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Redemption, the Heart of the Gospel

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It is only in Christ's dying that we have salvation. It frees us from our bondage to sin and the condemnation of God's wrath.

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Introduction

Last week we saw that the salvation of God’s people commenced in eternity past. It was planned and determined in the mind of God to work out salvation for his people. This included the individuals he would save. He planned for the to be Holy and to be adopted as sons. This was ours, not because we were good, but because of God’s love. We are now moving from what we would call the work of God the father in salvation, to the work of God the Son.
We are now moving from what we would call the work of God the father in salvation, to the work of God the Son.
Redemption: “deliverance effected through the death of Christ...” carries the idea of ransom or buying back. Purchasing out of slavery.
Ilustration
Kinsman buying you out of slavery when you were unable yourself.
Israel being delivered from Egyptian bondage.

Our Inability to Redeem ourselves

“In Him” we have redemption. It comes from outside ourselves. Our deliverance and salvation is not in us.

The Means of Our Redemption

The Blood of Christ: Christ’s death in all it’s saving aspects. The death of Christ was a purchase price to pay for the redemption of his people.
Revelation 5:9 NASB95
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
Acts 20:28 NASB95
“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
Matthew 1:21 NASB95
“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Redeemed how?

1. From the merited penalty of God’s wrath

Because we are all sinners at our core, we have incurred a debt to God. Every time someone sins, they have merited (earned) God’s displeasure, his wrath. They are guilty. God’s wrath is an outworking of his goodness. He is good and as a result he hates what is evil. Every sin is an affront to a Holy God and is therefore under his condemnation and wrath. All men are guilty before God.
Romans 3:10–18 NASB95
as it is written, There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.” Their throat is an open grave, With their tongues they keep deceiving,” The poison of asps is under their lips”; Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”; Their feet are swift to shed blood, Destruction and misery are in their paths, And the path of peace they have not known.” There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
John 3:36 NASB95
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
John 3:
Isaiah 12:1 NASB95
Then you will say on that day, “I will give thanks to You, O Lord; For although You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, And You comfort me.
Romans 1:18 NASB95
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
Isaiah
This is why Jesus’s death is necessary. God’s wrath must be satisfied, justice demands a verdict.
This is why Jesus’s death is necessary. God’s wrath must be satisfied.
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Adolf Hitler could not just be let go!
Romans 5:9 NASB95
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
1 John
1 John 4:10 NASB95
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Matthew 26:28 NASB95
for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.
This removes the guilt and stain of sin. Christ’s death satisfies the wrath of God. You could not do this for yourself

2. From the dominion of sin & satan

Sin is the controlling factor in the life of all non-christians. I sin, because I’m a sinner at heart. I can’t stop sinning because I’m a slave to sin.
Ephesians 2:1–2 NASB95
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
Jesus died so as to deliver us from the controlling power of Sin.
Romans 6:5–11 NASB95
For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Jesus didn’t die to redeem people from pain and suffering, or from purposeless meaningless existence, he came to redeem people from sin. To free them from it’s captive hold.
Titus 2:14 NASB95
who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

3. From the Presence of Sin

We are redeemed forever from sin’s contaminating influence, and it’s presence.
Ephesians 1:14 NASB95
who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
Ephesians 4:30 NASB95
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

The Extent of Redemption

“According to the riches of His grace”
He wants us to get this one fact so he mentions it over and over, in Christ he lavishly pours His grace out on us. He went all out. Spared no expense.
according to, not out of
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