By Erasmus Makarimayi
Our redemption was fully paid for by the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. It means we were purchased from the fallen nature with equivalent value of who we were to become. Our value is regarded in Christ where we’re found.
It’s not our good deeds but the grace of God. Jesus went ahead while we were still sinners and rescued us because God is love whose embodiment is expressed in Christ Jesus. We didn’t work for this. It’s unearned, undeserved, unmerited and humanly unattainable favour.
We are more than pardoned or forgiven but declared innocent and seen in Christ as having never committed sin. Before God’s eyes we are guiltless even if we may feel condemned. It’s not a feeling but a knowing.
This truth will make you free. Please note that the Bible doesn’t say that it will set you free as if you are tied to some evil forces. Jesus told us in John 8:32: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” If you read carefully you will notice that the devil can convince you that you need to break chains of bondage by some process of rolling on the floor or some other means.
The truth here is that you shall know the truth and get freed. So it’s a mental issue. Jesus set us free and what we need is the knowledge. That’s why as far back as the Old Covenant, they were told to meditate on the Word. Joshua 1:8 writes: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Let’s seek after knowledge.
Wisdom teaches us to get understanding so that we are not taken advantage of and mutilated by the devil who emphatically lost the plot. He didn’t know. We know. We read in 1 Corinthians 2:7-8: “(7) But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: (8) Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” The devil only discovered after Jesus’ death that His death meant and means life to us. It was too late because he had already put his machinery into motion to kill Jesus.
However we also know further that Jesus wasn’t just killed by satan. He gave Himself up willingly. Satan doesn’t wield such power to execute such an operation. Titus 2:14 testifies: “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
We have to know and understand these things. Wisdom cries out in Proverbs 4:7: “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
The powers of darkness were defeated hands down, tail between the legs. Colossians 2:15, notes: “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”
The Message Bible hammers it well: “He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.” We were forgiven, redeemed and ransomed. Jesus spelt out, Mark 10:45: “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” We are free.
Jesus carried out a mission more than the Old Covenant rituals could do and which only Him was assigned to accomplish and He ably did so. We are eternally redeemed by His blood in the Holy of Holies. Hebrews 9:11-12, record: “(11) But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building: (12) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Our salvation is sure and certain. We don’t live in fear and doubt about our standing before God in Christ. Our redemption is a complete and finished thing.
Sin was put away. As dealt with in the last installment, sin should never shout at us. The Bible declares that Jesus is in the Father’s presence on our behalf, after putting sin away by the sacrifice of Himself.
We read in Hebrews 9:24-26, New King James: “(24) For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: (25) not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another — (26) He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” Deal sealed.
Hebrews 7:25: assures us, “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” E W Kenyon describes: “The word “save” also means “heal” In His mind there are no incurables. He climaxes the whole thing by declaring that He made one sacrifice for sins forever, so that the man who accepts Him as his Saviour becomes God’s child. As His child, man becomes the Righteousness of God in Christ.” Now we can approach the Father at any time or anywhere with a quiet certainty that we have an audience. Faith has ceased to be a problem. Sin has ceased to be a problem. Righteousness has ceased to be a problem. Sonship has ceased to be a problem. We are now in Christ, New Creations, children of God.”