29 Nov 2017
Redemption not only means radical changes for mankind in general, but also a total transformation of gender roles and how men and women relate to each other. As the body of Christ, we are now able to stand on equal ground, regardless of race, class, culture, gender, or socioeconomic status. Religion boxes people into subgroups according to limited human perception, but God is bigger than the boxes. We no longer have to pattern our marriages and family relationships according to what we see around us. Instead, these relationships can be what God intended for them to be. The Word of God is the final authority and the foundation for our lives, and it is His plan for each of us to reach our highest potential. We are not carbon-copy people; God’s purpose is different for each one of us and, together, we can discover what His will is for our lives.
- Jesus redeemed us from the curse so that we could reach our potential.
- As a church, we are privileged to be able to usher in biblical equality. As a people, we can stand together on equal ground.
- We can now see each other as God sees us. The Bible says that if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things have passed away (2 Corinthians 5:17). The old way of seeing ourselves as inferior, less than, or subservient, is gone.
- Grace should guide us into knowing who we are and what we can do. The Holy Spirit came on Pentecost, and He descended on everyone regardless of age, gender, or nationality (Acts 2:1-21). This same Spirit moves on the inside of us to lead, direct, and teach us in the way we should go.
- The enemy robbed Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, and they were put in a place where God’s ideal plan for them could not be fulfilled. Jesus became the redeemer who bought us back.
- For this reason we also, from the day we heard of it, have not ceased to pray and make [special] request for you, [asking] that you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things—That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition]. [We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy (Colossians 1:9-11, AMPC).
- It is still God’s plan for us today to be filled with the full, deep, and clear knowledge of His will, not just a general idea. He wants us to have a personal understanding of His plan for our lives.
- This is why we need to spend time with God, so that we might understand what He called us to do. He wants us to know His voice so that He can lead us every day.
- As we continue in our Christian walk, we must maintain a teachable attitude, so that God can continue showing us new things and taking us to progressively higher levels.
- Giving thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God’s holy people) in the Light. [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 1:12-14, AMPC).
- Redemption means to change for the better, buy back, or re-purchase. We can give God thanks every day because He delivered us and bought us out from condemnation and bondage.
- We are free from what distresses or harms us, and free from the consequences of sin. The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
- Jesus died to restore equality and destroy divisions between people.
- 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).
- Christ bought and paid the price for our redemption by shedding His blood. Despite that, many people are still living under the Law of Moses.
- [So that we might be] to the praise and the commendation of His glorious grace (favor and mercy), which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 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, Which He lavished upon us in every kind of wisdom and understanding (practical insight and prudence), Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him (Ephesians 1:6-9, AMPC).
- We do not have to wait until we get to heaven to be redeemed; we are already redeemed.
- The power of the Word of God made us righteous. When we accept Jesus Christ, we are made new again.
- God’s grace never runs short; it is lavished upon us.
- And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast 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 thou shalt 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; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return (Genesis 3:14-19).
- This was a consequence of Adam and Eve’s sin. Inequalities began here.
- The curse spoiled God’s perfect plan for us, but Jesus restored it.
- And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth (Genesis 1:26-28).
- Before Adam and Eve fell, they were equal. “Us” referred to both the man and the woman who were given equal dominion and authority over the earth and everything in it.
- This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created (Genesis 5:1, 2).
- God blessed both males and females equally. Man did not receive any more grace than woman.
- When God made the woman, He made her as a helper to the man, on equal terms and not as an inferior or subordinate (Genesis 2:18). She was created to be an ezer, corresponding to man.
- And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man...And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed (Genesis 2:23, 25).
- Woman was made from the same substance that came out of Adam.
- Although the woman ate the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil before the man, God chose a woman to bring Jesus into the earth.
- Adam and Eve were not ashamed yet, because they both bore the glory of God.
- And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 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 3:6-8).
- After the fall, things began changing. Because man and woman were created equal, they both suffered the consequences of their actions. We can thank God that Jesus eventually came to fix all the issues.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Ephesians 1:6-9, AMPC
Genesis 3:6-8, 14-19
Colossians 1:9-14, AMPC
Galatians 3:13, 14, AMPC
Genesis 5:1, 2
Genesis 2:18, 23, 25