Celebrate Redemption (Part 2) NY

by Taffi Dollar | 17 Feb 2018


The word “redemption” sounds very spiritual, but if we are to celebrate our redemption, we must break it down into practical terms. Redemption is something Jesus came to earth to provide for us because of Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden of Eden. They were both made in God’s image, but their decision to disobey Him resulted in the need for them, and future generations, to be redeemed. Their sin resulted in the curse of alienation from God, sickness and disease, fear, defeat, lack, and everything evil. The blood Jesus shed on our behalf made forgiveness of sins available to us, and accepting what He did puts us in a position to personally receive that forgiveness. Before Jesus came, mankind was in a fallen state; He went to the cross so that we could be delivered from the power of sin and spiritual darkness, and everything that goes with it. We can now receive health, prosperity, peace of mind, victory, and all of the good things in life that God wants us to have.
  1. Jesus sacrificed His body and blood to buy us back from the enemy.
    1. Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:12-14).
      1. Redemption is a person, and that person is Jesus, our redeemer.
      2. The blood Jesus shed qualifies us to receive redemption. Being redeemed is all about Jesus paying the ransom for us.
    2. [The Father] has delivered  and drawn us to Himself out of the control  and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, In Whom we have our redemption  through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins (Colossians 1:13, 14, AMPC).
      1. Jesus positioned us for the kingdom of God. Previously, we were under the enemy’s control. We must remember that Jesus is our redeemer.
    3. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:6, 7).
      1. Redeem means to buy back or repurchase. Jesus bought us back from the enemy. He did this so that we would no longer be continually defeated and under guilt, shame, and condemnation.
      2. He bought us back so that we could be the head and not the tail, and have the advantage in life.
      3. To be redeemed is to be free from what distressed or harmed. It also means to free from captivity by payment or ransom, or to release from blame or debt. Jesus redeemed us from all the mistakes that were made in the garden of Eden.
      4. We can now be released from blame and debt, and walk in the freedom Jesus came to provide for us.
    4. In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor (Ephesians 1:7, AMPC).
      1. We have been redeemed from spiritual death that came as a result of Adam and Eve eating fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
      2. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden (Genesis 3:7, 8).
      3. We no longer have to be afraid of God’s wrath or think that He is upset with us.
      4. Jesus came to model spiritual life. This kind of life is all about a union and a relationship with God. Death can no longer separate us from Him, or prevent us from fellowshipping with Him.
  1. Christ redeemed us from the old covenant curses so we could be blessed.
    1. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life (Romans 5:10).
      1. When we were enemies of God, we did not think about Him at all. We did what we wanted and focused only on ourselves.
    2. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved (daily delivered from sin’s dominion) through His [resurrection] life (Romans 5:10, AMPC).
      1. We have been redeemed from spiritual death to spiritual life.
    3. The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish…The Lord will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed. The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart: And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee…The Lord shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head (Deuteronomy 28:22, 27-29, 35).
      1. We have been redeemed from the sickness and disease which was part of the curse.
      2. The curse resulted in much shorter life spans than before. Many people died early deaths.
    4. Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it. Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them...The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low. He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail (Deuteronomy 28:38, 39, 43, 44).
      1. Giving but not receiving was also part of the curse.
      2. We have been delivered from oppression and poverty, and brought into abundance.
      3. We have also been redeemed from inferiority. Jesus came to level the playing field, so that everyone can now have a chance to win in life.
  1. God wants us healthy and prosperous. We do not have to settle for less.
    1. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 1:2).
      1. It is important to know not just what we are redeemed from, but also what we are redeemed to.
      2. We no longer have to tolerate living beneath our privileges or living in fear like people did under the Law of Moses.
      3. Jesus lifted the burden and destroyed the yoke that required mankind to work by the sweat of their toil and self-effort.
      4. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:30).
      5. The Holy Spirit is now available to us, so that we can be led from the inside out instead of the outside in.
      6. The Spirit moves inside of us to change our lives for the better. He gives us everything we need to succeed in life.
      7. According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness…(2 Peter 1:3).
      8. To prosper, we must renew our minds to think according to the Word of God.
      9. For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…(Proverbs 23:7).
    2. And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation](2 Corinthians 9:8, AMPC).
      1. Jesus came so that we would not have to sow any longer without reaping. When we get under the blessing, no one can stop what God will do in our lives.
      2. Every earthly blessing will be by-products of us coming into our righteousness and our redemption. We will begin to walk in empowerment and enablement.
  1. Jesus delivered us from the curse so that we could all be equal in Him.
    1. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith (Galatians 3:13, 14).
      1. Christ redeemed us from all that is not good and everything that harms or hurts us.
      2. This redemption also includes deliverance in the marriage relationship. The man no longer rules over the woman, and the woman no longer needs to be subservient.
    2. Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified) (Galatians 3:13, AMPC).
      1. Fear is a type of oppression; deliverance from fear is part of our redemption.
      2. We take steps against letting fear control us when we renew our minds.
      3. We do not have to tolerate fear of danger. God gives safety to His people; the safest place to be is in His will.
      4. We have been redeemed from the fear of danger to the preservation of life. We must declare this.
      5. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy (Psalm 107:2).
      6. Christ took all our shame and fear so that it would no longer torment us.
      7. We do not have to wait until we get to heaven to experience God’s best. We can claim it right now.
  1. Our redemption brought us back to God. We are no longer strangers to Him.
    1. But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13).
      1. We can be “far off” if we are not thinking about the things of God.
    2. But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were [so] far away, through (by, in) the blood of Christ have been brought near. For He is [Himself] our peace (our bond of unity and harmony). He has made us both [Jew and Gentile] one [body], and has broken down (destroyed, abolished) the hostile dividing wall between us (Ephesians 2:13, 14, AMPC).
      1. Under the law, division was the rule. Some people received favor based on their race, gender, or economic status. Christ brought us all together and broke down the dividing walls.
      2. Under grace, we realize that Jesus became our peace. “Peace” means nothing missing and nothing broken.
      3. We can run to Him knowing we are the apple of His eye, and He wants to bless us.
    3. Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God…In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord(Ephesians 2:15-19, 21).
      1. Equality in Christ means we all have equal access to God. We are all made one in Him.
      2. We are all part of the same building and we all have a part to play.
    4. In Him the whole structure is joined (bound, welded) together harmoniously, and it continues to rise (grow, increase) into a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated, consecrated, and sacred to the presence of the Lord]. In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you yourselves also are being built up [into this structure] with the rest, to form a fixed abode (dwelling place) of God in (by, through) the Spirit (Ephesians 2:21, 22, AMPC).
      1. The Holy Spirit enables us to function at our fullest potential.

Scripture References

Colossians 1:12-14
Colossians 1:13, 14, AMPC
Ephesians 1:6, 7
Ephesians 1:7, AMPC
Genesis 3:7, 8
Romans 5:10
Romans 5:10, AMPC
Deuteronomy 28:22, 27-29, 35, 38, 39, 43, 44
3 John 1:2
Matthew 11:30
2 Peter 1:3
Proverbs 23:7
2 Corinthians 9:8, AMPC
Galatians 3:13, 14
Galatians 3:13, AMPC
Psalm 107:2
Ephesians 2:13, 15-19, 21
Ephesians 2:13, 14, 21, 22, AMPC