Redemption: to free from captivity by payment of a ransom
Restoration: the bringing back to a former position or condition
The blood of Jesus Christ frees those who believe and accept its provision as a one time, permanent sacrifice for our sins. We are told that the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus frees us from the Law of Sin and Death.
The use of this description carries a legal reference and an accounting reference. Legally, it is a matter that has been through the court system of heaven and has been decided. It is a completed work.
Interestingly, it is very similar to humanity's relationship to the law of gravity. Humanity does nothing to make gravity work. It is there and it works. Our regard and respect of the Law of Gravity could be described as an accounting entry.
If we do not honor the Law of Gravity there can be grave consequences. When we recognize and work within the understanding of the Law of gravity, good things happen. When we reckon gravity to be an influence on our challenges with weight, we can take the proper actions and accomplish our missions with ease.
So it is with the redemption we receive through the blood of Christ. We must not only accept it, but we must settle the fact that we are free from the tyranny and oppression of the Kingdom of Darkness and act upon our relationship with our God with the same respect and honor we do the Law of Gravity. Honoring the reality of freedom from Satan's powers will bring fantastic results in the life of the Believer.
There are many references to the redeeming relationship of the Followers of Jesus Christ with his sacrifice on the cross and the provision of His blood. Here are a few for you to review:
- Ephesians 1:7-8
- Colossians 1:14
- Titus 2:14
- 2 Corinthians 8:9
- Hebrews 9:22
- Revelation 1:5
- 1 Peter 1:18-19
Next week we will continue our discussion on Redemption and Restoration.