TRUTH: Redemption Is In Christ Alone


Whether in sports, in movies, in books or in life, everyone loves a redemption story. Perhaps, we are reminded of our fallibleness as well as our need to recover from the error of our ways. Who decides who or how does one obtains redemption?

Back in 2000, 23-year-old Cornealious Anderson III, nicknamed Mike, was arrested for robbing a Burger King at gunpoint. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison, released on bail, and told to await orders on when to show up to serve his time.

The orders never came. Due to a clerical error, Anderson never went to prison.

But instead of using his freedom to commit more crimes, Anderson started his own construction business, became a youth football coach, and volunteered at his local church. He also got married, had three children, and became a well-liked member of his community.

Thirteen years later, the state discovered their error and put Anderson behind bars for nearly one year. As the case received international coverage, an online petition for his release gained more than 35,000 signatures.

After a court hearing that lasted a mere 10 minutes, the judge conceded that Anderson was a changed man and granted him credit for the years he should have been in prison. A teary-eyed Anderson walked out of the courthouse with his wife and daughter, telling reporters that he was grateful to God. (@)

In Cornealious Anderson III case, who and how was redemption decided? Was it Cornealious’ positive social actions for thirteen years? Was it the judge and the jury who decided? Cornealious told us who and how. He credited his redemption to God.

Likewise in a spiritual sense regarding our sinfulness, the TRUTH: Redemption Is In Christ Alone. That fact is woven throughout the scriptures. We are directly told in Ephesians 1:7

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace

In the context of the verses, him is understood to be Jesus Christ. Go back and read the proceeding verses to verify my assertion.  Furthermore, consider the following verses that substantiate the TRUTH: Redemption Is In Christ Alone. 

Psalms 111:9
He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever— holy and awesome is his name.

Psalms 130:7

Israel, put your hope in the Lordfor with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.

1 Corinthians 1:30
30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness,holiness and redemption

Romans 3:23-24
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 4:30
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Colossians 1:13-14
13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Hebrews 9:11-15
11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! 15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

Again, I ask who decides who or how does one obtain redemption. It is quite clear from the scriptures of the TRUTH: Redemption Is In Christ Alone.  Surrender your life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, so you can receive redemption. Without Christ, “ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

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