Bible Text: Ephesians 1:6-7 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst
In Ephesians 1:6 and 7, we are told that we are made acceptable by being redeemed. We are redeemed by the shedding of Christ’s Blood for us on the Cross of Calvary. Redemption means buying back that which is lost. It is always used in this way as the word “redeemed” appears 119 times in the Bible.
In Exodus 6:1-7, the Lord tells Moses He will redeem the Children of Israel from the Egyptians. Through mighty, miraculous works the Lord bought back those who were lost to Egypt as slaves. Once bought back, Israel who had served Egypt, would then serve God.
In Exodus 13:12 and 13, God claimed for Himself all the first born of man and of beast. If someone wanted the first born of their ass (donkey), they would have to buy it back from God with the payment of a lamb. If they didn’t, it was stolen and had to be destroyed.
In Leviticus 25:25-27, land that was lost due to poverty could be redeemed by anyone in the family with the means to redeem it.
In Leviticus 25:47-49, a man who sold himself into slavery could be redeemed (bought back) by any family member.
Sinners are both lost and slaves to sin (John 8:34).
The lost must be bought back (I Corinthians 6:20 and 7:23)
We must be purchased by a Kinsman Redeemer (Ruth 3:7-13).
Christ is our Kinsman Redeemer (Mark 3:34 and 35).
He alone could pay the price (I Peter 1:18 and 19).
Those that are lost must be bought back by the only one who can redeem them (Hebrews 9:12).