Thursday, August 25, 2016

Change Agent: Why I'm Optimistic - Pt. 3 "Redeemed"

“…who redeems your life from the pit…” (Psalm 103:4)

According to Google’s online definition, the word redeem means:

1. to compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something).

2. to gain or regain possession of

The Bible couldn’t be any clearer on this point. “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23) Apart from Christ, we are slaves to sin and its condemning power (Rom. 7:14). But at the cross, Jesus paid the price to redeem us out of slavery. His blood atoned for our sin or as the Google definition words it, his blood compensated for our faults and bad aspects and He literally regained possession of us. 

“We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin…What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 7:14, 24-25 & 8:1). 

“You are not your own; you were bought at a price… Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole. He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit” (1 Cor. 6:19-20 & Gal. 3:13-14). 

Praise the Lord! I’m am so not all that I want to be in life, but because of Jesus: I am no longer spiritually dead! I have been forgiven and redeemed! All my shame and guilt have been taken way and God has accepted me into His family!

I’m optimistic because through Christ, God has redeemed me from the pit and made me His child!

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