INTRODUCTION… Acts 10:33… “Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God” (KJV). Cornelius, in Acts 10:33, was expressing his expectations to Peter. He was releasing faith to receive whatever God had for him and his household. Without the anointing and the power of the Holy Spirit, human effort does not work. The message the Lord has laid upon my heart for today is the power of redemption. If we hear what the Lord is saying, we will benefit greatly.
Psalm 111:9… “He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever–holy and awesome is his name” (NIV).
Psalm 130:7… “Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption” (KJV).
Romans 3:24… “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (KJV).
I want to talk about the value and the power of our redemption. Redemption touches the heart, the inward, and it moves from the heart outward, touching our everyday life. I want to reinforce this truth in twelve easy points. The word “redemption” is a word that means, “deliverance by payment of a price.” This word provides us with one of the most basic images for describing God’s saving activity toward mankind. God regained ownership of fallen man by paying the price for redemption. This word teaches of the recovery and release that comes through the price Christ paid with His blood. We have been released from the bondage of sin, from the oppressions of the devil, from the power of disease. In the New Testament, the word “redemption” refers to salvation’s provision which buys back that which was lost. The Spirit wants us to know the value and the power of redemption. Paul writes to the Ephesians that they might know “the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe” (Ephesians 1:19, KJV). Paul then points to the resurrection of Christ.
1) Titus 2:13-14… Redemption offers release from sin… “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (KJV). We need to remind ourselves that sin is destructive. God wants us to be free from all the strongholds of sin. The object of Christ in giving Himself to be our ransom was to save us from all iniquity. Iniquity is at work in the world. It’s all around us trying to control us and our children. God wants to keep us purified so that we could be a special people unto God and full of the works of the Holy Spirit.
2) 1 Peter 1:18-19… Redemption shows us the value God has placed upon us… “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (KJV). The Spirit wants us to know just how much value God has placed on us. We were not redeemed with gold or silver–God gave His only Son.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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