Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Redeemed

If you redeem something, you pay a price and buy it back.  This is exactly what Christ did for us on Calvary.  He paid the ransom for the lost souls that Satan has taken captive by giving up His life on the cross.  He suffered immense agony for the sins of the whole world that was put upon His shoulders.  We suffer when we sin, don't we?  Usually its depression or guilt or could be anger that we stooped to something we knew was wrong.  At any rate, can you imagine suffering for the guilt of the whole human race, from the beginning of time until the end of time.  It can't possibly be under-stood, no amount of wisdom of our own can ever imagine such a thing but it was done for you and I. It's kind of like discarding something and selling it to the pawn shop and we are taken captive by Satan and sold into captivity of sin and Jesus comes along and buys us back to complete restoration in Him.  He took our place and suffered the death that we would eventually have to suffer for our own sins if He had not rescued us from Satan's pawn shop.  He paid an awful price for us, we need to be ever so grateful for His great sacrifice for each one of us.

Romans 5:17  "For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one (satan), much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One Jesus Christ."

Galatians 4:4,5  "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son born of a woman, born under the law to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons."

Colossians 1:21,22  "And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, blameless and above reproach in His sight."

Titus 2:14  "Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works."

Psalm 130:7,8  "O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is abundant redemption.  And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities."

Revelation 5:9,10  "And they sang a new song, saying,' you are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals;t for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth."

Don't these verses give you a lot of hope for our future with Christ in heaven and on the new earth?  There is no reason that anyone should be lost, because Christ has paid for our redemption and He will see that we are saved for eternity if we will surrender our all to Him.  Won't you do that just now?  It is so very important to make sure we are ready when our time comes to pass to the grave that when He calls us we have surrendered our lives to Him and He can call us forth from the earth to eternal life with Him.  That is my hope and I hope it is yours.  Grandma Joan

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