Redemption

"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.

Redemption is that God saves us from sin, or we are being saved from sin. The word of God referred the salvation, or redemption as we are saved from sin itself. But every time we say that we are saved, what we mean is that we will not be punished for the sins that we are committing. But, redemption is that we went astray and are lost from being in the herd of God and God has found us and brought us back to his herd. But, when we say that we are redeemed, what we mean is that God will not sent us to hell, but we never mean to say that we are freed from sinning. So, we say one thing, but we mean another thing. It seems that it is deceptive vocabulary.

Let me quote a verse about the birth of Jesus Christ, and what he will do. "Luke 1:68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, ... 73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, 74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, 75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life." Here, in the Old Testament, God saves his people from their physical enemies, who would have killed them. God redeemed them so that they "might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life." The physical enemies in the Old, is 'Sin' in the New, sin is personified as an enemy. "Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:" Justified means, converted a sinner to be a saint, but it is not merely calling a sinning person as a saint, which is a lie. here also redemption is to convert sinners to just, or righteous people, by grace. "Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:" Christians think that God will forgive our sins as soon as we ask him to forgive us. No, it is not true. When we come to the state that we will not sin anymore by the grace and power of God, then God will forgive our past sins, that we have already committed. Please refer this lesson for details: "God forgives." Here also redemption is to convert us not to sin and forgive the past sins we have committed. "Timothy 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." So, the redemption is from all iniquity and sins, but not to take us to heaven with our sins. If we give ourselves to God, God will redeem us from our sins, for us to do good works.

A few links for more information: "Grace and Truth", "Salvation", "We are Saved". Thank you.

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