Salvation--What Happened To Me the Moment I Was Saved?
I Was Redeemed
Did Paul write the Ephesian epistle (letter) to believers or to unbelievers (see Ephesians 1:1)? _____________________________________What did these people have according to Ephesians 1:7? __________________________________(just one word is sufficient). Was the Colossian Epistle also written to believers (see Colossians 1:2)? ___________ In verse 14, what is the one word that describes what these people had? __________________________ According to these verses (Eph. 1:7 and Col. 1:14), if you are a believer in Christ, then what do you have? _________________________ True or False: _____________ Every believer has been redeemed. Read Romans 3:24. Our redemption is ______ Christ Jesus. Likewise we read in 1 Corinthians 1:30, "But of him are ye ____ Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and_______________________." In Christ we have redemption! Those who are outside of Christ do not have ________________________________ .
As we study the nation Israel we will see a picture of redemption that will help us to better understand our redemption in Christ. In Genesis 15:12-14 God told Abram (Abraham) that his seed (descendants) would be slaves in a foreign nation for how many years? ____________ In verse 14, did the Lord promise to deliver the people from this bondage? _______ Read Exodus 1:8-14. Did Gods Word (Genesis 15:13) come to pass? _______ Which nation made slaves of the children of Israel? _________________ [Note: "the children of Israel" means all the descendants of Jacob whose name was changed to "Israel". See Genesis 32:27-28.] Did the children of Israel enjoy this slavery (Exodus 1:14)? ___________ Did the LORD know about their situation (Exodus 2:23-25)? ______ Did the LORD promise to redeem them and deliver them from their cruel slavery? (Exodus 6:6) __________Did the LORD keep this promise? ___________(You can read about Gods great work of redemption and deliverance in Exodus 14--the crossing of the Red Sea!).
In studying these 8 passages we have learned the following facts about Israels redemption:
FACT NUMBER 1--Israels Redeemer was ________________________________ .
FACT NUMBER 2--Before the children of Israel were redeemed they were________________ in the land of Egypt.
FACT NUMBER 3--Israels redemption involved a mighty ____________of God.
FACT NUMBER 4--After the children of Israel were redeemed, they forever belonged to ___________.
We will now discover that these same four facts are true concerning the believers redemption in Christ. These four facts may be classified as follows: 1) THE GREAT REDEEMER; 2) THE TERRIBLE SLAVERY; 3) THE MIGHTY ACT; 4) THE NEW OWNER.
Who obtained eternal redemption for us (Hebrews 9:11-12)? _________________________ Who has redeemed us to God (Revelation 5:89)? _____________________ (Note: for the identity of "the Lamb" see 1 Peter 1:18-19). Who has redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13)? ________________ Whom did God send forth to redeem us (Galatians 4: 4-5)? _______________________ Who is able to make us free (John 8:36)? _______________________________ Who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity (Titus 2:13-14)? ___________________________________________ THEREFORE, who is our GREAT REDEEMER? _______________________________________________
A true disciple of Christ must do what (John 8:31)?________________________________ What is it that makes a person free (John 8:32)? _____________________What is the truth 1) according to John 17:17? _______________________________ 2) according to John 14:6? _________________________. In John 8:33, did the Jews think that they were slaves? ____________In verse 34 the Lord Jesus said that everyone who commits (does, practices) sin is the _____________________ (slave) of sin. Thus, these Jews who thought they were free were really slaves of ____________.Who is the only Person who can redeem us from the bondage of sin (verse 36)?____________________ According to Romans 6:17, before we were saved we were the_________________ (slaves) of _______________ .
In Galatians 3:13, what has Christ redeemed us from? ________________________________ The curse of the law is found in Galatians 3:10. Is it possible for a person who is a slave of sin to obey all things which are in the book of the law? ________ Is it possible for a person who is in the bondage of sin to keep the 10 commandments perfectly? _________ The holy demands of the law are as follows: "If you do all that the law says, then you will live! If you fail to obey all that the law says, then you will die!" Because we are slaves to sin it is impossible for us to keep the law perfectly and thus we are under the curse of death! And yet, we have a GREAT REDEEMER who took the curse of death upon Himself so that we might live (Galatians 3:13)!
Redemption requires a great and mighty act of God. This great work of God is described in 1 Peter 1:18-19. What were we redeemed with? ____________________________________________ In Ephesians 1:7 we learn that we have redemption through H______ B _______________. In Revelation 5:9 we learn that Christ has redeemed us to God by His ____________________. The "blood" of Christ reminds us of the great sacrifice that took place on Calvarys cross when the Lord Jesus died for the sins of the world (see John 1:29; 1 Timothy 2:6 and 1 John 2:2). We are redeemed from the slavery of sin because of the mighty work our Saviour accomplished on the cross! All of the animal sacrifices in the Old Testament were merely reminders that someday there would be the final and perfect sacrifice of the Lamb of God, our Lord Jesus Christ (read Hebrews 9:12-14 and 10:3-12). All of these animal sacrifices pointed to (and foreshadowed) the perfect sacrifice that would someday be made on Calvarys cross. It was there that the mighty work of redemption took place as the Lord Jesus died for our sins! Christ paid for our redemption with His own precious blood.
In Revelation 5:9 we discover that Christ has redeemed us to _____________. Therefore we now belong to _________. In Titus 2:14 we learn that Christ has _______________________ us from all ________________________________ and has purified us unto _____________________, a peculiar people [Note: "peculiar people" should be translated "a people of His own."] Read Romans 6:22. Now that we are redeemed, we have been made free from ____________ and we have become __________________ (slaves) to __________ . What a wonderful slavery! According to Hebrews 9:12, how long will our wonderful redemption last? _____________________ (compare 1 Chronicles 17:21-22--"forever").
Redeemed how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb!
Redeemed through His infinite mercy!
His child, and forever I am!
I think of my blessed Redeemer,
I think of Him all the day long;
I sing, for I cannot be silent!
His love is the theme of my song!
--Fanny J. Crosby
The following chart will compare the redemption of Israel with the redemption of the believer in Christ:
1) The Great Redeemer
|Israel was redeemed by the LORD!||The believer was redeemed
by the LORD JESUS CHRIST!
2) The Terrible Slavery
|Israel was redeemed from the slavery of Egypt.||The believer was redeemed from the slavery of sin.|
3) The Mighty Act
|Israels redemption involved a mighty act of God--the Red Sea miracle (Exodus 14).||The believers redemption involved a mighty act of God--the Cross (1 Peter 1:18-19).|
4) The New Owner
|Israel was redeemed so that they would forever belong to God (1 Chronicles 17:21-22)!||The believer was redeemed so that he would forever belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20; Titus 2:14; Revelation 5:9; Hebrews 9:12)!|
When our redemption is completed, then we will be truly SINLESS--it will be impossible for us to sin! Here are some verses that tell us about this final and complete redemption: Luke 21:28; Ephesians 1:14 and 4:30; Romans 8:23.
The following hymn was written by Charles Wesley and well illustrates our redemption in Christ (being set free from the dungeon house of sin):
"Long my imprisoned spirit lay
fastbound in sin and natures night;
Thine eye diffused a quickning ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free!
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee!
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me!"