“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” – Colossians 1:14
LIGHT FOR NOW: The price for our redemption was the blood.
The blood of Jesus refers to the work of Jesus. Hence, Jesus was the price for our redemption OR Jesus is our ransom. That is the ransom paid that brought redemption to us. Jesus is the ransom: 1 Timothy 2:6 says, “who gave Himself a ransom for all to be testified in due time”. From the above scripture, we will explain some keywords as found therein.
The word “gave” was translated from the Greek word “didomi” which implies to offer, make available, bestow, grant, give, and deliver up or to commit. The word “didomi” was used several times in the New Testament books of the bible (Matthew to Revelation). Further references of the word “didomi” are: John 1:17, Acts 5:31, Acts 15:8, Romans 5:5, James 2:5. From the above texts, you will notice that the word “didomi” deals with the attitude of the giver than the gift itself.
The second word which is the word “for” in the above text (1 Timothy 2:6) was translated from the Greek word “huper” which implies a substitution or to substitute. It means ‘on behalf of’ or ‘in place of’. It is accomplished by one person’s unbelief of the other. The former becomes the sacrifice of the latter. There are actually two words translated as “for” in the Greek texts of the bible (New Testament). The second Greek word “for” is the word “anti”. It has the same implication as “huper”. It means ‘instead of’ or ‘because of’. That word “anti” was used in Matthew 20:28. Further references of the word “huper” are: 1 Corinthians 15:3, 2 Corinthians 5:15, Galatians 1:4, Galatians 2:20, Galatians 3:13.
The word “all” (1 Timothy 1:6) was translated from the Greek word “pas” which refers to things specific and not all things in its absolute sense.
Hence, in its usage, it must always be considered in context. Other instances where the word was used: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all…”. As seen earlier, the word “all” here is in the context of what was said in the previous verse. Philippians 4:12 “I know how to be abased…”. “I can do all things”. Therefore, in this context (Philippians 4:13) will refer to being abased, to abound, to be full and to be hungry. Also, in the book of Luke 24:25 “Then he said unto them…”. This can be better understood as all these things that the prophets have spoken concerning the sufferings of Christ and the Glory that should follow.
The last word we will consider in the text (1Timothy 2:6) is the word “ransom”. The word “ransom” was translated from the Greek word “antilutron” which implies the price that was paid. When the word “antilutron” is used by writers, it is referred to what was given in exchange for another as the price of his redemption. Notice the term “ransom for all” (1 Timothy 2:16) could be misinterpreted from the use of words here that the whole world is saved since Jesus gave Himself a ransom for all. But however, reading in context clears such misinterpretation (1 Timothy 2: 2-6). In verse 4, Paul said that God’s will is to have all men saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. This implies that all men are not saved; rather, in God’s will, He gave His son as a ransom for all.
Jesus paid the price for our redemption. But this redemption is not effective outside Christ. The redemption is for everyone but it is in Christ. Hence, for that redemption to be effective in a man, that man has to be in Christ (He has to receive Jesus into His life). Romans 10:9-10.
Therefore, from our above analysis, it suffices us to say that Jesus offered Himself or made Him available for all who believes in Him. He is the price for our redemption; He is our redemption. He is God’s love dispensed; He is the gift of God’s love; He is God’s love revealed. Jesus is God’s love manifest; Jesus is the expression of God’s love. Jesus is an expression of God’s character and nature where mankind is concerned. Jesus is God’s love manifest to an undeserving man (John 3:16; Romans 5:18). The love of God is the reason for God’s giving.
INSTRUCTION:Engage the blood of Christ which is the price of your redemption.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank you for paying the price of my redemption, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The love of God is the reason for God’s giving.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING:DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 15; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 3