In 1 Corinthians 6, the Apostle Paul tells the Corinthian church to glorify God in their bodies because they have been bought with a price. This idea of being bought means that we had a previous owner, and then Christ came and paid the price. This is the essence of redemption.
To be redeemed means to have a transfer of membership from death to life.
Generally speaking, everybody likes a good redemption story. It gives us hope that the down times in our lives might be turned around. Or that our bad luck might eventually turn to good fortune. It’s pretty logical to enjoy hearing about other people’s redemption.
Sometimes, however, I fear that we romanticize our redemption, rather than realize that it has already happened. We long for the day when we will no longer struggle with pornography. We long for the day when we will not respond in anger to the kids. We long for the day when we will quit being the sluggard and will get up and be active. We long to not be slaves to our sin.
This romanticizing cannot continue.
When we forget what has been done for us by the death and resurrection of Jesus, then we begin to lose sight of God. We have less awe, less fear, less love for God when we forget our redemption.
“Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” 1 Peter 1:18-19
Today I simply want to encourage you with these beautiful gospel words: We have been ransomed. Sin held us captive, now by the blood of Christ we are free to serve the new master. The old master was omnimalevolent, all evil. The new master, Christ, is omnibenevolent, all loving. The old master continually cried out “Look at what you’ve done!” and we still hear those words when we are near him. The loving master replies “Look at what I have done!”
Many times we forget that we, as Christians, have a transferred membership. That our debt has been paid in full by the death and resurrection of Christ. Romanticizing is futile, realize your redemption today.