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                                                                                                        March 13, 2016

The Price Paid

Redemption is an interesting word. It is an important word. It can be said that it is THE context of the Bible—that IS important. What most people never realize is that this important word is really infrequently used. In all of the Bible, this english word, and the variants, are used less than 100 times. Why this is so interesting and so surprising, is that in the religious world at large today, the word is so frequently, and loosely, used. Many use it as a synonym for deliverance, but the concept of deliverance is much broader than the meaning of redemption. Some would use it interchangeably with grace. While the concepts work together, they are not the same. There are those who emphasize mercy and use that to mean redemption. They are not the same. There are many other “loose” uses, too. Is redemption related to deliverance? Yes. However, all deliverance is not redemption. Is grace somehow related to redemption? Yes. In fact, grace is the reason there is redemption, but they are not the same thing. Is there mercy in redemption? Yes, for Christians, but mercy is not a necessary component of redemption, not or they synonymous.

Why be concerned with the precision in our understanding of the word “redemption”? It matters because the Bible is very narrow concerning redemption. It matters because our focus must be on what it is, how it came to be, and what the results of it are.

The early first century world was a world filled with grecian concepts, language, and culture. Since that is when the Bible, from Matthew through the Revelation, was written, the words we find there that are translated as redemption are important to understand in that grecian context. Etymologically speaking, the word groups translated as redemption (and related forms), had come to have a very precise meaning of “loosing by a price paid.” It was not originally used as a strictly religious term. It could be used to describe the paying of a price to release prisoners of war. It might, and commonly was, used to refer to the release of a slave when a price was paid. A wonderful example of this use is found, not only in secular writings, but in Scripture. The writer of Hebrews used it this way in describing some people exhibiting great faith: “Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection” (Hebrews 11:35). It is no wonder that through the Spirit these men chose to use this very specific word group to speak of and describe the change of life brought about when becoming a child of God—it helps us focus on the price paid.

The idea of redemption didn’t begin in the Gospels. God had a plan for the price to be paid all along. The Hebrew language of the Law, the Writings, and the Prophets bear this out. There are three basic word groups that carry the concept of redemption. The group with the root, padah, is a somewhat legal term concerning the substitution required for the person or animal delivered. The second is, gaal, another legal term regarding the deliverance of some person, property, or right to which one had a previous claim through family relation. Then there is the third, kaphar, which is to cover over, appease, or atone. Each of these three word groups in Hebrew are key to a thorough understanding of redemption.

Why does anyone need redemption? Exactly why is a payment, or ransom, needed? What are we delivered from and to whom are we delivered when redemption takes place?

Simply put, all need redemption because of sin: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed” (Romans 3:32-25). When God created man, man had a special place, a special relationship with God. When man sins, he has departed from God’s right path—he is separated from God. “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear” (Isaiah 59:2).

God has a previous familial claim on man. Sin removes man from that relationship. Think of our Hebrew word, gaal—there is a price to be paid because of a previous claim through family relation. We cannot pay our own price for our own life. There must be a substitute price paid—remember our Hebrew word padah? Dealing with our third Hebrew word, kaphar, we can now see that the price paid must be of value to atone for the iniquities that have separated us from God. God has a plan to deal with every facet of redemption. He has always had a plan that satisfies His previous claim through a valuable substitute:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.
In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.
In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:3-14)

Hosea spoke for God, writing, “Shall I ransom [padah] them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem [gaal] them from death? O Death, where are your thorns? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion will be hidden from My sight” (Hosea 13:14). Is it any wonder that Paul quotes Hosea (1Corinthians 15:54-57) as he refers to those who have obeyed being confident in the resurrection? What a wonderful, powerful Redeemer who paid the price to atone providing a complete redemption, a redemption greater than man could ever possibly reach on his own. “But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:11-12).

God has provided a plan whereby we can come to God in obedience, accepting that great price that was paid, and then live the life that He intended (1Peter 3:21-22). Focusing on the price paid changes us—our hearts, our actions. The Spirit, through Peter, puts redemption in complete perspective for us:

Like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. (1Peter 1:15-23)

What redemption! What a price paid!

—S. Scott Richardson Sr.


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