Redeemed: What does it mean?

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The Verse of the Day for April 24, 2015 is taken from 1 Peter 1:18-19 (KJV):

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spots

Here is this passage in the New Living Translation:

18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

A recent blog post “Redeemed by the Kinsman Redeemer” discussed the concept of redemption—the act of redeeming. which literally means “to purchase out, buy up; buy out of the hands of a person; to set free; to buy off, to secure for oneself or one’s own use; to buy up from the power or possession of any one.” According to the King James Dictionary, to be redeemed, then, is to be forgiven, to be made holy, to be freed, adopted, and reconciled to God.

In reflecting on our having been redeemed, we recognize that “Everything has its price.” Though Resurrection Sunday has passed, we continue to thank God for the price that was paid for our redemption, expressed in this poetic reflection:

Taking it Personally

Isaiah 53

Cursed with a curse, He was hung on a tree.

The suffering servant bartered for a price,

Battered and bruised for my iniquity.

Behold the Lamb, unblemished sacrifice,

Offered once, Jesus Christ, my Passover.

Afflicted, stricken, smitten that God should

Freely pour out His mercy, moreover,

Lay on Him the chastisement of my peace.

From His side flowed water and sinless blood,

A new covenant established that I might cease

From dead works by a new and living way.

God’s good pleasure no longer concealed

But memorialized this solemn day.

Man of sorrows, with His stripes I am healed

In spirit, mind and body, for I am

Quickened and cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.

We close our blog entry with two related songs: a familiar hymn offered by Bill and Gloria Gaither: “Redeemed”

The second song is “I Have Been Redeemed” by Wendy O’Connell*

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