by Pastor David Grey
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” — Colossians 1:13-14
The word “redeem” simply means to recover something, usually by paying a price. To redeem something costs something.
It also carries the idea of ownership and implies the restoration of something that has been forfeited, pawned, stolen or lost. That which is redeemed is restored to its rightful owner.
Jesus said in Luke 19: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.”
We know that He came to redeem mankind but the little word that implies Jesus is not speaking only of men but of something else as well and it is not difficult to identify just what that is.
We have only to refer back to Genesis to know what was lost. When we do, we find that two things were lost when Adam ate the fruit of the forbidden tree. They resulted in the death of man both spiritually and physically.
Those two things were fellowship with the Creator and the moral power to live holy lives. The loss of moral power for righteous living made communion with the Father impossible.
These are the things Christ died to redeem. The actual outworking of that redemption would be accomplished by the indwelling Holy Spirit sent at Pentecost. He restores consistent obedience as we walk in the Spirit, thus insuring unbroken communion with the Father.
The two are inseparable. Obedience is possible only in the Spirit and communion with God results.
One of the things it seems we have forgotten in this modern age is that man’s sin did not in any way change the requirements of the moral law.