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Uncle Noah
Bible
Dictionary

Edited by Uncle Dee and Aunt Sandra

Redeem, Redemption
   In the context of the social, legal and religious customs of the ancient world, redemption included the ideas of being loosed from a bond, being set free from captivity or slavery, buying back something lost or sold, exchanging something and paying a ransom.
Old Testament
   Redemption involved deliverance from bondage based on the payment of a price by a redeemer.
New Testament
   It is announced that Jesus is the fulfillment of Israel's messianic hope. In him is the long-awaited moral, not material, redemption...paid for by a required payment.
   The captivity is sin. Christ's death is shown as the payment for deliverance of those held captive by Satan. The death of Jesus provides forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14) and a new life. (Romans 6:4)
   The central theme of redemption is that God has taken the initiative to act compassionately on behalf of those who are powerless to help themselves. God identifies with humanity and liberates human kind through the obedient, suffering death and resurrection of Jesus.
   The debt against us is not simply cancelled...it is paid in full. Christ's blood (life), which he surrendered for us, is the ransom by which we are delivered from the slavery and penalty of sin.

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