“redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” – Romans 3:24
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” – Romans 3:23-24
Where did they get this idea? Jesus explained it.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45
Redemption – to release, set free (from slavery) by substitution, deliverance from some evil by payment of a price
“In him we have redemption,” – Ephesians 1:7
“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” – Ephesians 1:7
“Christ redeemed us from the curse,” – Galatians 3:13
“But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing.” – Galatians 3:13
“bought with a price” – 1 Corinthians 6:20
“You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“redeems them from the transgressions committed.” – Hebrews 9:15
“Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.” – Hebrews 9:14-15
What do we learn? God as our Redeemer offers: Freedom from the compulsion to repeat the mistakes. More importantly, freedom from the penalty for and guilt of these mistakes. There’s purpose in our freedom. This includes our worship of God and receiving eternal life.
What should we do?
“I will redeem you with a powerful arm,” – Exodus 6:6 God promising to deliver his people from slavery in Egypt.
“By your strong arm, you redeemed your people,” – Psalm 77:15 singing about this same story.