The Blessings of Our Redemption
“Sin,” as seen the singular form in the Bible is the ‘Sin-nature,’ which prompts the ‘acts of sinning.’ But every Christian believer should know that ALL their sins are forever forgiven through faith in Christ’s Cross-work.
The fact is that ‘Sin’ is present “in the flesh” (Rom 8:3) of all men as the root of our ‘sins’ is the fallen Adamic ‘Sin-nature.’ Being born of Adam, we were “conceived in iniquity” (‘sin,’ cf. Psa. 51:5). We can’t help but ‘sin’ because our human lineage traces to Adam, by whom “sin entered the world” of humanity (Rom. 5:12). All are humans are born in bondage to the ‘Power’ of the ‘Sin-nature.’
The ‘Sin-nature’ is nothing less than the 'Serpent's' nature, whose words deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (cf., Gen 3:1-6). They rejected God’s words, choosing rather to believe the words of the Serpent - Satan. Thereby “Sin” became the governing nature in all of Adam’s seed; making all of us ‘slaves’ to the Serpentine ‘Sin nature.’ 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants [slaves] ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death [1Cor. 15:56a], or of obedience unto righteousness? (Rom. 6:16)
The “Apostle to the Gentiles,” Paul, wrote to the believers at Rome. 20 When you were Slaves To Sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. (Rom 6:20, NIV)
Nearly every verse I site in this article is of Paul, “the Apostle to the Gentiles,” educating us as to our past and present conditions relative to Sin and our Redemption from Sin.
Paul here in Ephesians is speaking to Gentile believers, revealing their condition in “time past,” as lost sinners.
1… you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to ‘the prince of the power of the air [Satan],’ of the [Sin] spirit that is now working IN the sons of disobedience. 3Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts [desires] of our [sinful] flesh, indulging the desires of the Flesh and of the Mind, and were By Nature Children of Wrath, even as the rest. (Eph 2:1-3)
Paul here reveals his frustration with his Sin problem, though he later saw the truth... of freedom “in Christ.”
17…it is no more I that do it, but Sin that Dwelleth IN Me. 23… I see another law In My Members [my body members] … bringing me into captivity to the Law of Sin which Is IN My [body] Members (Rom 7:17, 23).
We get a glimmer of hope in the truth for all believers when Jesus likens Himself to the brazen ‘Serpent that Moses lifted’ on a pole whereby Israelites bitten by Serpents could be delivered from death. (cf. Num. 21:4-9)
3 God sending his own Son In The Likeness of Sinful Flesh Condemned SIN IN THE FLESH (Rom 8:3). 14 as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must The Son of Man Be Lifted Up [on the cross]: (Jn 3:14).
Jesus took upon Himself the “likeness of [our] Sinful flesh” and judged it (Rom. 8:3), nailing it to His cross. Christ’s death of the Cross was also … our Old Man’s death to the Power of the Serpent Sin-nature.
7 He that is dead is free from Sin’s dominion” (Rom 6:7). 4… brethren, Ye Also Are Become ‘Dead to The Law’ [How?] By the [crucified physical] Body of Christ… (Rom 7:4).
Jesus said, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant (Gk., doulos, slave] of sin. (Jn 8:34). In Roman’s 7, Paul sees “Sin” is the evil flesh nature that beguiles and seizes men when they live under “the commandment [the law].”
11SIN, seizing the opportunity and getting a hold on me from [by] the Commandment [Law], beguiled and entrapped and cheated me, and using it [the Law as a weapon], killed me. (Rom 7:11 (AMP)
ALL of mankind are born “in Sin,’ needing to be freed the dominion of the Satanic Sin-Nature.
Thankfully, the Lord has ‘Redeemed’ us through the cross of Christ.
1) Jesus Redeemed us from Sin’s dominion over us, and from the death payment due for our sins.
2) Jesus Redeemed us from “the curse of ‘the Law,” which is “the Power of Sin,” even in Christians (1Cor 15:56b). I will expand upon this a little later.
The word “slaves” as Jesus and Paul used it, indicates ‘the dominion of the ‘Sin-nature’ over man.’ Biblical Redemption involves the believer’s deliverance from ‘bondage to Sin’ as its ‘slaves.’
Let’s now look into the exact meaning of the word “redemption.” Our English word “redeem” is derived from the Greek word ‘exagorazo,’ which is actually a translation derived from these three Greek words. 1) ‘agarazo,’ meaning, “to buy at the market.”; 2) ex-agarazo, meaning, ‘to buy out of the market’; 3) ‘lutron,’ meaning, ‘to set free upon receipt or payment of the ransom price.’ Jesus freed us by paying the ransom with … His shed blood.
