GOD'S PLAN OF REDEMPTION

"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)

 

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Redeem / Redemption: The word redeem is defined as the act of delivering a sinner from bondage and punishment by means of a substitutionary sacrifice or through the payment of a ransom price. This deliverance includes the covering of and/or removal of sin. At times, the word redeem may also include the concept of purchasing or buying back something which was formerly possessed. The term redemption refers to the act of redeeming or to the state of being redeemed.

 

Redemptive History: Redemptive history refers to the increasing manifestation of God's plan of salvation through His acts of redemption. The historical narratives of the Old and New Testaments are a glorious unfolding of God's redemptive purposes. Each one of God's past redemptive acts is part of the development of His plan to restore lost sinners into communion and relationship with Him. Immediately after man sinned and became subject to all misery and condemnation, God began to reveal to man His thoughts of peace and reconciliation. The first promise made with Adam and Eve contained the essence and substance of the entire plan of salvation, even though it was only in its elementary form. God's gracious redemptive plan was increasingly revealed with the progression of time. The Old Testament promises, types, and messianic prophecies all pointed forward to the coming of the Messiah in whom God's purposes of redemption would be ultimately fulfilled. These means shadowed forth, to the Old Testament saints, the one and only way of salvation through the substitutionary death of the Lamb of God. With the eyes of faith they rejoiced to see the promised Messiah, and in Him they obtained the blessings of justification and the forgiveness of sins. Redemptive history climaxes with the shedding of the blood of the Son of God on the cross. His precious blood was the necessary price for redeeming sinners from the state of condemnation and death. The Christological focus of redemptive history does not end with Christ's first coming, however, but it also includes the manifestations of His grace and mercy in this present age, and it anticipates His second advent when He will make a final restoration of all things unto Himself.

 

The Price of Redemption: There was an infinite debt that was owed to God by reason of sin, but there was no sinner who could pay the price to redeem himself or others. All were condemned and all were under wrath and there was none who had anything to offer God to pay for his sin. The redemption of the soul is so precious and costly that it required a payment that was of infinite value and worth (Ps. 49:7-8). Divine justice required a price that was far beyond human comprehension and expression. The necessary price of redemption was the precious blood of the Lamb of God! God gave His most treasured possession to purchase His people back to Himself. The cost was so great, and yet He spared not His Son, His only Son, the Son of His love, that He might redeem sinners from the curse of the law. Every believer is bought with the price of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore God can now speak tender words of love to their hearts, "I have redeemed thee... thou art Mine" (Is. 43:1). He loved sinners and bought sinners that they might be His eternal and prized possession. Bought with Blood. / The Precious Blood.

 

Covenants: The Scriptures are a revelation of God’s sovereign and unbreakable bond of love to the people of His purchase by blood. Within the Scriptures there are various economies or dispensations of God's one covenant of grace. These include the covenants established with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David. The various economies of the Old Testament covenants anticipated and found their fulfillment in the establishment of the new covenant in Jesus Christ. The old covenant era was characteristic of continual covenant breaking by reason of man's sin. When God established the new covenant, He removed the sin, once and for all, that had caused the prior covenant breaking. He graciously established the new covenant in Jesus Christ to be an everlasting and unbreakable bond between Him and His people. The new covenant was ratified with the blood of the Son of God and it included the final and full expiation of the sin of His people. What is New about the New Covenant?

 

Typology: One of the marvelous ways in which God reveals His glorious plan and method of redemption within the framework of Old Testament Scripture is through a system of types known as typology. God’s infinite wisdom has determined that various people, objects, and events throughout Old Testament history should prefigure and/or foreshadow the person and work of Jesus Christ upon earth. Each scriptural type demonstrates, in some small way, the glory and beauty of Jesus Christ and His gracious salvation. The Typology of the Ark

 

 

 

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