Redeemed

This morning in my reading I came across the word redeemed and it made me start thinking about the word and what it really means.  What are we redeemed from? What are we redeemed to? What is redeemed?

What has he redeemed us from?

Galatians 3:9-10 Those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham the man of faith. For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse.

Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.  Redeemed here means completely out from, to rescue from loss, ransom, redeem.

for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.

The law isn’t what brought on sin, the law isn’t bad, it isn’t the curse, the law in and of itself was good.  The law showed us who we were always meant to be, we viewed the law and perceived lack in us based on our own ability to fulfill it. That was never the intention of the law, the law was meant to draw us back to God.  The curse is that through the law we viewed lack in ourselves in our own ability and instead of turning back to God we turned to our own self works.

Adam and Eve believed a lie of lack and thus ate of the tree of knowledge to obtain wisdom which was already theirs. By their own hands they tried to cover their nakedness. We looked at the law and perceived our lack based on our own ability to bring forth that type of life and then try to obtain that life by our own works instead of turning to God. We turn to works rather than trusting in the faith we saw revealed in Jesus.

Jesus redeemed us from that way of thinking as he showed us the truth of us and of the relationship the father has always desired to have with us. He fulfilled the law and give us a vantage point of who we truly are, it was the unveiling of our true selves.

Our choice is to believe him and rest in that truth of who we are, lacking no good thing in Him.

Or,

we can perceive ourselves as lacking and then hop into our own works to try and bring forth life by our own hands, which is the very curse he redeemed us from.

We are redeemed from Death unto Eternal Life by faith in the Son of God alone, no works but his. Amen.

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