Redemption means to redeem or buy back.

1 Corinthians 1:30 tells us that Jesus is our “wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” That means that because of the work that Christ did on the cross, He bought us back or redeemed us from sin. Perhaps we can make an illustration or a short story that will help us to understand what that means.

Let us suppose that you received a very nice toy kit as a present and you put that toy together. You created and loved that toy, but one day the toy went missing. It was lost. You looked everywhere for it. Then one day, as you and your father walked by a toy store, there it was in the window with a price tag attached. You and your father walked into the store and asked about the toy. The store owner said that someone had found it and he paid them for it. Now it was his and he wanted the full price that he paid, plus a profit. But you did not have any money to redeem or buy back your toy! Then your father said that he would pay what the store owner wanted. He pulled out his wallet and paid the full price for that toy! You walked out of the store with your precious toy in your arms. Not only had you created that toy, but now someone had purchased it back after it was lost.

How do we apply this story to what redemption means? God created us, but we were lost. Then one day God’s Son, Jesus Christ, paid the full price for our redemption. He bought us back and He became not only our creator, but our loving Father. We did not have to pay for our redemption; it was paid for by our Savior. So then, redemption means that someone pays the price to purchase something. And in the case of the lost sinner, Jesus paid the price to purchase us out of the bondage of sin and when we trust in Him, we become a born again child of a loving Father.

Bible Truth

“We have been set free because of what Christ has done. Because he bled and died our sins have been forgiven. We have been set free because God’s grace is so rich” (Ephesians 1:7).

“Because of what the Son has done, we have been set free. Because of him, all our sins have been forgiven” (Colossians 1:14). 

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Reader's Version®. NIV®. Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

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