Here are 7 Bible verses that shout out loudly about God’s redeeming love.
What is Redemption?
When you go to redeem something, you are basically purchasing it, paying for it in full, or buying it. Like the kinsman redeemer, Boaz, redeemed Ruth (Ruth 4), we who have trusted in the Redeemer have been bought by the precious blood of Christ. To be redeemed means to take ownership of it by paying a specified sum or to purchase it back, to ransom, to liberate or to rescue from someone or something and that is precisely what Jesus Christ has done for those who trust in Him. We’ve been liberated from the slavery to sin; we’ve been bought by the blood of Christ; we’ve been rescued from the wrath of God.
First Corinthians 6:19b-20a “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.”
As Paul wrote elsewhere in 1st Corinthians 7:23 “You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings” or slaves of sin. Since Christ bought us with His own blood, we are no longer our own. We belong to God. The price with which He paid for us was His own blood so we should feel compelled to serve our King and besides, if He is our King, we are His subjects.
First Peter 1:18-19 “Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”
This is extremely powerful. Peter is saying that we could never be redeemed by perishable things, even if it were by gold or silver because that would not be enough to take away or pay for our sins. We were ransomed from the futility of the wrath to come because of our sins (Rom 6:23) and the ransom price was “the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”
Isaiah 44:22 “I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.”
Many years ago I had committed a crime but I paid for my crime by having spent time in jail and so after a time, my crime was blotted out of the books. In the same way, God blots out our transgressions and our sins but not because we have paid for it ourselves; it was because of what Christ has paid.
Isaiah 52:3 “For thus says the Lord: “You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.”
This refers to Israel’s being taken into captivity as they were sold into slavery for nothing, therefore they cannot be redeemed by money but only by the Messiah that was prophesied to come and suffer which if you read the last part of Isaiah 52 and all of chapter 53, you can read the infinite price Jesus paid for this redemption.
Galatians 3:13 “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.”
We were all guilty of breaking the law and we can read where unrepentant and unforgiven lawbreakers will go in Revelation 21:8 and this includes “the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death” however it’s called the good news because Jesus redeemed us from the curse of breaking God’s law and became a curse for us as He died on a tree (the cross) to pay a debt that we owed by the Son of God Who owed no debt.
Galatians 4:4-5 “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”
This “fullness of time” was when Jesus came to earth to live a sinless, obedient life and to keep the law where we could not and become the sufficient supreme sacrifice to satisfy the wrath of God. His payment by means of His own blood was necessary “to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” Those who were under the law were us!
Job 19:25 “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.”
The Old Testament speaks about the Redeemer and this is clearly Jesus Christ as the Redeemer is capitalized, making it a proper noun; this is the name of our Redeemer today in Jesus Christ. Job knew His redeemer lived and that “He has redeemed my soul from going down into the pit, and my life shall look upon the light” (Job 33:28).
God is our Redeemer, redeeming our life from the pit of hell and bringing us into the family of God to become the children of God. This was in God’s sovereign plan from before time began and from before “the foundation of the world…the Lamb that had been slain” (Rev 13:8) for those who trust in Him. That is why God’s redeeming love is so amazing.
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon.