Edited by Uncle Dee
and Aunt Sandra
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.
Redemption involved deliverance from bondage based on the payment of a
price by a redeemer.
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