We hear the word “redemption” a lot in the church world. What does it mean? Redemption means to buy back something that has been lost. Jesus, by his blood, bought us back from the prison of sin. He paid the warden of our prison, Satan, for the price of our jailing. He paid for our sin and Satan had to let us go due to Christ’s payment. The blood of Jesus declared that the price was paid in full. It is finished. His blood told the devil that we are paid for and we’ve been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ.
There is nothing in this world more powerful than his blood. The blood of Jesus has set us free. In Galatians, Paul says, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:13-14)
Every year, in a small, quiet encounter usually off to the side of the stage, I will be asked by a precious believer if they have committed the unpardonable sin. They feel as though they have stepped outside of God’s love and grace. I tell them, first off, if they had, they wouldn’t be in church talking to me. People that commit that sin turn their backs on God, wage war against him and deny his existence. The devil, as a great tactician is, using condemnation to bog them done. Then I tell them—and I’m telling you—that your sins are forgiven, big and small, all of them. “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:19)
The next time the devil tries to tell you that your sins are still hanging on your life, every time he tries to condemn you, you tell him that you are forgiven in Christ, your sins have been washed away.
What does this mean to those outside his family? God’s not mad at the world. Their sins have been forgiven. They just have to leave that sin behind and accept what Christ has done for them at the cross. They need to wake up to the fact that they have won the lottery. They have been purchased out of their debtors prison. They need to realize they are forgiven.