Established in Redemption
10 Jun 2017
When Adam and Eve sinned, their original relationship with God and each other changed. The result was division and hostility. Jesus had to physically come to earth to undo the damage done and put mankind back into a position where people were right with God. In order to restore everything back to God’s original plan, Jesus actually had to become the ransom for sin for us. He undid what the enemy came to do, so that we could be free from guilt, have a relationship with God, and receive the Holy Spirit. The wall between humanity and God was torn down, and man would no longer have to experience His wrath. In short, Jesus redeemed us so that we could fulfill the Father’s dream. Now that we have been established in redemption and delivered from spiritual darkness, we can walk in light and receive everything that Jesus made available to us.
- JESUS DIED TO BUY US BACK FROM THE ENEMY AND MAKE US AS RIGHTEOUS AS HE IS.
- These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you (John 16:1-7).
- Jesus was informing and educating His disciples on the reason for His impending departure.
- And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and rightstanding with God) and about judgment: About sin, because they do not believe in Me [trust in, rely on, and adhere to Me] (John 16:8, 9, AMPC).
- Jesus’ death allowed us to receive the righteousness that comes from the blood He shed on our behalf.
- Redeem means to purchase. Jesus bought us back with His blood. He redeemed us from spiritual death, sickness, disease, and the curse of the law (Deuteronomy 28:15-68).
- Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in ligh: 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).
- Our redemption is because of our relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Before Jesus came, we were not able to partake of the inheritance of the saints.
- His blood gave us the right to stand before God without shame.
- JESUS SHED HIS BLOOD ON OUR BEHALF SO THAT WE COULD STAND JUSTIFIED BEFORE GOD.
- But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus (Romans 3:21-26).
- We must believe this promise. Sin has already been dealt with; now all we have to do is receive our deliverance.
- Everyone has missed the mark, but grace has made us righteous.
- We have been delivered from the law, but the enemy does not want us to know that. He wants us to think that everything that happens to us is God’s will. We must learn to lean in by faith, and appropriate God’s promises.
- 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); To the end that through [their receiving] Christ Jesus, the blessing [promised] to Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, so that we through faith might [all] receive [the realization of] the promise of the [Holy] Spirit (Galatians 3:13, 14, AMPC).
- To obtain forgiveness of sins before Christ, the people had to go through a mortal man, the priest, who stood between them and God. But because of Jesus, we can now go directly to God in prayer and thanksgiving.
- He redeemed us so that we could experience blessings in our lives.
- Another definition of “redeem” is to release on receipt of a ransom.
- Who gave Himself on our behalf that He might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are] eager and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds (Titus 2:14, AMPC).
- The devil tells us our sins are bigger than God’s grace, but grace outweighs our sins.
- Jesus did what we never could have done. He was willing to pay the price to buy us back from the enemy’s hands.
- CHRIST ENDED THE LAW OF MOSES BY BECOMING THE PERFECT SACRIFICE FOR SIN.
- You must know (recognize) that you were redeemed (ransomed) from the useless (fruitless) way of living inherited by tradition from [your] forefathers, not with corruptible things [such as] silver or gold, But [you were purchased] with the precious blood of Christ the Messiah), like that of a [sacrificial] lamb without blemish or spot (1 Peter 1:18, 19, AMPC).
- Silver, gold, or the blood of sacrificial animals was not enough to redeem us.
- We should not live the old way, under the old covenant.
- For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time (1 Timothy 2:5, 6).
- Jesus poured out His life and emptied Himself to get us back to the point where Adam and Eve were before they sinned.
- And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance (Luke 8:1-3).
- Mary Magdalene was not perfect before she came into the fullness of what Jesus had for her. Like Mary, all of us have a past, but God takes us from where we have been to where we are going.
- After she was delivered, she was just as much a part of Jesus’ ministry as the twelve disciples.
- WHAT ADAM DID OUT OF HIS DISOBEDIENCE, JESUS REVERSED THROUGH HIS OBEDIENCE.
- And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety (1 Timothy 2:14, 15).
- Before Jesus, the general belief was that women could not be a part of God’s plan because of what Eve did. But if a woman’s disobedience is emphasized as a reason for the fall, it is significant to note that a woman’s obedience resulted in mankind’s redemption. This happened when Mary gave her consent to Jesus’ birth.
- And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou has done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field (Genesis 3:14-18).
- This was the curse from which Jesus saved men and women.
- Mary’s obedience illustrated forever that women have been restored to their original position of equality with men.
- We must understand that we need to take advantage of what Jesus provided for us. We should renew our minds (Romans 12:2) so that we know we are created in God’s image and we have complete forgiveness from Him.
- For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26-28).
- If we are in Christ and have received Him as our Lord and Savior, we are God’s children.
- In Christ, we can all fulfill God’s will for our lives and serve Him as His disciples.
- CHRIST RE-ESTABLISHED GENDER EQUALITY AND BROKE DOWN THE BARRIERS BETWEEN PEOPLE.
- And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children…And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre (Matthew 27:55, 56, 61).
- Jesus deliberately sought out Mary to let her know she was redeemed and delivered. He allowed Her to be one of his followers, and even to be present at the cross.
- Mary was restored and in her right mind, fully aware of what Jesus had done in her life. She knew that He would not just deliver men, the religious, or perfect people, but everyone who was in bondage.
- In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre (Matthew 28:1).
- Sometimes we can be a blessing simply by being there in someone else’s dark times.
- Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them (Mark 16:9-13).
- Mary had been present all during the time of Jesus’ crucifixion and death; it was no accident that He revealed Himself to her first after His resurrection.
- After seeing Him, she spread the Good News of the Gospel.
- Mary knew that the Comforter would come soon. She had received a revelation no one else had at the time.
- The redeemed person is the one who lives without limits. Regardless of what the devil says about sickness, lack, insufficiency, or bondage, Jesus brings liberty and a new day in our lives.
- We no longer need to hide behind excuses for why we cannot do what God has called us to do.
- We can set aside all enmity and divisions; women are accepted by God. This is the acceptable year of the Lord (Isaiah 61:2).
||John 16:8, 9, AMPC
||Galatians 3:13, 14, AMPC
|Titus 2:14, AMPC
||1 Peter 1:18, 19, AMPC
|1Timothy 2: 5, 6, 14, 15
||Matthew 27:55, 56, 61