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There is no other way – Part 10


Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

By the ransom of His own life (1 Pet 1:18-19), Jesus liberated us from the enemies holding the human race in bondage, i.e., sin (6:6), death (2 Tim 1:10; 1 Cor 15:54-57) and Satan (Acts 10:38), making us free to serve God (6:18). All the above results of Christ’s sacrificial death occur potentially for all people, but only actually for individuals, who through faith, accept Jesus Christ and His death for them.

The Blood Of Jesus Gives Redemption And Forgiveness
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph 1:7). “Redemption,” (Gk apolutrōsis) occurs three times in the book of Ephesians (1:7, 14; 4:30) and has the meaning of “deliverance with a price.” The price paid by Christ was costly: “through His blood.” Paul reveals in this book that God’s provision of “redemption” in Christ covers the full range of human need—our need of forgiveness, deliverance, reconciliation, peace, love, new life, wisdom, understanding, community, acceptance, order, security, hope and victory in our conflict with Satan and his forces. “knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Pet 1:18, 19)

A slave was “redeemed,” when someone paid money to buy his or her freedom. God redeemed us from the tyranny of sin, not with money, but with the precious blood of His own Son (Romans 6:6, 7; 1 Corinthians 6:20; Colossians 2:13, 14; Hebrews 9:12). We cannot escape from sin on our own; only the life of God’s Son can free us. “Precious blood,” Scripture plainly sets forth Christ’s sacrificial death as that, which procures the believer’s redemption, i.e., release from bondage to sin (cf. Eph 1:7; see Heb 9:14). “Precious,” Gk timiō, means “costly, most valuable.” The blood of Christ bought the valuable gift of salvation at great cost, the death of our Saviour.

“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Heb 9: 14).

The blood of Christ. The blood of Jesus Christ is central to the NT concept of redemption (1 Cor 10: 16; 11:27; Eph 2:13; 1 Pet 1:2; Rev 7:14; 12:11). On the cross, Christ shed His innocent blood in order to remove our sins and to reconcile us with God (5:8; Rom 5:19; Phil 2:8; cf. Lev 16). By His blood, Christ accomplished the following: (1) His blood forgives the sins of all who repent and believe (Mat 26:28). (2) His blood ransoms all believers from the power of Satan and evil powers (Acts 20:28; Eph 1:7; 1 Pet 1:18-19; Rev 5:9; 12:11). (3) His blood justifies all who believe in Him (Rom 3:24-25). (4) His blood cleanses believers’ conscience that they might serve God without guilt in full assurance of faith (9:14; 10:22; 13:18). (5) His blood sanctifies the people of God (13: 12; 1 John 1: 7-10). (6) His blood opens the way for believers to come directly before God through Him in order to find grace, mercy, help and salvation (7:25; 10:19; Eph 2:13, 18). (7) His blood is a guarantee of all the promises of the new covenant (10:29; 13:20; Mat 26:28; 1 Cor 11:25). (8) The saving, reconciling and purifying power of the blood of Christ is continually appropriated to believers, as they come to God through Him (7:25; 10:22; 1 John 1:7).
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