TEXT: COLOSSIANS 1:14
Today, we’ll go more doctrinal as it regards the subject of redemption. The subject of redemption is an all-encompassing subject that when fully understood by a believer, all that Jesus paid for will be fully maximized by that believer. Most believers are actually living below their realities today because they’ve not fully understood the reality of redemption.
It is important to note as we begin our analysis today that the bible is for teaching.
Teaching salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2Timothy 3:15). Hence, the subject of the scriptures is Christ. The word “doctrine5” in the above that was translated from the Greek word “didaskalia” which implies teaching or explanation. Hence, from the above text, the profitability of the scriptures is for teaching salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Thus the bible is not given for you to teach your experiences. You are not the message of the bible; the bible is Jesus’ book. The bible therefore is a Christ-centered material that carries with it a Christ-centered message. Thus, the focus of the scripture is Christ. Jesus Himself lays credence to this in Luke 24:25-27.
Notice Luke 24:25-27 was about His resurrection. So Jesus here affirms that the prophets (all the prophets; that is, Genesis to Malachi) spoke concerning Him (His sufferings and the glory that should follow).
Thus, the focus of the prophecies of the prophets (in the holy scriptures) was Christ. So, we can say that Jesus is not just one of the characters of the bible; Jesus is the main character of the bible. That same thing was alluded by brother Peter in 1Peter 1:10-11. This suffices us to say that one key to interpreting the bible rightly is to read the bible with the eyes or binoculars of Christ.
Another vital truth is it regards interpreting texts of the bible properly is that nobody is at liberty to give a personal interpretation to a text of the scripture (2Peter 1:20). Your feelings and opinions are of zero percent value when a proper interpretation of scriptural text is concerned. Extra biblical materials are of zero percent importance as far as bible interpretation is concerned. Thus, no one can give his own interpretation to a text; one can only find out the interpretation of a text because the bible has already been explained (interpreted).
Old Testament – Holy scriptures, scriptures concealed, mysteries.
New Testament (the epistles) – The revelation of the concealed scriptures; mysteries revealed or the explanation of the scriptures.
Thus, the Old Testament which was concealed has now been explained in the New Testament (the epistles).
Hence, no one can assume the meaning of a text. One must read the scriptures carefully and must read in details (2Timothy 2:15).
Old Testament – Written originally in Hebrew (hence called the Hebrew text of the bible).
New Testament – Written in Greek (the Greek text of the bible).
Having said that, it is paramount for one to know that when the bible is wrongly interpreted, a vital truth is lost. And the bible can never mean today what it never meant when it was first written. With what have been said so far, lets now examine the subject of redemption more critically and doctrinally the subject of redemption.
That said; let’s examine our text, Colossians 1:14.
The word “redemption” in the above text was translated from the Greek word “apolutrosis” which refers to an actual release and not just price paid. This implies the price paid, bought and actual release of those who were under the power of darkness (the pretext tell us that) Colossians 1:13… hath delivered us from… The word “apo” in the word “apolutrosis” means actual.
The word “apolutrosis” was also used in Hebrews 11:35 – not accepting deliverance (in this text) implies actual release. Thus, the word deliverance here is the same Greek word apolutrosis. Hence, we can say from the above that the word “redeem” or “redemption” carries a thought of deliverance (that is to set free). We’ll see this in details from the historical analysis of the word.
Historical analysis of the word redeem/redeemed/ransom/redemption: The word “redemption” has an historical usage as seen in the case of the children of Israel leaving Egypt. The first mention of that word “redemption” was in the book of Exodus.
Exodus 6:6 Where say unto the children of Israel, I am the Lord and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will bring you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretch out arm, and with judgments.
The word “redeem” from this text was translated from the Hebrew word “gaal”. It implies to buy back, to purchase. It is used in other places in the Old Testament books of the bible.
Notice what God told Moses from the text: “I am the Lord God and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians”. Hence, we see an explanation of the word redeem/redeemed/ransom (which are all redemption terminologies) in the Hebrew texts (Old Testament) – IT MEANS TO LEAD OUT OF SOMETHING.
This however goes just beyond the price paid, the process of redemption, but the ACTUAL RELEASE. That is, the price paid brought an actual release (Colossians 1:13).
Now, after Moses left Egypt, he echoed the same thing. Exodus 15:13 “Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed; thou hast guided them in thy strength unto the holy habitation.
God redeemed them. He led them out by his strength into his holy habitation.
David alluded to the same in his writing
Psalms 74:2 “Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed this Mount Zion, wherein thou hast dealt ”.
Psalm 78:35 “And thy remembered that God was their rock, and the High God their redeemer”.
Therefore, the word “redeem” as earlier stated carries a thought of deliverance; that is, to set free. Redemption basically will be seen from an act which means “to redeem” but the act is secondary to the concept itself. When the word is looked keenly at, it means a price that was paid for something. There is therefore deliverance based on the payment of a price. There is therefore freedom because a price was paid.