A typical slave buyer would buy a slave “at the market,” making the slave his possession. Typically, the bought slave was still in bondage, now to his new owner. The Greek word ‘lutron’ means, ‘to SET FREE upon receipt or payment of the ransom price.” Here “lutron” is transliterated ‘apolytrosis’; 7In whom [in Christ] we have redemption [apolytrosis, ransom paid in FULL] through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (Eph. 1:7). - The Lord Jesus Purchased Us with His Own Shed Blood, taking us ‘out of the slave market’… To forever SET US FREE from Sin’s dominion!
Our Redemption is from 1) the dominion and Power of Sin, and 2) from the death penalty that was due for our acts of sinning (cf. Rom 6:23). Our Redemption is based upon Christ’s ‘Payment of the Price’… as our ‘REDEEMER.’ The “redeemed” believer has freedom, ‘liberty purchased through the blood of Christ!
18 … ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your
vain conversation [empty lives] received by tradition from your fathers; 19But With The PRECIOUS BLOOD of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (1 Peter 1:18-19) 9… Thou [Jesus] Wast Slain, and Hast Redeemed Us To God… (Rev 5:9).
20 You were Bought With a Price [purchased with a precious Blood of Christ, as of a lamb]… (1Cor 6:20 (AMP)
There is a persistent dilemma for those Christians who resist Paul’s “gospel of the grace of God,” foolishly still trying to earn God’s favor “Under the WORKS OF THE LAW.” Paul writes of religious trap for Christians;
10For as many as are of [adhering to] The Works of The Law are Under the Curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in ALL Things which are written in the book of ‘The Law’ to DO Them… (Gal. 3:10).
1 YOU poor and silly and thoughtless and unreflecting and senseless Galatians…2 Let me ask you this…: Did you receive the Spirit [of Christ] as the result of obeying the Law and doing its works, or was it by hearing [the message of the Gospel] and believing [it]? Was it from observing a law of rituals or from a Message of Faith? 3Are you so foolish and so senseless and so silly? Having begun [your new life spiritually] with the [Holy] Spirit, are you now reaching perfection [by dependence] on the [your sinful] flesh? (Gal 3:1-3 (AMP)
The good news of Paul’s “gospel of the grace of God” is to know this.
First: 56b… the strength [Gk., dunamis, power] of Sin is The Law. (1Cor 15:56b)
13 Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] From ‘The Curse of The Law’… (Gal 3:13 (AMP), thus,
14Sin shall Not have Dominion Over You: for Ye Are NOT Under The Law, but under GRACE. (Rom 6:14).
We are “Redeemed from The Curse of The Law” by Christ’s shed blood and death of the cross where he was;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances [Laws] that was against us, which was contrary to us, and [Christ] Took It [The Law] Out of The Way, Nailing It to His Cross (Col. 2:14).
All believers are “crucified with Christ.” Now, being dead, we are free from the Power & Dominion of Sin that yet remains IN our flesh … until we are freed from the presence of Sin IN our body… at the Rapture.
2 0I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I [as a self] live; yet not I, but CHRIST LIVETH IN ME… (Gal 2:20)
3… so many of us as were baptized [placed] into Jesus Christ were baptized (immersed) Into His Death? (Rom 6:3)
6… our Old Man [our sin-infected soul] was Nailed to The Cross with Him in order that [Our] Body [Which Is the Instrument] of Sin] might be Made Ineffective and inactive for evil, [so] that we might NO Longer Be the SLAVES of SIN. 7For when a man Dies, He Is Freed [delivered] from [The Power of] Sin [in the flesh]. (Rom 6:6-7 (AMP)
4 … brethren, Ye [as believers] also Are Become Dead To The Law by The [crucified] Body of Christ … (Rom 7:4)
51… We shall not all sleep [in death], but we shall all be changed, 52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the [sleeping] dead shall be Raised Incorruptible… (1 Cor 15:51-52)
All believers in the Cross-work of Christ have been “redeemed” from “the Law” that gave power to the ‘Sin-nature’ that had “dominion” over us (cf. Rom 5:20a). Believers during this day of “the dispensation of the grace of God” are free from ALL external religious Laws; 14Ye Are NOT Under The Law… (Rom 6:14). 13…until [before] the law came sin was in the world: but sin is Not imputed [counted] when there is no law. (Rom 5:13). Today, we live under grace, 15…where NO Law is, there is No transgression [no sin counted]. (Rom 4:15).
Praise God for His grace - we’ve been REDEEMED, purchased out of the Slave Market and set free from ‘the Law’ and the curse of its death penalty. God’s grace and love toward us has done for us what we could never do for ourselves.
“To the praise of the glory of His Grace… He [The Father] Hath Made US Accepted [hath engraced us] IN The Beloved One [Christ], 7 IN whom We Have, ‘Redemption’ and the ‘Forgiveness of Sins’ according to the riches of His Grace, (Eph 1:6-7 AMP).