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Redemption of God

O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins. (Psalms 130:7)

Redemption means to set anyone free from the bondage or slavery. We can see the concept of redemption in both the Old Testament and in the New Testament. In the Old Testament, it was mandatory to offer animals or birds as a sacrifice to get delivered from the penalty of sin as it is a covenant given by God. It means birds or animals are being sacrificed as a substitute in one’s place for his/her sins. However, these sacrifices covered the sin temporarily. There needs a permanent solution to occur so that the sins of all humanity would be redeemed and delivered permanently.

Redemption requires payment of the price, but the plight that demands such a ransom is moral, not material. God the Father gave his only begotten Son for us to come out from the bondage’s of sin and to enter into heaven. It is not feasible without shedding the pure, holy blood for the sins. Jesus gave himself for this redemption process so that you and I can be with Him forever without any transgression of this world.

Romans 5:8 says “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” We did not deserve for the great unconditional love but Jesus took the cross and died on the cross bearing all the shame, nakedness and suffering. His death was in exchange for our life. Scripture is quite clear that redemption is only possible “through His blood,” that is, by His death (Colossians 1:14).

Jesus by paying the price for our sins gifts us the forgiveness of sins as something that is already accomplished and that the effect of this redemption is that we are not even to be conscious of sin (Heb. 10:1-2). The redemption has made us perfect in the eyes of God the Father. Since Jesus has paid the price, does eternity is guaranteed for all? Certainly not, God has gifted us the salvation through the redemption process, and each one must guard that salvation through holiness and obedience to the word of God to enter into the gates of heaven. Salvation is free for anyone those who believe in Jesus Christ but to enter heavenly realms, it needs commitment with God, sacrifices, obedience and holiness.