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. Super duper blessed in Christ (Part 4) Redemption 1

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SUPER DUPER BLESSED IN CHRIST (PART 4) SEEN IN REDEMPTION


So far we have seen in our study of Ephesians that we are Super Duper blessed in Christ and we see this in our election. Today we are going to see that we are Super Duper blessed in Christ and we will see it from the angle of our redemption through the shed blood of Christ on the cross.

Let’s read together Ephesians 1:7-10 (ESV) 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”

Without words like ‘redeemed’ and ‘redemption’, there would not be such a thing as Christianity. That is why we can talk today about being Super Duper Blessed in Christ as seen in Redemption. For a few sermons I reminded you that we are the body of Christ, but as the body of Christ we are the Redeemed.

Now, we started out in verses 3-14 and we are exposed to a glimpse of the eternal plan of God before time began in which God determined to form the Body of Christ on this earth. He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the earth, and to ultimately accomplish that, He predestined us to son-ship for the sake of His glory and grace before the world began. Or to put it in other words, he redeemed us to son ship in real-time mode.  The past aspect of God’s redemption plan was election, the present aspect of this eternal plan was redemption and the future aspect of the redemption plan is inheritance.

So, the real question is this. How was God going to bring this whole deal of election about? What was going to be His method to bring those elect people into that reality?

The answer is very simple. It is “REDEMPTION”

To Redeem in human or common terms normally means to ‘buy back’ or ‘cash in’ or to ‘convert’. I give you a ‘gift voucher’ and you ‘redeem’ it. It means that the gift voucher is good currency to free that which is bound by somebody else’s ownership. That is exactly what Jesus Christ did. We were in bondage to sin, Satan, hell, darkness and blindness. Christ bought us, and set us free from that and took us to become His own. That is Redemption.

This is a fantastic statement of the significance of redemption, and just what it means. In order for God to bring His elect people into the inheritance that He has in the future for them He, must redeem them. He must buy them. He must purchase them. And so together we look at the concept of redemption.

What is redemption in theological terms?

Here's a theological definition. Redemption is an act of God by which He Himself pays as a ransom the price for human sin which has outraged His holiness.

Basically it is simply this, deliverance by the payment of a price. There are two Greek words used in the New Testament for redemption. The one is ‘exagoratzo’. ‘Agora’, is ‘marketplace, and ‘ex’ is ‘out of’, so it simply means to buy ‘out of the marketplace’.

In Ephesians 1:7 however the word  apolutrosis {ap-ol-oo'-tro-sis} is used which means to release an effected by payment of ransom, liberation procured by the payment of a ransom, or deliverance or redemption.

Now you might look at it this way, in those days in this part of the world there were 6 million slaves in the Roman Empire. Buying and selling slaves was a common thing much like selling animals. But from time to time you may desire to purchase a slave for the desire of setting him free. Let's say someone you thought very highly of, or someone you loved very dearly or someone that you cared about was a slave, you could go to the owner of that slave and buy the slave or redeem the slave and set him free. That is what ‘lutrosis’ means her.

Redemption then is the deliverance by the payment of a price.

Do you realise that spiritually speaking everybody in the world are captives, everybody in the world are slaves to sin. There is no man who by his own nature is free. Let me explain this from Scripture.

  1. John 8:34 (ESV) 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.”
  2. Romans 6:17 (ESV) 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed,”
  3. Romans 7:14 (ESV)14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.”
  4. Romans 8:21 (ESV) 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”

 

So, we were in bondage to sin, and under bondage to corruption. So, in that marketplace of slavery, there you stand, and your present owner is sin. Now, sin demands a price to be paid to set you free, and the only wage that sin will receive for your sins is ‘death’. So to be redeemed there must be death, death is the only remission for your sins. Hebrews 9:22 (ESV) 22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” The price of sin has to be paid for redemption. And this is what Christ did for us on Calvary. Galatians 5:1 (ESV) 1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 1:4 (ESV) “Christ …… 4 who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,”

So, Christian, how can we ever take this for granted? We were guilty, captives to sin, under bondage to evil, caught up in darkness, under the power of Satan, spiritually blind, and Christ set us free. He redeemed us, He paid the price that sin demanded. At this point, that song moves through my mind that says: “Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so, let the Redeemed of the Lord say so, Let the Redeemed of the Lords says so, I’m redeemed, I’m redeemed, praise the Lord.”

Church family, He did it for us. Galatians 3:13 (ESV) 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “ Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” Hebrews 2:14 (ESV) 14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,…”

Let me excite you even more with the whole issue of redemption as far as the Word of God is concerned. In Scripture there are five legal terms used that fit with the Roman world that explains redemption in different ways. I am not going to bore you with the Greek words.

