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Easter, Redemption

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Aug 11, 2008
Easter, Redemption


The apostle Paul wrote about this redemptive work of Christ upon the Cross and victory that is available to the children of God through the resurrection of Christ. He writes, "So you are no longer a slave..." (Galatians 4:7) Jesus said, "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (Jn. 8:36)



On the Cross of Christ the price was paid in full for your freedom so you can be freed from the bondage to sin. There is a Biblical term for this freedom that the Lord purchased for those who have Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The term is "redemption." "Redemption" (apolutrosis) here means to let go free for a ransom. There are many forms of this word for "redemption" in the New Testament. "Lutroo," is "The recalling of captives to set them free, referring to sinners set free from captivity, the bondage of sin, by the payment of a ransom for them through Christ's death." It is important to note that in a least four passages of Scripture sin is presented as slavery. (John 8:34; Romans 6:17,20; 2 Peter 2:19) Another form of the Greek word for "redemption" (lutron) means "Deliverance on account of the ransom paid" as spoken of the deliverance from the power and the eternal consequences of sin which Christ purchased by laying down His life as a ransom for those who believe. Redeemed (lutroo) by the highest cost possible, through the shed blood of Christ. Redeemed, (agorazo) literally set free from the slave market of sin, death, and hell. Redeemed, (exagorazo) literally delivered out of the enslavement to sin. In the first century, whenever the Greek Word (lutron) for "redemption" was used, people would naturally know that it was referring to the price being paid to free slaves.


Because of the redemptive work of the true Easter story, the child of God has been set free and is at liberty to live a life of real meaning, freed from the sinful passions that destroy fellowship with the Lord and devastates lives. True born again Christians have been delivered of sins and are enjoying the empowerment of the Holy Spirit of Christ to overcome sin. For example, those once hooked on drugs or alcohol have been set free. Those bound by adultery or steeling are set free. The redemptive work of freedom from sin goes on and on for those who truly enjoy the "Ever-flowing Life of Easter."



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