Saturday, April 3, 2021

Resurrection Words Day 2: Redemption


Day 2: Redemption

"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace."  Ephesians 1:7

"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect." 1 Peter 1:18-19

"But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." Romans 3:21-24

We, who by faith follow Christ, have been redeemed. We have been saved from God's wrath through the death of Christ on the cross. He died for our sins and His blood brought our salvation. 

Our redemption means that we have been forgiven our sins (Eph. 1:7), made righteous (Romans 3:22; 5:17), have become a part of God's family (Galatians 4:5), we have peace with God (Colossians 1:18-20), we have the gift of His Holy Spirit (Galatians 3:14), and we have eternal life (Romans 5:21).

Along with the benefits we have in Christ, there comes responsibility as well. Our redemption is also a call to live a new way of life -  a life that is shaped by the cr0ss and the resurrection of Christ.

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls." 1 Peter 2:24-25

As Peter says in the verses above, we have been redeemed so that we might die to sins AND live for righteousness. This is what our words challenge will focus on after we look at the resurrection tomorrow; our call to live the resurrection life.

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