  1. Legal term 1. Acquittal – This is another word for justification. You are acquitted of your crime, even if you do not deserve it.
  2. Legal term 2. To cancel a debt. Even though there is a debt, the debt is cancelled, which means the debtor is no longer responsible for that debt. I other words, you are forgiven.
  3. Legal term 3. Adoption. We are adopted and are now sons of God. We saw this in our previous sermon.
  4. Legal term 4. Reconciliation. This is where a relationship is restored. Paul talks about being reconciled to God.
  5. Legal term 5. Redemption.

 

Now, how do these terms differ?

  1. In acquittal or justification he stands before God accused and guilty but he is declared righteous.
  2. In forgiveness, or the cancelling of the debt, the sinner stands before God as a debtor and receives a cancellation of his debt.
  3. In adoption the sinner stands before God as a stranger but he is made a son.
  4. In reconciliation the sinner stands before God as an enemy but he is made friend.
  5. In redemption the sinner stands before God as a slave and he is receiving his freedom.

All of those terms speak of the wondrous miracle of salvation. All of those things; justification, forgiveness, adoption, reconciliation and redemption are provided because Jesus paid the price. We are accused but He bore our punishment so we can be set free. We are debtors, He paid our debt. We are strangers but He is a Son and we are in Him made sons. We are enemies but He is the friend and we in Him are friends of God. We are slaves but He has bought our freedom, you see.

All of those terms are different facets of the magnificent diamond of the doctrine of salvation. And so redemption is just one way to view the meaning of salvation. He bought us from the slavery of sin.

That’s all introduction so far. So, let’s now turn back to our text, where we will see five aspects of redemption. Today we will look at the two and on Friday morning we will touch on the other three as we remember the death of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Point 1. The redeemer.

Ephesians 1:6 (ESV) 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”

We know it by now, but this morning it is my joy to remind you that our Redeemer or the Beloved One according to verse 6 is none other but our Lord Jesus Christ. Because we are in Christ, because by faith we are made one with Jesus, because we're His body, because we are Christ in the world, we therefore are acceptable to God in Him. And it is in Him that we have redemption. There is only one redeemer, and that’s the Beloved One.

Oh how I wish that I can this morning cause you to fall in love with Christ all over again. Mark 1:11 (ESV): 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” So, God the Father loves Him, and so should you. Matthew 17:5 (ESV) 5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

Now, this is remarkable stuff. Christ is the beloved of the Father. It is by Him and in Him that we are redeemed. We are one with Him. The Beloved is loved by the Father and accepted by the Father, and we are Sons of God, so therefore we are beloved and accepted by God. So, because the Father loves the Son and because we are sons of God in Christ, therefore we are blessed with all the heavenly blessings in Christ Jesus.

I have no clue who said this, I simply traced it in my preparation, but this is so accurate: "Near, so very near to God, nearer I couldn't be, for in the person of His Son I am just as near as He. Dear, so very dear to God, dearer I couldn't be, for in the person of His Son I am just as dear as He."

Now, fasten your seatbelts. Do you realise that Abba Father looks down on every believer in the world and says: "This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased?" Why can He say that? Because in Christ we are the beloveds.

He is the Redeemer and apart from Him there is no other name in all the earth by which we can be redeemed.

Point 2. The redeemed.

Ephesians 1:6-7 (ESV) 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,…”

I hate jumping ahead as we will later deal with it fully, but I have to so that we can understand the redeemed in context. Who are the redeemed? Ephesians 2:1-3 (ESV) 1 And you were dead (dead) in the trespasses and sins  2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world (deviant), following the prince of the power of the air (demonised), the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience (disobedient)3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind (deranged), and were by nature children of wrath (damned), like the rest of mankind.”

My friend before you think that you deserved redemption in any way, look at Ephesians 4:17-18 (ESV) 17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. That was us.

That's us, Logos.  By nature we are the lewd, the greedy, the blind, the ignorant, the alienated, the darkened, the vain, strangers, following Satan, no hope, without God and so we can go on and on. Just think if you are looking for a relationship and you visit one of these websites where you can find the love of your life. I guess you don’t want to be around a person like that. And yet we read in Titus 2:14 (ESV) that Christ: “gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” He chose us and called us His beloved. Jesus paid for you and for me to bring us out of that lifestyle into the glory of God.

Should God not rather have accepted somebody who is good, without sin, compassionate, perfect, never having given in to temptation etc.?  Guess what, there is nobody like that in the world. Romans 3:23 (ESV) 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,…”

The term redemption by the way, would not work for a person like that. The angels have never been redeemed. If there was a person like that it would not be salvation, it would not be redemption but it would be reward. But for all of us, it is salvation or redemption by grace.

So, to end today. We are the chosen of God. We who have responded by faith to that elective purpose of God in the time before the world began, we are the ones accepted in the Father's love. We are the ones who because we are in Christ are said to be the beloved sons of God in in Christ in whom He is well pleased.

If that doesn't give you a sense of self-worth, nothing ever will. “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, let the redeemed of the Lord say so, let the redeemed of the Lord say so, I’m redeemed, I’m redeemed, praise the Lord.”

Amen!

Soli Deo Gloria

Logos Community Church: - 20 March 2016