Redeemed


The word Redeemed carries many connotations, but the most commonly accepted one is to recover or buy back by payment. The notion of being Redeemed is not uncommon among us. In more recent history, slaves in America were often redeemed by benefactors paying owners for their freedom. The most renowned Redeemed slave is Frederick Douglas. After he ran away, supporters of slavery mounted a series of attempts to kidnap him, so his friends finally purchased his freedom. In biblical history, the people of Israel also knew about being Redeemed. In Deuteronomy 24:18, God says, “Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you from there…”

In a spiritual sense, all people are slaves. One is either a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness.  the Word of God says in Romans 6:16-1816 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”

In regards to freedom from slavery to sin, Jesus is the benefactor. He is the one who paid the price for man to be Redeemed. 1 Peter 1:18-19 says,
“18 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, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
There is no way for any person to escape the control of sin without Christ freeing them. “18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness.” Romans 6:19
Titus 2:11-14  says, “11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Christ has given his all, so that man can be Redeemed, but you must accept the terms of His purchase in order for you to be free from sin. As the Word says, you are either a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness. What you value determines which one you will be a servant. Sin leads to death, but righteousness leads to life. Do you want to live or die? The obvious choice is to live; however, look at how you are living. Are you living unto God or unto yourself. If the vast majority of your choices are about you without contention from the way of God, you are a slave to sin. Jesus offers all freedom from sin. Surrender to Jesus and be Redeemed.
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