Romans 6:23 KJV  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Psalm 107:2 KJV  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so , whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
Galatians 3:13-14 KJV  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
The word redemption according to the dictionary can be defined as an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed. It could also mean deliverance or rescue. Theologically it means deliverance from sin and its consequences by means of sacrifices offered for the sinner. This is salvation. Redemption could also be explained from the context of atonement for guilt, repurchase, as of something sold or mortgaged. It could mean paying off, as of a mortgage, bond, or recovery by payment, as of something pledged. To redeem means to buy back. The question is what are we buying back, what did we owe, who did we owe, what is the consequences of our debt, who is buying back the debt and finally after buying back the debt what are the realities of our redemption.These are the questions that this write up will attempt to answer and I trust that by the help of the Holy Spirit, your eyes of understanding will be opened to see the realities of your redemption in Jesus precious name, Amen.
Looking at the first scripture in Romans 6:23, which says that the wages of sin is death. The first man that sinned against God was Adam and one of the judgement that was passed on him was death and when I say death, I mean spiritual death. God gave Adam a clear instruction on what to eat and what not to eat in the garden of Eden. Adam unfortunately sinned by disobeying God. The repercussion of his action was death as stated in Genesis 2:27. This is the first curse of the law that came upon mankind. Everyman after Adam inherited sin and death reigned all the way till Moses. Then came the Ten Commandments and the Levitical laws instituted by Moses, with these also came the Levitical sacrifices and atonements instituted by God to atone for the sins of the people after they have sinned. This gave man the opportunity of temporary escape from the consequences of his sins through atonement with the blood of bulls and goats. Despite this arrangement man continued to sin because of the nature of sin inherited from Adam and we became permanently subservient to the devil. The levitical atonements was a kind of redemptive arrangement to rescue man from the devil but the draw back is that it only covers the sins momentarily but could not make man righteous nor stop man from sinning again. It was clear with the levitical laws and atonements that something more was needed to redeem man completely from the bondage of Satan by destroying completely the sin nature inherited from Adam.
Death was the first curse placed on man for his sin but it’s not the only curse. If you read through the the scripture in Deuteronomy 28:16-68, you will find other curses but all can be summarized under the headings: sickness and poverty. Therefore because of our sins, we are meant to die spiritually which is permanent separation from God and live all our life in sickness and poverty mainly because we inherited sin and the nature of sin from our father Adam. By this separation from God, man became enslaved to the devil who only has just three missions according to John 10:9; TO STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY. (MISSION SKD). So the debt we owe is death, sickness and poverty. For man to be liberated from the devil, someone needed to pay what we owe.
There is a practice in the Jewish culture called the Kinsman redeemer. When a man owes his Neighbour and cannot pay, he pledges his property or something he has until when he is able to pay before such property can be redeemed. In case the Man dies before he is able to redeem the debt, his children inherits it and if they cannot pay, they become slaves to the lender. He now has full right and authority over them, he can use them or sell them out as slaves to recover his money. However if the dead man has a relative who his rich enough to settle the debt, he is authorize according to the law to come forward, pay the debt and set the children free. This is called the kinsman redeemer and this simply explains redemption. He buys back the debt and the right the lender has over the children. Once the debt is paid, the lender loses every right and authority he has over the children and it becomes absolutely illegal for him to attempt to further oppress them because they have been redeemed.
This is exactly what Jesus came to do. The debt we owe and could never pay, he paid with His blood on the cross as an atonement for our sins. He did it once and for all not like the levitical atonements that is done yearly. Jesus paid the price for our sins and redeemed us from the hand of the enemy making it absolutely illegal for the devil to try to oppress man again with the curses of the law: death sickness and poverty. Jesus is our kinsman redeemer, he paid the price for all and we were completely delivered from sin. He abolished sin and the nature of sin in his body and made us righteous. Now we are not just free but in addition the sin nature was destroyed and we are now completely absorbed from all the curses of the law. We have been redeemed from the hand of the enemy! We have been redeemed from death, sickness and poverty! We have been rescued and set free from the bondage and oppression of Satan. Our salvation is not partial but total and a full package. Hallelujah!
Of greater importance is for us to unfold this full package so that we can understand all the benefits of our redemption and be able to to completely appropriate them and take full delivery of what God through Christ Jesus has given us. It is not enough to know that we have been redeemed from the hand of the enemy, what is even more important is to know what we have been redeemed into. According to the above scripture in Galatians 3:13, Christ redeemed us from the curse (endowment not to prosper) of the law, he took away the curse as it were so that the blessing of Abraham can rest on us. The blessing is the endowment to prosper. Check out the blessing of Abraham I the below scripture:
Genesis 12:2-3 KJV  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curses thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Genesis 13:2 KJV  And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
Guess what? The blessing of Abraham though spiritual, manifested I the physical as riches. He carried on him the endowment to prosper and he prospered. Friend It is absolutely therefore illegal for a child of God who has been redeemed from the hand of the enemy into the blessing of Abraham to be poor. This is a slap on redemption and must be resisted by all means. The redeemed can still remain poor because the redeemed does not know that he has been redeemed from poverty. Remember my story of the kinsman redeemer above, what if the children did not know that someone has paid their debt, they will still remain in slavey not because the debt has not been paid but because they did not know and the enemy will obviously not tell them. Then somebody has to tell them and that is exactly what am doing now. You have been redeemed from poverty! Believe it and receive it! The bible says we have been translated from the kingdom of the devil into the kingdom of His dear son, in whom you have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sin Colossians 1:13-14 . Start today to live in that translated life and enjoy all that redemption has purchased for you. Stop allowing the devil to cheat you and rob you of your blessing with cheap lies. Your redemption is not just to make you to go to heaven, if that was the purpose then you would have been long gone. It is for you to enjoy the benefits of the kingdom of his dear son here on earth. Let thy kingdom come earth as it is in heaven. Shalom! To be continued……..
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Questions to reflect on
- How real is your redemption to you?
- How much of your redemption are experiencing?
I have been delivered from the hand of enemy in Jesus mighty name.