Monday, August 4, 2014

Freedom by the Payment of a Price

The title for this article is what is meant by Old Testament and New Testament words for sin. There are three related and progressive ideas in the New Testament words translated “redeem,” “redemption” and “bought.” Let me explain these words from their usage in Scripture.

Purchase or “bought” is even used of those who refuse what Christ has done for them on the cross. The apostle Peter put it this way: “But there are also false prophets among the people even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord Who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction” (2 Peter 2:1).

Security is also a vital part of redemption. Paul, the apostle, made this very clear to the Galatian believers: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us–for it is written, cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” (Galatians 3:13). The word used here is even stronger than the word Peter used in 2 Peter 2:1. “Redeemed” in Galatians 3:13 means the purchased one, the redeemed one, has been removed from the slave market of sin never to be put on sale again.

Freedom is another wonderful benefit and blessing for the redeemed. Again, Peter wrote, “ were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver and gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers” (1 Peter 1:18). In other words, the redeemed is taken from the slave market and is ransomed, released and set free. The child of God no longer needs to be a slave, in bondage to sin and Satan. Redemption has delivered the believer from sin’s fetters and has given him a new Master, Christ Jesus our Lord!