it is understood that Gentiles were never under the laws of the Jews. Galatians 3:10 says, "as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse:" So, the works of the law are curse. What is the work of the law? They are the ordinances that are ceremonies, rituals, traditions, food laws, feasts of the Jews, Sabbath law, circumcision, washings hands and pots, etc. (Refer: Ephesians 2:15, Colossians 2:14), verse 16 says, "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days, etc:" Verse 14 says, "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;" So, his death is the ransom for the redemption from the ordinances of the Law. In short, we may say from various scriptures that one of the reasons for the ransom is to redeem Israel from the law of the Old. Gentiles are not under the laws of the Jews anyway. So, the Old laws can be moved out of the picture for eternal life.

The next point is, "Titus 2 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." Here we see that Jesus Christ gave himself as a ransom to redeem people from all their sins and iniquities for them to be pure unto himself. Notice the next phrase, it is for the people to be zealous of good works. So, the ransom of Jesus Christ to free Israel from the laws and redeem believers from their iniquities so that they may be zealous of good works. Good works will lead them to eternal life. "Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life." But the ransom will not bypass the good works for eternal life.

You may check these reference lesson and video: "Eternal Life lesson", "Curse of the law video".

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