“For as much as you know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold from your vain conversation received tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ as a lamb without blemish and without spot.” – 1Peter 1:8-19
LIGHT FOR NOW: Redemption makes God’s gift of eternal life available to us.
The word “redemption” is the word “lytron” in Greek and it refers to a price that must be paid to redeem, rescue or to deliver someone. Its root is a legal term that has to do with the substitution required for a person to be delivered from bondage. The redemptive work of Christ is the greatest event that has happened in the history of mankind. The scripture is built on this and there would be no salvation for mankind without the work of Christ on the Cross. The disobedience of man to God’s word brought sin into the world and as we know the wages of sin is death, so sin passed a death sentence on the human race. Therefore, man’s disobedience necessitated Christ’s redemptive work. The scripture says in Roman 3:23-25: all have sinned and deprived of the glory of God and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as an expatiation, through faith, by His blood, to prove His righteousness because of the forgiveness of sins previously committed.
This portion exhibits the effect of sin on man and God’s mercy towards man. Before talking exhaustively about Christ’s redemptive work, it is important for believers to know what Christ redeemed them from and its meaning. Christ redeemed us from sin or darkness. What then is sin? Sin is defined as lack of conformity to God’s moral law, in actions, attitude or nature. Christ in his all-knowing nature understood that if he doesn’t redeem man from darkness and sin, man would be eternally lost and damned. Hence, His reason for bringing man into existence will be completely defeated. God took into consideration man’s depravity, his alienation from God, inability to dominate and his dark nature thus sent his son to redeem man. However, Christ’s redemptive work lies on four pillars and they are: the incarnation of Christ, the crucifixion of Christ, the resurrection, ascension and glorification of Christ. It would have been impossible for the redemptive work to be accomplished, if Christ did not come in the flesh and John 1:14 confirms this “And the word (God) became flesh and dwelt among us and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only son from the father full of grace and truth. Also, Christ had to be crucified in order to provide redemption to man. He became a curse and provided the perfect sacrifice the crucifixion afforded. Matthew 27 recounts the crucifixion story. Our redemptive story would have lacked basis if Christ had not resurrected from the death. Christ proved himself alive after his crucifixion for people to believe in him and He did! Glory! Matthew 28 gives us details about Christ’s resurrection. Finally, Christ ascended for our glorification. He went in order to come into man. Glory!
INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge your realities in Christ redemptive work.
CONFESSION: I declare that the eyes of my understanding are open in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The inheritance of the forgiveness of sin is in the redemptive work of Christ.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 9